Biodiversity

Three green and blue-faced salmon are shown close to the camera whilst swimming through clear water.

Pacific sockeye salmon during the annual migration. The Canadian government recently announced its (CAD) $647 million Pacific Salmon Strategy Initiative. “Hopefully it’s not too little, too late,” says marine campaigner Emmie Page (Image by Oregon State University/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en). 

Northwestern University
In June 2021, a heat wave spread over the Pacific Northwest, with people in the region wilting from record high temperatures. But, Fiona Skeggs reports, the threats are soaring for rivers and marine life as well.
A woman in neutral clothing, a backpack and a baseball cap stands in a green field and looks across frame.

Jen Jenkins surveys the terrain of Sundrop Prairie (Sarah Anderson/MEDILL).

Medill News Service, Northwestern University
Colleen O’Brien and Jen Jenkins are exploring whether a cluster of five grassland regions that form a rare natural oasis just south of Chicago could be dedicated as a space for stormwater collection to help mitigate flooding in the region.
George Washington University
Marine scientists are using information collected by everyday people to monitor sharks in the face of climate change.
Deer Stands on Beach

White tailed deer stands on beach in Fire Island National Seashore. (Skylar Epstein/George Washington University)

George Washington University
If this goal is met it could help address the twin ecological catastrophes of our time, the biodiversity crisis and the climate crisis — but only with the proper implementation.
George Washington University
Scientists recently identified an infectious cyanobacterium as the origin of vacuolar myelinopathy, a lethal neurological disease in wildlife.

(Glory Jacquat/Franklin & Marshall College)

Franklin & Marshall College
The problems that arise from single-species environmental campaigns and how to protect the environment through a more holistic approach.
The George Washington University
The aquatic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis has slaughtered hundreds of amphibian species globally.

Public and private-sector agencies have spent decades and millions of dollars for research and recovery to bring the Mexican gray wolf back from the brink of extinction. And those efforts appear to be paying off. (Michael Hannan/Cronkite News)

Arizona State University
Government agencies, including the Arizona Game & Fish Department, and the private Endangered Wolf Center in Missouri have invested millions of dollars and decades worth of research to save the Mexican wolf from extinction.
A Fowler's toad resting on beach sand.

A Fowler’s toad rests on the sand in Fire Island, New York. (Skylar Epstein/George Washington University)

George Washington University
Dr. Karen Lips hypothesized that the collapse of the amphibian populations was sweeping through Central America like a wave. So, in order to gather evidence for the theory, she would have to get out in front of this wave. 

Many species of reef-building corals, which are vital to the health of ocean ecosystems, face risk of extinction. (Joe Hoyt/NOAA)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Northwestern University
Each year, the International Union of Conservation of Nature is finding more and more plant, animal and fungus species threatened with extinction across the globe. What could be causing it?

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