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Exploration of Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies in the Mediterranean Regions

The pace of climate change and the consequent warming of the Earth’s surface is increasing vulnerability and decreasing adaptive capacity. Adapting successfully depends on the development of technology, institutional organization, financing availability and the exchange of information. Populations living in more

Australia’s war on feral cats: shaky science, missing ethics

Australia’s war on feral cats: shaky science, missing ethics William Lynn, Clark University In July 2015, the Australian government announced a “war on feral cats,“ with the intention of killing over two million felines by 2020. The threat abatement plan more

Setting aside half the Earth for ‘rewilding’: the ethical dimension

William Lynn, Clark University A much-anticipated book in conservation and natural science circles is EO Wilson’s Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, which is due early next year. It builds on his proposal to set aside half the Earth for more

Friends of Ballona Wetlands on Best of LA 2015 List

CURes partners organization, Friends of Ballona Wetlands, was recently mentioned as the Ballona Wetlands Freshwater Marsh made the 2015 LA Magazine’s “Best of LA, 83 of our Favorite Things” list.  The Friends were listed under the category of best “Bird-Watching more

CURes Executive Director Dr. Eric Strauss in the News

Dr. Eric Strauss, CURes Executive Director and President’s Professor of Biology at LMU, was quoted in the following New York Times article: As Americans Figure Out the Roundabout, It Spreads Across the U.S. Dr. Strauss specializes in research on animal behavior, more

CURes in Costa Rica: The 2015 Adventure Course

This series of blog posts chronicles the summer course that CURes offers for LMU students in Costa Rica called “Tropical Science and Culture in Costa Rica.” We teach this interdisciplinary overview of tropical science, policy, and culture course (and the interactions between more

El Segundo Blue Butterflies Dazzle Ballona Wetlands Visitors

Playa del Rey, California (Tuesday, July 28, 2015) – On a sunny Saturday in coastal Los Angeles County’s Ballona Wetlands, flurries of tiny, blue butterflies were out and about dazzling observers with their courtship displays. Local nonprofit environmental organization Friends more

CURes Researcher Dr. John Dorsey in the News

Dr. John Dorsey, Director of Urban Ecology Research at CURes and Professor of  Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at LMU, was featured in the following Topanga Messenger article: “Malibu Lagoon Report Shows Success.” In addition to teaching courses in environmental, atmospheric and more

CURes in Costa Rica: Trip Highlights

This series of blog posts chronicles the summer course that CURes offers for LMU students in Costa Rica called “Tropical Science and Culture in Costa Rica.” We teach this interdisciplinary overview of tropical science, policy, and culture course (and the interactions between more

Is Mother’s Beach for the Birds?

Community based monitoring (CBM) is “a process where concerned citizens, government agencies, industry, academia, community groups, and local institutions collaborate to monitor, track, and respond to issues of common community concern” (Ecological Assessment Network, 2002, Whitelaw et al. 2003). As more