New Amphibian Diseases Threaten to Exacerbate Worldwide Decline

The decline of the world’s amphibians, in part due to disease caused by the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), has caused alarm among conservationists, wildlife managers, and herpetologists. Just as treatments for the disease were showing some successes, including boosting immunity through exposure to dead … Continue reading

One extinction leads to another…. And then what happens?

Worldwide, 97 of more than 280 carnivores are on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. These carnivores host parasites and diseases, some that are specialists and others that are generalists and can infect many different species of host. One … Continue reading

Favorite talks at ESA 2013

At the Ecological Society of America’s international meeting in Minneapolis last week, there were so many cool things to learn about, I felt like a kid in a candy store (as the EEB & Flow blog aptly put it). A … Continue reading

Invasive species, the unbelievably villainous enemy of biodiversity

There is very little black and white in nature; when it comes to environmental ethics, many management actions are a compromise between different valid perspectives, incorporating something that’s a little good and a little bad, no matter how you look … Continue reading