Habitat fragmentation and loss is the biggest driver of biodiversity loss in the 21st century. See how this process pans out as humans continue their quest to dominate nature for their needs.
Alpha diversity is the species diversity present within each ecosystem on a landscape. Beta diversity is represented by the species diversity between any two communities. Gamma diversity of is the species diversity across the entire landscape, taken as one unit.
Four out of six great ape species are now Critically Endangered – only one step away from going extinct – with the remaining two also under considerable threat of extinction, judging from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s latest Red List. The IUCN Red List update […]
Habitats are the physical parts of an ecosystem, where organisms reside. Ecological niches are the functional roles each organism takes up in an ecosystem. An organism’s habitat and niches together dictate its position in the ecosystem’s food chain.
Here is a breakdown of the meanings and differences between species richness, species abundance and species diversity. Never get confused about these terms again!
Earth’s ecosystems survive because of it’s complexity and diversity. This complexity and diversity has developed over the course of millions of years, millions of interactions, both successful and failed. The two main factors for diversity are time and imperfection. Imperfection stems from how our DNA replicates. DNA replication is […]
Originally posted on The MUSE Within:
Human beings are extraordinary creatures. I say this, because in the 4.5 billion year old history of the Earth, no other living organism has come close to what we have been able to achieve as a species. Now, I’m not talking about…