Biodiversity is 3-D

A new study sheds light on the relationship between diversity and 3-D space as a global ecological pattern   [Italian version below] The species-area relationship (SAC) is a long-time considered pattern in ecology and is discussed in most of academic Ecology books. Its implications are relevant for many ecological, evolutionary, conservation and biogeographic purposes. Conversely,…

Manifesto in defence of biological and human diversity

May 15, 2017 Tomsk (Russia)   Biological diversity is what makes the Earth an extraordinary planet, in every sense. Life itself is the most extra-ordinary thing may exist. There is nothing ordinary about her. In the universe, as far as we know, or at least in our galaxy, life is the exception rather than the…

A new free course in Biological Diversity (Theories, Measures and Data sampling techniques)

Enroll this free course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/biological-diversity About this course: The course presents an overview of the theory behind biological diversity evolution and dynamics and of methods for diversity calculation and estimation. We will become familiar with the major alpha, beta, and gamma diversity estimation techniques. Understanding how biodiversity evolved and is evolving on Earth and how to…

Western lifestyle spells the end of biodiversity

New research identifies the historical trends that suggest we should be worried about the planet’s future Contrary to what many economists suggest (see, for example, an article in The Economist entitled Hang On, published in September 2013) “development is not always good for Nature”, a biologist at Tomsk State University argues. It is broadly accepted…

Selective logging causes long-term changes to forest structure

by Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com – February 18, 2015 Logging in Gabon. Photos by Rhett A. Butler Selective logging is causing long-term changes to tropical forests in Africa by facilitating the growth of weeds and vines, which reduces plant diversity and diminishes carbon storage, reports a new paper published in the journal Ecological Research.  The paper,…

Evolution is a cooperative process: the Biodiversity-related Niches Differentiation Theory (BNDT) can explain why

Published on Theoretical Biology Forum 104 (1), 35, 2011 Author(s): Roberto Cazzolla Gatti [1] [1] Department of Forest Resources and Environment (DISAFRI), Via San Camillo De Lellis, University of Tuscia, 01100 Viterbo, Italy Summary: A. McFayden[1] and G.E. Hutchinson’s[2] defined a niche as a multidimensional space or ipervolume within the environment that allow an individual…