“Conservation should indeed be a global priority. But understanding of the complexity and colonial roots of this problem and the shocking double standards that exist, is vital” Very important article by conservation scientist Tarsh Thakaekara
Adam Hart and colleagues on the harm that celebrities and media misinformation are doing to conservation
Misogyny alive and well in the world of shark conservation – time for a change of attitude
Top tips on keeping your plants and gardens healthy
Interesting Open Access article on urban conservation
Fantastic essay about Rosalind Franklin by Matthew Cobb (author of The Brain and Very Short Introduction to Smell)
Sophie Yeo asks ‘Does citizen science make you happier?”
Insect inspired eye make-up
The benefit of an insect collection, said Floyd Shockley, the insect collection manager at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, is that “a dead specimen, if properly preserved, can be there forever.” A 153-year-old insect collection is being used to solve modern problems.
Another insightful blog post from Manu Saunders about the insect apocalypse stories and the data behind them
Top tips on making your lawn wildlife friendly
If we really want to, we can reverse the declines seen in insect abundance – link to a full report by the Wildlife Trusts here
How bad is trophy hunting really? Could it benefit biodiversity?
Should we pay farmers to sequester carbon?
Loaded language – Is it time to rethink how we talk about ‘non-native’ species?
Along similar lines, a really thoughtful and useful article from Manu Saunders – giving due credit to other cultures and women – “Teaching resources: history and philosophy of ecology”
Keeping with the diversification theme – a thoughtful post from Stephen Heard
All about peanuts and not the cartoon variety!
A nice synopsis of Gilbert White’s contribution to natural history
And for something completely different – if you are a fan of medieval murder mystery stories or planning on writing one, this is the site for you 🙂 – absolutely fascinating
Manu Saunders on the rights and wrongs of altmetrics and other measures of impacts
From a few years ago, but worth a read, How Birds are Fooled by Ladybird Mimicry and Why Spiders are Amazing
I had never heard of this plant – interesting post from Markus Eichhorn – Kratom – when ethnobotany goes wrong
Megan Duffy on the work-life balance conundrum. Something we should all think hard about.
Insect numbers may be in decline but some are expanding their ranges – latest research from Charlie Outhwaite and colleagues shows that not all is doom and gloom, although as you might expect, it is not simple
A whole issue of the journal Insect Conservation & Diversity is dedicated to the subject of insect declines and otherwise, and what we might do about it. Free to access for a year.
Do bees have consciousness? Not proven yet but Lars Chittka thinks that the fact that they can solve Molyneux’s problem may suggest they might
On the other side of the coin, in an attempt to reduce insect numbers, in this case the Diamondback moth, entomologists in the USA report on the first field release of a genetically modified, self-limiting insect
The end of farming? Interesting read but can this approach feed the world?
Cover letters – why bother? I don’t so why should you?