Camille Parmesan's new, big idea in conservation biology—the "assisted colonization" of species threatened by climate change—is a product, in roughly equal parts, of cynicism, experience and hope. Parmesan, an associate professor of integrative biology, wasn't cynical at all when she first got involved, in the mid-1990s, with the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change… » Continue Reading
Troubled Waters: Sprawling across a cactus-studded valley in Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert is a place like no other on the planet. It's called Cuatrocienegas, and it is a crunchy expanse of land isolated in a basin ringed by mountains like salt on the rim of a margarita glass. The seemingly dry, desert area, however, is best known for its life-giving waters--pools, wetlands and rivers filled to the brim with an amazing assortment of unique species.
A type of wild rice that only grows in a small stretch of the San Marcos River is likely so rare because it plays the sexual reproduction game poorly, a study led by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin has revealed.