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IPBES: Understanding biodiversity and ecosystem services from multiple perspectives.

IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) http://www.ipbes.net is a global initiative, involving more than 120 countries, aimed to “to provide policy relevant knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services in response to calls from policy makers and other users … Continue reading

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Combining observations and experiments to quantify invasive species impacts.

Biological invasions have for long being considered a major threat to biodiversity and ecosystem services. However, measuring the magnitude of such impacts have remain elusive and most information remains very local or taxon-dependant. For plants, this is particularly critical because … Continue reading

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Evolution as a way to think and to relate to nature.

There has been a long controversy in the US and worldwide about evolution vs. creationism. Strikes me, as probably stroke Rafe, that we are still debating the basics of biological science. Evolution is the key to understand all biological problems, … Continue reading

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Rafe’s interview: Thinking in how ecology and evolution can help us understand the world

https://evolution-institute.org/article/in-memoriam-rafe-sagarin/ In this interview, Rafe Sagarin addresses the importance of biological evolution in every day life, security and global change. One of the key elements of Rafe’s views was his exceptional power to make inductive thinking, by reviewing a number of … Continue reading

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Remembering Rafe Sagarin

Rafe Sagarin passed away on May 28th, 2015 while riding his bicycle to work and being hit by a drunk driver. He left behind his beloved wife and two beautiful daughters as well as a loving family and myriads of … Continue reading

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Powerful Observations of a Backyard Ecology

I wanted to share the work of Arizona State University School of Sustainability graduate student Edgar Cardenas.  Edgar’s work, a photographic exploration of the changes of his scraggly back yard over the course of time, reminds us that anywhere is … Continue reading

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On Observation – a journey up the California Coast

It’s been years, but I finally published my account of a wonderful observational field expedition I took with 13 students from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment up the California coast.  Here’s a few excerpts… “Observation is not just … Continue reading

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