Episode 1: Biodiversity Past, Present, and Future
Dragonfly team members and instructors Kevin Matteson, Katie Feilen and Amy Sullivan discuss the following required readings for this discussion as well as their own research backgrounds.
“They turned out to be undercover police!” (while describing interactions with people during fieldwork in NYC) – Kevin
“Don’t even get me started on tropical tree biodiversity!” (describing tropical fieldwork) -Katie
We know that we don’t know how many species there are on earth but I am constantly surprised by how many new species we are discovering.” (breaking down Mora et al. article)- Amy
Mannion, P. D., Upchurch, P., Benson, R. B., & Goswami, A. (2014). The latitudinal biodiversity gradient through deep time. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 29(1), 42-50.
Mora, C., Tittensor, D. P., Adl, S., Simpson, A. G., & Worm, B. (2011). How many species are there on Earth and in the ocean?. PLoS biology, 9(8), e1001127.
Primack, R. (2010). What is biological diversity? Chapter 2 In Essentials of Conservation Biology 5th Ed. (pp. 23-50). Massachusetts: Sinauer Associates, Inc.