My Latest Musings on 2 September 2016

Here are my recent musings on Nature’s Web of Life.

This list contains sources for my musings, my research, and my preparation for my student seminars. I am happy to share this list with you.  If you find any of the articles interesting, I hope that you will offer your comments at the end of the list. This series focuses on biodiversity. The information may be particularly useful to environmental educators.

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What is Biodiversity and Why is it Important?   Biodiversity is the term used to encompass the variety of all living organisms on Earth, including their genetic diversity, species diversity and the diversity of marine, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, together with their associated evolutionary and ecological processes. But as biodiversity is also a human concept, different people bring their own set of values to bear on it. Dr Steve Morton talks about the different values that humans obtain from biodiversity and the role we will need to play in shaping its future

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The Loneliest Animals | Critical Biodiversity.   Up to 100 species disappear from the planet each day. In this web-exclusive video, scientists and conservationists discuss the importance of biodiversity. We humans depend on the life around us to provide the conditions we need to survive.

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A complete series of videos and lectures on biodiversity

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Biodiversity. Ecosystems and ecological networks

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Biodiversity: Richness, Evenness, and Importance.  This is intended as an instructional video about the basics of biodiversity. Biodiversity is a measurement of the variety of life. Species biodiversity is determined by looking at both, the number of species, and how common the species are relative to each other. Biodiversity is essential to the well-being of humans. The best thing we can do to promote biodiversity is to preserve and restore wild habitat.

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Why Biodiversity Matters. David Suzuki discusses the complexity of nature’s biodiversity as it relates to city living

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Humans, Biodiversity, and Habitat Loss.   In the second lecture of the series “Biodiversity in the Age of Humans,” Dr. Elizabeth Hadly of Stanford University reveals how human activities have caused the extinctions of many species in the past and the present. Human population growth is driving habitat destruction and climate change, both direct threats to biodiversity.

Also visit the full lecture series page (Biodiversity In The Age Of Humans) for related videos, and supporting materials for the classroom.

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Human activities that threaten biodiversity

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My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

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