biodiversity


Using Clouds to Map Ecosystem Boundaries

Cloud cover based on 15 years of satellite observations captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors on NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites.Cloud cover based on 15 years of satellite observations captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors on NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites.

Researching clouds and their impact on ecosystems and species could help researchers find an entirely new way to see the Earth. By looking at clouds, researchers can add a layer of evidence to existing theories and practices of conservation of land and animals.

Island Biogeography

Theory of Island Biogeography illustrated in a graph. Graph: Wikipedia.Theory of Island Biogeography illustrated in a graph. Graph: Wikipedia.

The biogeography of islands is a fascinating topic that extends to more than just island locations. The ‘island’ part of ‘island biogeography’ can refer to actual islands as well as isolated areas such as mountaintops, valleys, and other secluded spaces of unique biodiversity. These areas, surrounded by unsuitable habitat, often […]

Island Biogeography of the Great Basin

Great Basin Bristlecone Pine species (Pinus longaeva). Source: Jim Gordon, Biloxi, MS.Great Basin Bristlecone Pine species (Pinus longaeva). Source: Jim Gordon, Biloxi, MS.

The theory of island biogeography is one of the explanations as to why speciation occurs.  The term “island biogeography” is not specific to land masses surrounded by water but rather it refers to any area of habitat that is surrounded by unsuitable habitat for the species in question; this can […]