EcoUniv Weekend Reads: May 2021
EcoUniv Weekend Reads #64
2 May 2021
Mammals: Brain sizes in mammals evolved as a results of many complex factors. “The largest-brained mammals achieved large relative brain sizes by highly divergent paths”.
Research article: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/18/eabe2101
Ecological engineering: Wild horses and donkeys dig “wells” up to 6 feet deep in deserts. This creates an oases of water and attracts other species, supporting ecosystems and biodiversity.
Research article: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/372/6541/491
EcoUniv Weekend Reads #65
9 May 2021
Animal Behaviour: Humans are not the only ones who laugh. Other animals do it too – at least 65 other species.
Listen to and read transcript of a radio interview of the researcher: https://www.npr.org/2021/05/22/999491591/dozens-of-animals-laugh-too-study-shows
Research abstract: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09524622.2021.1905065
Environmental Education: In the “Understanding the Learner” series, this week we focus on fifteen-year olds (tenth grade).
EcoUniv Weekend Reads #66
16 May 2021
Research – Evolution & Ecology: Bird species central to seed-dispersal networks have stable evolutionary lineages
Research – Climate Change: Melting ice in Antarctica could trigger chain reactions, bringing monsoon rains to the ice cap
पर्यावरण शिक्षण: पर्यावरणाचा सर्वंकष दृष्टिकोन
EcoUniv Weekend Reads #67
23 May 2021
Evolution: How Darwin foreshadowed modern scientific theories.
Population Studies: The global population decline has already started happening in countries like Italy and S. Korea. It is here to stay and difficult to reverse. The global population is likely to peak around 2060.
Play with the data: https://vizhub.healthdata.org/population-forecast/
Pollution: Half of the world’s single use plastic is produced by only 20 companies.
EcoUniv Weekend Reads #68
30 May 2021
Anthropology: Environmentalist are fond of the notion that “Hunter gatherers must have been a happy lot”. But this view is punctured when research shows evidence of violent fights among hunter gatherers or similar subsequent tribes. Such fights could be due to scarcity of natural resources or environmental pressures.
Research Article: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-89386-y
Nature Writing: Obituary of Barry Lopez, renowned nature writer, who passed away earlier this year.
Below is a para from his famous work, Arctic Dreams.