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September 30, 2012

Here is an excerpt from The Spine of the Continent that provides some background to the trophic cascade idea.  It picks up as a young forestry academic explains to me his reservations about the subject:

“I thought I’d take my usual contrarian stance and challenge t...

September 26, 2012

In post-modern fashion, Michel Houllebecq’s novel The Map and the Territory includes a character  named Michel Houllebecq.  The character Houllebecq comes on the scene well into the action of the book, which follows artist Jed Martin, a mostly disaffected guy who escap...

September 19, 2012

Pika: The Alpine Poster Child for Climate Change

A pika in its talus home. Photo: Karunakar Rayker

By Mary Ellen Hannibal

When Chris Ray got started studying pika, she could not have anticipated that these small rabbit relatives would one day become a poster child for cli...

September 18, 2012

One of the biggest mind-blowers for me while researching this book has to do with beaver.  Today we depend on removing all the gas and oil we can from the ecosystem to fuel the forward-march of Homo sapiens, and this practice of pillage is nothing new.  For hundreds of...

September 15, 2012

Spine of the Continent: Nature Needs Help

The most ambitious wildlife conservation project ever undertaken.

By Christopher Walsh | September 11, 2012

 Mary Ellen Hannibal writes about how important connected spaces are to wildlife in “The Spine of the Continent,...

September 14, 2012

The bromide “age is just a number” is likely to refer with frequency to triple digits, according to David Ewing Duncan in his new TED publication, “When I’m 164: The New Science of Radical Life Extension, and What Happens If It Succeeds.” Veteran biotech journalist Dun...

September 11, 2012

Wildlife Corridors: Conserving Nature’s North-South Highway

To research my book, The Spine of the Continent, one of the first things I did was to get out a map. Wow—stretching more than 3,000 miles from Alaska down to Mexico, and visibly shaping nearly half the landmass...

September 7, 2012

Scientific American has excerpted my book today, and it’s all about beaver!  And Mary O’Brien, who is a true conservation hero. 

Leave It to Beaver: Restoration of Busy Species Could Restore U.S. Landscape

Flow, storage and transformation of materials and energy ser...

September 4, 2012

Today is the official publication date of my new book. Examining my first hard copy of it, my 12-year old son said, “Mom, you didn’t dedicate this to anyone!” And in fact I completely neglected to include an introductory arrow aiming the intentions and hopes for the pa...

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