Humans are unique among species in that we are the agents of our own destruction. Can we also be our own and the earth’s salvation? This month, Dr Skorton examines the critical loss of biodiversity during the Age of Humans and the ways the Smithsonian is working to arrest that loss. Continue reading We cannot survive alone
As the “Age of Humans” progresses, we are facing critical environmental and climate challenges that threaten the biodiversity of life on our planet. Secretary Skorton talks with John Kress about how Smithsonian scientists are working to understand the building blocks of life itself in an effort to meet these challenges. Continue reading Biodiversity genomics: Is Earth’s gene pool in danger of drying up?
An early naturalist declared the bird-of-paradise “the most perfectly lovely of the many lovely productions of nature,” but he also lamented that “civilized man” would surely cause the creature’s extinction. Has his prophecy come true? Continue reading Strangers in paradise
When large animals disappear from the landscape, smaller ones surge in numbers–including parasites that harbor deadly diseases. Continue reading For want of a horse (and zebras, impalas, elephants…)
How do you develop some of the world’s richest deposits of oil and natural gas while also preserving some of the most pristine and biodiverse rainforest in the world? Alfonso Alonso is hoping to find a way. Continue reading Weighing the balance
A century from now, Smithsonian scientists will have a wealth of data on climate change from a forest that is being planted today. Continue reading If a tree falls in the forest, we’ll hear it 100 years from now
Scientists are buzzing about the discovery of two new bee species. Continue reading New species might bee a clue to biodiversity
Can algae cure cancer? A fungus fight malaria? An innovative conservation program has helped isolate powerful compounds produced by organisms in Coiba National Park. Continue reading Just say yes!