The Appalachia Community of Scholars will be hosting a research presentation by Tim Ezzell discussing UT’s recent efforts to help develop a dark skies destination in Calhoun County, West Virginia and emerging efforts to create a regional conservation and development strategy.
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.
Continue reading at tntoday.utk.edu.
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.