Agriculture and conservation have been on a collision course for generations. Farming provides critical food resources and revenue in agrarian states like Tennessee, but the environmental impacts of some farming methods can be devastating. From increased run-off and habitat loss, to chemical pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Brittany Panos hopes to provide support for efforts that make farming more environmentally sustainable through the intersection of agriculture and bird conservation. Continue reading
Appalachia After Dark: Emerging Opportunities in Night Sky Conservation and Development
UT Research: Conservation Organizations Need to Keep Up with Nature
Nature is on the move. As the impacts of climate change reveal themselves, species and ecosystems are moving in response. This poses a fundamental challenge to conservation organizations—how do you conserve something that won’t stay still?
A new paper authored by Paul Armsworth, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, suggests that in order to cope, conservation organizations need to adapt like the organisms they seek to protect.
The paper, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, argues that conservation organizations need to be bolder in their adaptation efforts given the rate and extent of the ecological changes that are coming.
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UT Study Finds Saving Lonely Species Is Important for the Environment
The lemur, Javan rhino, and Santa Cruz kangaroo rat are all lonesome animals. As endemic species, they live in habitats restricted to a particular area due to climate change, urban development, or other occurrences.
Endemic species are often endangered, and a UT study finds that saving them is more important to biodiversity than previously thought.