Nature: The cost of conservation. A new study puts a dollar amount on the cost of conserving biodiversity.
“Global biodiversity priced at $76 billion”
October 11, 2012 by Nature
“Holy battered bats! Double menace threatens farmers’ helpers”
August 18, 2011 by Tim Lloyd
Tom Kunz fights to save a vital but misunderstood creature from extinction
Scientists seek a savior as a deadly fungal pandemic explodes through vulnerable colonies
An emerging field has researchers searching for answers in a discipline that’s quickly taking flight.
The U.S. National Science Foundation recently notified Dr. Kunz that a recent grant proposal entitled “The effect of sociality on transmission and spread of a multi-host pathogen” (with 4 colleagues from three other universities–University of California–Santa Cruz, University of Northern Arizonia, and the University of Tennessee), will be funded for five years at $2,000,000, to investigate the seasonal and geographic spread of the fungal pathogen, Geomyces destructans, associated with white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed more than one million hibernating bats in the northeastern U.S since 2006.
Thomas Kunz awarded “The Outstanding Edited Book Award” for his book, “Kunz, T.H. and S. Parsons (eds.). 2009. Ecological and Behavioral Methods for the Study of Bats, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.” by The Wildlife Society. This award will be presented to Dr. Kunz on November 6, 2011, in Kona, Hawaii at The Wildlife Society’s annual meeting.