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View Resource A Curriculum Guide to Confronting Climate Change in the Gulf Coast Region

Todays students need to know about climate change: what it is, why it is occurring, how it will impact them, and what can be done about it. Heat-trapping gas emissions from power plants, vehicles,...

View Resource A field planted with two kinds of cotton (Gossypium sp): Bt cotton and normal cotton, where the normal cotton acts as a refuge for insects.

Some rows of the field in the photograph contain cotton plants (Gossypium sp) that are genetically engineered to produce a toxin from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Bt kills insects that...

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View Resource A Generally Accessible Derivation of the Golden Rule of Bioeconomics

This article provides formulas to understand the bioeconomics of world fishery harvesting.

View Resource A male Klug's clearwing butterfly (Dircenna klugii klugii) foraging on a coffee flower (Coffea arabica) in Finca Irlanda, Soconusco region, Chiapas

A male Klug’s clearwing butterfly (Dircenna klugii klugii) foraging on a coffee flower (Coffea arabica) in the Soconusco region of Chiapas, Mexico. Shade-grown coffee certification programs...

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View Resource A variegated meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum corruptum) perches in a California rice field.

A variegated meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum corruptum) perches in a California rice field. Rice fields are widespread agricultural ecosystems that provide habitat for many wetland species, such as...

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View Resource Biofuels: Implications for Land Use and Biodiversity

This report explores the potential impacts on ecology and biodiversity associated with reallocating land use for biofuel production as well as how economics and farm policies may influence the land...

View Resource Grasslands, Rangelands, and Agricultural Systems

This report explores how switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.), a native perennial cellulosic grass, may become the center of biofuel production in some parts of the Great Plains and Midwest. This...

View Resource Growing Plants for Fuel: Predicting Effects on Water, Soil, and the Atmosphere

This report looks at both the grain and cellulose-based “bioenergy landscapes” and review what is known about their biogeochemical impacts. This report will also explore the complexity of factors...

View Resource Himba herdsman of the Omuramba settlement area in Namibia.

Until the mid-1990s the semi-nomadic Himba applied a sophisticated management system which combined season-dependent pasture use, preservation of reserves for drought, and sanctions for...

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View Resource Issues in Ecology, Issue 02: Ecosystem Services

This report defines ecosystem services as a strategy for the conservation of biodiversity. The production of ecosystem goods as it relates to the generation and maintenance of biodiversity is...

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