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  • Critter Corner: News Roundup on Biodiversity – Week of 10/3

    Critter Corner: News Roundup on Biodiversity – Week of 10/3

    Read more about how humans are just modified fish, the discovery of a rare seahorse, the relationship between climate change, elk, and aspen, and the the structure of ambrosia beetle colonies in this week’s edition of The Critter Corner.

  • This Year in Conservation – FREE Panel Discussion

    This Year in Conservation – FREE Panel Discussion

    The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation is hosting a free evening program on Wednesday, October 12.

  • Humans Continue to Evolve

    Humans Continue to Evolve

    Modern day human evolution is a contentious topic, but an array of recent studies indicate that our species is still evolving.

  • Reintroduction Boot Camp for Endangered Black-Footed Ferrets

    Reintroduction Boot Camp for Endangered Black-Footed Ferrets

    Animal keepers at the National Zoo’s conservation center recently sent 26 black-footed ferrets to a critter boot camp to help the endangered species learn the necessary skills to survive in the wild.

  • Evolution Battles – Parent and Offspring Rivalry

    Evolution Battles – Parent and Offspring Rivalry

    From an evolutionary perspective, kin are worth assisting in direct relationship to their blood relatedness, or the probability that two individuals share genes. Though it can be difficult at first to think in these mathematically terms, inclusive fitness, parent-offspring conflict and sibling-sibling conflict radically transform our understanding of animal behavior and evolution.

  • Critter Corner: News Roundup on Biodiversity – Week of 9/26

    Critter Corner: News Roundup on Biodiversity – Week of 9/26

    Read more about flies that are sexually aroused by food, tool use among fish, controversial bacteria that may use arsenic in place of phosphorus as the backbone of its DNA, and the nanostructures of ancient bugs in this week’s edition of The Critter Corner.

  • Scaly Anteaters are Threatened by Illegal Trafficking

    Scaly Anteaters are Threatened by Illegal Trafficking

    Endangered pangolins are among the most heavily trafficked wildlife. They are hunted and eaten in many parts of Africa and Asia but are particularly prized in China because their keratin scales are thought to cure a plethora of ailments and enhance sexual prowess. Claims that the protective armor reduces swelling, promotes blood circulation or helps…

  • Evolution Supports a Rainbow of Biodiversity

    Evolution Supports a Rainbow of Biodiversity

    Same-sex-relationships among animals seem to be in opposition to our understanding of Darwinian evolution—an organism who fails to secure a counterpart to mate with will not pass on its genes to the next generation. One could then infer that such costly behaviors would slowly be removed from the population through natural selection. However, same-sex bonds…

  • Executive Education in Environmental Economics

    Executive Education in Environmental Economics

    The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) presents a course in Environmental Economics.

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  • Critter Corner: News Roundup on Biodiversity – Week of 10/3

    Critter Corner: News Roundup on Biodiversity – Week of 10/3

    Read more about how humans are just modified fish, the discovery of a rare seahorse, the relationship between climate change, elk, and aspen, and the the structure of ambrosia beetle colonies in this week’s edition of The Critter Corner.

  • This Year in Conservation – FREE Panel Discussion

    This Year in Conservation – FREE Panel Discussion

    The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation is hosting a free evening program on Wednesday, October 12.

  • Humans Continue to Evolve

    Humans Continue to Evolve

    Modern day human evolution is a contentious topic, but an array of recent studies indicate that our species is still evolving.

  • Reintroduction Boot Camp for Endangered Black-Footed Ferrets

    Reintroduction Boot Camp for Endangered Black-Footed Ferrets

    Animal keepers at the National Zoo’s conservation center recently sent 26 black-footed ferrets to a critter boot camp to help the endangered species learn the necessary skills to survive in the wild.

  • Evolution Battles – Parent and Offspring Rivalry

    Evolution Battles – Parent and Offspring Rivalry

    From an evolutionary perspective, kin are worth assisting in direct relationship to their blood relatedness, or the probability that two individuals share genes. Though it can be difficult at first to think in these mathematically terms, inclusive fitness, parent-offspring conflict and sibling-sibling conflict radically transform our understanding of animal behavior and evolution.

  • Critter Corner: News Roundup on Biodiversity – Week of 9/26

    Critter Corner: News Roundup on Biodiversity – Week of 9/26

    Read more about flies that are sexually aroused by food, tool use among fish, controversial bacteria that may use arsenic in place of phosphorus as the backbone of its DNA, and the nanostructures of ancient bugs in this week’s edition of The Critter Corner.

  • Scaly Anteaters are Threatened by Illegal Trafficking

    Scaly Anteaters are Threatened by Illegal Trafficking

    Endangered pangolins are among the most heavily trafficked wildlife. They are hunted and eaten in many parts of Africa and Asia but are particularly prized in China because their keratin scales are thought to cure a plethora of ailments and enhance sexual prowess. Claims that the protective armor reduces swelling, promotes blood circulation or helps…

  • Evolution Supports a Rainbow of Biodiversity

    Evolution Supports a Rainbow of Biodiversity

    Same-sex-relationships among animals seem to be in opposition to our understanding of Darwinian evolution—an organism who fails to secure a counterpart to mate with will not pass on its genes to the next generation. One could then infer that such costly behaviors would slowly be removed from the population through natural selection. However, same-sex bonds…

  • Executive Education in Environmental Economics

    Executive Education in Environmental Economics

    The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) presents a course in Environmental Economics.