Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Ban trophy hunting?

A debate over the future of trophy hunting recently raged in the pages of Science Magazine. Many writers pointed out that effective alternatives to funding and supporting conservation have started to emerge and others made ethical arguments against the practice. Read my piece for The Revelator here.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Responsible Tourism

How divers and other travelers can get responsible tourism right in sensitive locations like The Galapagos Islands. In Alert Diver magazine.

Bringing Wolves Back to Isle Royale NP

The National Park Service began reintroducing wolves to Isle Royale National Park last fall. The island ecosystem needs these top predators. Find out why, and how the reintro is going, in this post for the PBS Nature Blog.

Monday, July 29, 2019

More on Sargassum

Spring and summer 2018 saw yet another Sargassum bloom to the Caribbean, with piles of the stuff floating nearshore and ­covering beaches in Little Cayman, ­Barbados, ­Antigua, and other destinations. Read about why that happened and how divers can work around it.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Coral reef ecosystems in trouble

Coral reefs cover less than 1 percent of the Earth’s surface yet feed and shelter a significant amount of marine life and provide food, coastal protection, and livelihoods for millions of people. Read about the state of the world's coral reefs in this PBS Nature Blog post. Spoiler alert: it isn't pretty. 

When Light Becomes Pollution

Artificial light at night affects wildlife in many ways, including, according to some recent studies, by increasing predation on insects, decreasing amphibian reproduction, and interfering with nocturnal pollinators. Read more about the problem and easy solutions in this PBS Nature Blog post.
Image: NASA Earth Observatory

Monday, June 10, 2019

Blazing trails in Franklin Mountains State Park

Robert Newman designed and built more than 10 miles of trails through the rugged landscape of Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso. Read about this extraordinary volunteer in Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine.