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Rewilding - thoughts from Joan Nassauer

From the release of captive species to their natural habitats, to restoring ecosystems in rural and urban areas, to “rewilding the child”, BBC correspondent Tim Marlow explores ideas about rewilding. Joan Nassauer, SNRE Landscape Architecture Professor, joins environmentalist and writer George Monbiot and Frans Schepers from Rewilding Europe on this episode of the Forum. Listen to the full program here.

Dr. Daniel Janzen delivers 2014 Olaus Murie Lecture

PitE and SNRE host speaker series featuring notable conservation biologists and ecologists, honoring Michigan alumni who have made significant contributions to ecological conservation.

ANN ARBOR, MICH – On Friday, October 3, 2014, U-M’s PitE and SNRE hosted Dr. Dan Janzen, who gave a lecture on conservation of tropical wildlands through biodiversity development.

Brad Cardinale in his Flume Room

5 Things About Me: Conservation Ecologist BradleyCardinale

September 17, 2014 | Author: AAAS MemberCentral Blogger Summer Allen

Question 1: Tell us why you chose your particular field of study. Why did it grab your interest and fuel your curiosity?

controlling hay fever-triggering ragweed plants on Detroit vacant lots

ANN ARBOR—When it comes to controlling hay fever-triggering ragweed plants on Detroit vacant lots, occasional mowing is worse than no mowing at all, and promoting reforestation might be the best solution.

Those are the findings of a new University of Michigan study that surveyed vacant lots in several Detroit neighborhoods for ragweed, counting the number of ragweed plants and estimating how often each lot was mowed.

Cardinale Lab

Associate Professor Bradley J. Cardinale, has received a $2-million National Science Foundation grant as part of the agency's efforts to expand knowledge and understanding of Earth's biodiversity. Cardinale is the principal investigator on a project titled, "Can evolutionary history predict how changes in biodiversity impact the productivity of ecosystems?" He and his colleagues will examine how evolutionary processes among algae generate and maintain the diversity of genes, and whether genetic diversity can explain the productivity of freshwater lakes.

You've probably never seen a bird like this before.  

SNRE students have -- during a three-hour ornithology lab (EEB/NRE 433) where each student got to prepare their own study skin, the technical term for an animal that is prepared and stored for the purpose of scientific research.

Unlike taxidermied mounts, study skins are unposed and arranged in neat rows inside of airtight cabinets, usually inside of a natural history museum where they can stay for 200 years or more.

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