Animals And Nature
Friday, September 06, 2013
This week's Please Explain is about the largest mammals on earth: whales. Joining us are: Dr. John J. Flynn, the Frick Curator of Fossil Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History and the Dean of the Museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School. He's also the curator of the exhibition "Whales: Giants of the Deep," on view at the museum through January 5. And Dr. Mark Baumgartner, Marine Biologist and Associate Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Fifty years ago, a young Jane Goodall first walked into the Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Things have changed dramatically. She talks about the changing political, environmental and ecological landscape in which she has dedicated her life's work of studying the social and familial interactions of wild chimpanzees. She says that what used to be a densely forested area is now "an island of forest surrounded by cultivated fields and people struggling to survive."
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
It may seem like we know everything about the natural world around us, but new species are being discovered every year. The man in charge of helping decide the most interesting discoveries is Quentin Wheeler, vice President of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University and founding director of the International Institute for Species Exploration. Some of this year's most fascinating discoveries: a pony the size of a pea, the world's longest stick insect, and naturally decaffeinated coffee.
Monday, May 18, 2009
For more, read an abstract of Elizabeth Kolbert's article, The Sixth Extinction? in The New Yorker. If you are a subscriber to the magazine, you can read the entire article.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009