This is a collection of 11 short and engaging non-fiction stories on the subject of ecology and conservation. Keys and a bibliography are also provided.
Losing the Phyt
- Global climate change is changing the Arctic ecosystem from the bottom up.
Under Lock and Keystone
- It was hoped that the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone would control the elk population. It did. But the elk population continues to decline in part because of an invasive fish.
Relationship: It's Complicated
- Ants, aphids, and spruce trees have a complicated symbiotic relationship. Is slightly sinister mutualism a thing?
When Trees Talk
-Trees can coordinate their release of seeds to control the wild boar population. People are messing with this system.
Salmon and the Nitrogen Cycle
-When salmon return to rivers to spawn, they play a major role in the terrestrial nitrogen cycle.
Saving the Spray Toad
-The Kihansi spray toad lived on 5 square meters of wetland below a waterfall. The waterfall was diverted for hydroelectric power. Should the needs of the toads or the human population take priority?
Wild at Heart
-The Panamanian golden frog was a victim of chytrid fungus. It is kept alive by captive breeding but may never be able to be re-released into the wild.
A Frozen Zoo
-The frozen zoo keeps frozen genetic samples of more than 1,000 species. But how can animal culture be preserved?
-As organisms are affected by climate change, assisted migration is one possible conservation option. But would assisted migration just create disruptive invasive species?
How the Rhino Lost His Horn
-Should horn removal be used to help save the endangered rhino?
-Invasive Arctic foxes and rats ate their way through the Aleutian Island sea bird population. This affects nutrient cycling in the ecosystem.
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