Populations

Things that go bump in the night

March 21, 2011

When ships strike whales, the whale generally loses. People must wonder why scientists treat this issue like it’s some great mystery that’s difficult to quantify and even more difficult to solve.  After all, hitting a large whale must be like hitting a moose with your car.  Right?  So fixing the problem must be as easy as […]

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish

November 28, 2010

Some of the most pressing questions in conservation biology concern the health of populations.  “Population” refers to all the animals of a given species that live in the same geographical area and that form an interbreeding community.  Should a species be listed under some environmental legislation?  Should we allow hunts of healthy populations?  Is a […]