Although North Atlantic right whales, humpback whales and bowhead whales–all species of baleen whales–are some of the largest animals on Earth, they are also among the most critically endangered. These whales were hunted nearly to extinction over the last 300 years for their blubber, which was used to produce oil. Fortunately, these species are repopulating, but because they reproduce slowly, their numbers… Read more
Well known among the global scientific community for his research on the vast amounts of carbon stored in rapidly thawing permafrost soil – and its potential threat to the environment – Ted Schuur, professor of NAU’s Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, has spent nearly 20 years working to bring awareness to the issues revealed by his scientific findings.
Schuur has published his results… Read more
Ecologist Jut Wynne, assistant research professor in Northern Arizona University’s Department of Biological Sciences and Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research, first studied cave insects on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile, from 2008 through 2011. Along with fellow researchers, he identified eight species new to science and endemic—known to occur on Rapa Nui and nowhere else—to the southeastern Pacific island, as well as two… Read more