Spotting the Shy Guy – Why Collaboration With Local Indigenous People Can Be An Asset to Conservation Management

A recent Australian study highlights the importance of including local and indigenous people in conservation research. While examining mitigation of lizard population declines, scientists stumbled upon a surprising finding about how researchers’ cultural differences can affect fieldwork and experimental outcomes.

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Wastewater Treatment in Briny Times

While many industrial processes that utilize salt are beneficial to our society, high concentrations of salt that make their way into our wastewater stream introduce many potential threats to wastewater treatment. In this study, researchers investigated a biological solution to dealing with high salt (and often high sulfate) concentrations in wastewater: purple phototrophic bacteria (PPB).

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Which Nature is Your Nature?

Cultural understandings of nature vary widely, but global conservation efforts often fail to consider multiple perspectives regarding nature. Researchers have suggested a framework through which to better understand cultural conceptualizations of nature through language. By incorporating this framework into their correspondences, scientists may be better equipped to communicate their findings, and policy makers will have a platform from which to promote more inclusive legislation.

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