Human Nature - Conservation International Blog » Science Exploring the vital connections between nature's well-being and our own. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:10:43 +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 How I Rediscovered the World Cup Mascot in the Wild Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:15:00 +0000 armadillo thumbnailSeveral attempts to rediscover the armadillo in nature had failed. I was the lucky one.]]> 0 A Harrowing Journey in Search of Climate Clues Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Paul Mayewski, Sanjayan in AndesTo retrieve ice cores, some climate scientists must go to the ends of the Earth. ]]> 0 Visiting the World’s Only Underwater Research Station Sun, 08 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 greg aquariusMission 31 shows how bold acts of exploration can bring attention to the plight of our oceans. ]]> 3 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 Success of Marine Protected Areas Depends on These 5 Things Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:00:00 +0000 rainbow in front of Cocos IslandA new study examines why MPAs like Cocos Island are so rich in marine life.]]> 2 ‘Big Data’ Is an Investment in Nature — and Human Well-being Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:00:00 +0000 setting up camera trap in Udzungwa National Park, TanzaniaA new partnership will revolutionize the way we monitor, report and understand the health of ecosystems.]]> 5 Manta Ray Research Boosts Smart Policies and Ecotourism in Indonesia Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:00:00 +0000 installing a manta ray ID camera in Raja Ampat, IndonesiaGuest blogger Shawn Heinrichs shares tales — and stunning photos — from a recent manta ray expedition.]]> 6 Helping Nature Help People at a Brazilian Historical Landmark Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:17:00 +0000 Flower in the Atlantic Forest. (© Conservation International/photo by Kim McCabe)Protecting ecosystems like Brazil's Atlantic Forest will help us adapt to a changing climate.]]> 1 Wildlife Survey Reveals Precarious State of New Caledonia’s Ecosystems Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 ci_68834966_croppedInvasive species are destroying local subsistence crops, leading people to migrate to urban areas. ]]> 2