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  • Executive Courses in Sustainable Coastal Economies, Urban Resilience, and Conservation

    Executive Courses in Sustainable Coastal Economies, Urban Resilience, and Conservation

    The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University provides professionals with the knowledge and tools to be effective environmental leaders and decision makers in the 21st century. It is an evening program in which environmental issues are discussed, debated and examined, where participants develop an in-depth understanding of conservation science and practice through…

  • Robotic Bug Sparks a Flighty Debate on Evolution

    Robotic Bug Sparks a Flighty Debate on Evolution

    A robotic bug’s attempts to fly were no match for gravity – the critter was unable to soar above the ground. The findings shed light on a longstanding debate about the evolutionary origins of flight, as scientists have long debated whether birds first evolved flight as ground dwellers or tree jumpers.

  • Ecological and Urban Resilience

    Ecological and Urban Resilience

    Resilience science has been evolving over the past decade, expanding beyond ecology to reflect systems of thinking in fields such as economics and political science. And, as more and more people move into densely populated cities, using massive amounts of water, energy, and other resources, the need to combine these disciplines to consider the resilience…

  • Cycle of Abuse Among Nazca Boobies

    Cycle of Abuse Among Nazca Boobies

    Researchers studying Nazca boobies of the Galápagos Islands found high correlations between degree of aggressive behavior among adults and the amount of abuse they endured as nestlings. The findings have implications for those who study human psychology and behavior, as some social scientists argue that abused children are statistically more likely to become abusers later…

  • 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.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • Executive Courses in Sustainable Coastal Economies, Urban Resilience, and Conservation

    Executive Courses in Sustainable Coastal Economies, Urban Resilience, and Conservation

    The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University provides professionals with the knowledge and tools to be effective environmental leaders and decision makers in the 21st century. It is an evening program in which environmental issues are discussed, debated and examined, where participants develop an in-depth understanding of conservation science and practice through…

  • Robotic Bug Sparks a Flighty Debate on Evolution

    Robotic Bug Sparks a Flighty Debate on Evolution

    A robotic bug’s attempts to fly were no match for gravity – the critter was unable to soar above the ground. The findings shed light on a longstanding debate about the evolutionary origins of flight, as scientists have long debated whether birds first evolved flight as ground dwellers or tree jumpers.

  • Ecological and Urban Resilience

    Ecological and Urban Resilience

    Resilience science has been evolving over the past decade, expanding beyond ecology to reflect systems of thinking in fields such as economics and political science. And, as more and more people move into densely populated cities, using massive amounts of water, energy, and other resources, the need to combine these disciplines to consider the resilience…

  • Cycle of Abuse Among Nazca Boobies

    Cycle of Abuse Among Nazca Boobies

    Researchers studying Nazca boobies of the Galápagos Islands found high correlations between degree of aggressive behavior among adults and the amount of abuse they endured as nestlings. The findings have implications for those who study human psychology and behavior, as some social scientists argue that abused children are statistically more likely to become abusers later…

  • 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.