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The manta in the mirror

By John Weller and Shawn Heinrichs A meeting of minds Chain upon chain of jagged islands jutted up from the sea. Dense vegetation clung to black, pitted rock walls that dropped sharply into cerulean blue lagoons. A Sulfur-crested Cockatoo landed in the top of a tree, its raucous call bouncing around the cliffs before daring out…

Tracking Tigers Is Just As Dangerous As It Sounds

Matthew Luskin is a conservation biologist, wildlife ecologist, and National Geographic grantee. He spent a year in the rain forest of Indonesia tracking tigers through the remaining three largest national parks—and it was seriously dangerous. “When there’s a tiger around you can’t sleep. You can barely eat. You can’t do anything because all you are…

Gaining a better understanding of the seas through citizen science

Co-authored by Erica Cirino Twice a day, every day, Kera Mathes hops aboard a ship that sets off from Long Beach Harbor in California. As education specialist at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, she helps visitors aboard the ship identify the animals they see. Mathes also supervises the aquarium’s interns (college students and…

World’s Largest Fish and One Tiny Island: Studying Whale Sharks on St. Helena Island

Dr. Alistair Dove, director of research and conservation at Georgia Aquarium recounts his recent expedition to St. Helena Island studying the world’s largest fish – whale sharks. Approximately 2,500 miles east of Rio de Janeiro and just over 1,200 miles west of the African country of Angola, lies St. Helena Island: one of the most…

When Ice Melts: Tipping the Scales in the Predator/Prey Arms Race in Antarctica

The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund aims to protect the last wild places in the ocean while facilitating conservation, research, education, and community development programs in the places we explore. This blog entry spotlights some of the exciting work our grantees are doing with support from the LEX-NG Fund. A man is poised with a…

Groundbreaking C40 Research Proves Cities are Critical

With nearly all the world’s countries signing the Paris Agreement to fight climate change last month, there was also a growing recognition of the role cities are playing in this effort. Suffice it to say, 2015 was a big year for cities and climate change. Relatedly, it was also a big year for the C40…

Whales Speak: Breaking Down Language Barriers

The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund aims to protect the last wild places in the ocean while facilitating conservation, research, education, and community development programs in the places we explore. This blog entry spotlights some of the exciting work our grantees are doing with support from the LEX-NG Fund. By Madeleine Pauchet Along the coast…

The mysterious life of Mister K: a seahorse life history study in Cambodia

Guest post by Delphine Duplain and Amick Haissoune, project coordinators at Marine Conservation Cambodia, in conjunction with Dr. Tse-Lynn Loh, postdoctoral research associate at Shedd Aquarium Once upon a time, there were some buoys marking the edges of our house reef off Koh Seh in Kep Province, Cambodia, thus protecting the reef from passing boats. Surprisingly,…

From Copenhagen to Paris, cities and mayors are leading the way on climate action

The world’s leading mayors have doubled climate action since COP15 in Copenhagen, and set an example for cooperative action between nations ahead of COP21. Today, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and research partner Arup released Climate Action in Megacities (CAM 3.0), a groundbreaking and definitive assessment of how the world’s leading mayors have…

Florida black bear facts

• The Florida black bear (Ursus americanus floridanus) is one of 16 recognized subspecies of the American black bear. • Approximately 80 percent of the natural bear foods in Florida are plant material. Insects make up around 15 percent of diets. The remaining 5 percent is animal matter such as raccoons, opossums, armadillos, white-tailed deer…

4 Steps to Improve Ocean Conservation Research in Small Island States

To be effective, marine conservation must be based on rigorous and targeted science. The large and growing threats to ocean ecosystems — overfishing, climate change, pollution, and habitat destruction — coupled with the limited scientific capacity of most small island states make science-based management not only an imperative, but also a challenge. Here’s one part…

Faster Than Life? How Cheetahs Cope With Relocation

Post submitted by BCI Grantee Florian J Weise. The world is getting smaller as more and more people put pressure on wildlife habitats. This is particularly true for large predators that require vast areas. Africa’s fastest big cat, the charismatic cheetah, can outrun its prey and Usain Bolt without trouble, but it cannot outrun human…

Removing Oil Rigs from the North Sea – is Europe up for the Challenge?

The standards and rules for decommissioning offshore oil rigs are firmly established in the North Sea. When an oil platform is no longer economically viable, it must be removed. There is to be no dumping and abandoning these structures at sea. Save for substructures heavier than 10,000 tons, the bottom (so-called ‘footings’) of these structures…

Arapaima Research Taking New Heights: Aerial Tracking

Guest post by Dr. Lesley de Souza, postdoctoral research associate, Shedd Aquarium For the past two years I have been studying Arapaima movements in the Rewa River drainage and tracking 29 individual Arapaima with Shedd Aquarium. A pattern has emerged highlighting that the majority of these tagged individuals are returning to the same place where they…

Expert Voices: Conor Riffle Director, Cities and Data Product Innovation, CDP – “Transparency and Action Fuel Our Partnership”

This year marks the five year anniversary of the C40 – CDP partnership.  In 2010, then Mayor of New York and C40 Chair-elect Michael Bloomberg announced the beginning of our partnership at a C40 workshop in Hong Kong. “We will never meet the ambitious goals we set as an organization without solid data to measure our…