Human Nature - Conservation International Blog » Publications Exploring the vital connections between nature's well-being and our own. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:50:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 When We Explore the Deep Sea, We are Exploring for Our Own Survival Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:48:59 +0000 A diver explores the sea grass bed in Honduras. (© Joanne-Weston)In 1953, on the heels of a discovery of a second coelacanth specimen in the Comoros Islands off Madagascar’s coast, J.L.B. Smith, the man who described the species, wrote in the Times of London: “We have in the past assumed that we have mastery not only of the land but of the sea… We have not. Life goes on there just as it did from the beginning. Man’s influence is as yet but a passing shadow. This discovery means that we may find other fishlike creatures, supposedly extinct still living in the sea.” Unlike the coelacanth, which was thought to have gone extinct, we have known for centuries that giant squid have existed in our oceans’ depths. But unable to observe them alive in their deep sea home, we have understood very little about how they live, where they live and how they behave. That is, until 2012, when Drs. Edith Widder, Steve O'Shea and Tsunemi Kobodera filmedthe elusive and mysterious giant in its natural deep-sea habitat for the first time — a landmark moment in ocean exploration and an example of how technology and ingenuity can overcome the monumental challenges we face in exploring the deep. But it is a drop in the vast ocean-sized bucket of amazing discoveries waiting to be found.]]> 0 Assessing the Health of Brazil’s Ocean Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilA new study provides a much-needed mechanism to understand and manage Brazil’s waters. ]]> 0 10 Marine Areas We Must Protect Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:01:00 +0000 cuttlefish in Papua New GuineaThis global map shows where marine biodiversity is most threatened by human activities.]]> 5 Conservation Tools: Mobile Apps Spread Awareness of Coral Triangle’s Reef Fishes Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:45:00 +0000 Philippines giant jawfishThis technology will benefit the growing marine tourism industry in this corner of the Pacific. ]]> 4 Why Monkeys Matter: New Book Provides Comprehensive Guide to World’s Primates Mon, 13 May 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Yellow-tailed woolly monkey. (© CI/photo by Stephen Nash) CI President Dr. Russ Mittermeier reflects on a project four decades in the making.]]> 7 Small-scale Fisheries Have Big Impacts on Sea Turtles Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:00:00 +0000 green sea turtle, IndonesiaA new study shows that accidental bycatch by small-scale fishers is taking a large toll on sea turtle populations.]]> 2 Jared Diamond Explores What We Can Learn from Traditional Societies Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Japanese womanIn his new book, the author and CI board member compares aspects of traditional cultures with the modern world. ]]> 3 Diving in a Deep-sea Cathedral Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:00:00 +0000 seamounts_skerry_1Scientists may be more familiar with the surface of Mars than parts of the ocean floor. ]]> 0 New Book Provides Ultimate Guide to Coral Triangle’s Reef Fish Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:00:00 +0000 A beautiful new species of fairy basslet (Pseudanthias mica) known only from a single deep reef off the southern Indonesian island of Lembata.With their new publication, two marine biologists fulfill a lifelong dream — and describe 25 new species.]]> 1 No Food Security Without Environmental Security Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:00:00 +0000 women farming in MadagascarExpanding agricultural outputs without understanding the ecosystems supporting them will be a losing battle. ]]> 1