Tag: ecosystems

Harnessing nature’s power for water security

Harnessing nature’s power for water security

By Micah Moen 2 Comments January 16, 2020

Water security is fundamental to everything we’re trying to achieve. We, the Nature Conservancy, are trying to get the world to invest in nature for nature and people. What we are doing in the context of water security is to help stakeholders, cities, governments, communities understand which investments in nature they can make to achieve […]

Natural selection in a hurricane: The lizards that won’t let go

Natural selection in a hurricane: The lizards that won’t let go

By Micah Moen 98 Comments January 14, 2020

These lizards are leaping for science. Well, not so much leaping, as falling. But their tumbles are helping scientists answer a question. Could hurricanes drive natural selection? Hurricanes are destructive – perhaps too destructive to influence evolution, with species survival being more random than influenced by specific traits. And while some scientists suspect that hurricanes […]

Scientific Innovation Helps Pacific Wetlands Adapt to Sea Level Rise

Scientific Innovation Helps Pacific Wetlands Adapt to Sea Level Rise

By Micah Moen 0 Comment January 7, 2020

[Music] [Wind] [Motor boat] [Water trickling] Narrator – U.S. Geological Survey scientists collaborated with partners to develop an innovative new tool to help resource managers prepare Pacific coastal wetlands for rising sea levels. Scientist Wetlands are an important habitat for both fish and wildlife and they also provide this unique ability to act as sponges […]

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Projecting Climate Change Impacts on Wetland-Dependent Birds

Projecting Climate Change Impacts on Wetland-Dependent Birds

By Micah Moen 0 Comment January 2, 2020

John Ossanna:  To start things off, please join me in welcoming Laura Thompson with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center who will be introducing our speaker today. Laura? Laura Thompson:  Thank you, John. I’m very happy to introduce Helen Sofaer, a speaker at our center’s webinar series. Helen is a quantitative ecologist who […]

Mercury and Rice in the California Delta: Lessons Linking Wetlands to Water to Wildlife

Mercury and Rice in the California Delta: Lessons Linking Wetlands to Water to Wildlife

By Micah Moen 0 Comment December 29, 2019

[inaudible background conversations] Good evening. Feels odd to say “good evening” when it’s still bright and light outside. I love summer. Nonetheless, it’s officially evening. And my name is Leslie Gordon, and welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey in another installment of our continuing public lecture series. Because I want you to come back next […]

All About Our Rainforest! Biosphere 2 Facebook Live October 2, 2018

All About Our Rainforest! Biosphere 2 Facebook Live October 2, 2018

By Micah Moen 0 Comment December 27, 2019

Hello and welcome to Biosphere 2 Live. My name is John Adams and today I am going to talk to you about our amazing rainforest My name is John Adams and today I am going to talk to you about our amazing rainforest My name is John Adams and today I am going to talk […]

Wetland Vegetation Monitoring

Wetland Vegetation Monitoring

By Micah Moen 0 Comment December 22, 2019

Wetlands are very sensitive ecosystems and they provide a number of valuable ecological services to the landscape. They regulate water movement, they filter pollutants and contaminants from the surrounding land and water courses, as well as providing habitat. We monitor wetlands to get a better understanding of how they’re functioning on the landscape. And also […]

Extreme Microbes Are Eating The Titanic

Extreme Microbes Are Eating The Titanic

By Micah Moen 100 Comments December 22, 2019

[PBS Bumper] On April 15th, 1912, an “Unsinkable ship” named the Titanic hit an iceberg and came to rest nearly 4 kilometers beneath the surface. Light? None. The temperature? Two degrees Celsius. Pressures? 5000 pounds per square inch. But more than 100 years later, this watery graveyard is somehow teeming with life. Those strange icicle […]

Recreating wetland-stream complexes in urban watersheds

Recreating wetland-stream complexes in urban watersheds

By Micah Moen 0 Comment December 21, 2019

[Music playing] Faith: We’re at Howard’s Branch which is a project that’s about 10 years old. It’s a sand seepage wetlands stream complex. And I’m standing here with Ron and Kevin and Keith. Ron, this is the first project that the county was involved in of this sort and type. Tell us a little bit […]