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BioScience Talks , published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, is the monthly discussion podcast of the journal BioScience. AIBS is a registered US 501c3 nonprofit organization, EIN: 53-0220853.
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Now displaying: May, 2019
May 28, 2019

The concept of resilience is an important one in conservation science and resource management. However, the term itself is often poorly understood, or understood differently by different parties, with potentially troublesome effects for land managers, researchers, and others.

Writing in BioScience, Dr. Phillip Higuera (University of Montana), Dr. Alex Metcalf (University of Montana), and their colleagues suggest that a more holistic framework would consider the crucial human element of social-ecological systems. By doing so, managers could work toward outcomes that best fit the ecological needs and human priorities inherent in the system. The work they describe here is focused on fire-prone landscapes, but the approach is broadly applicable across a range of systems.

 

May 8, 2019

At the beginning of November 2018, through the collaboration of the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR), BioScience Talks once again hit the road to attend ASGSR's Annual Meeting. This year's event was held in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. Once again, we had the opportunity to speak with numerous eminent presenters and participants at the meeting, who discussed numerous topics on the cutting edge of space-related research. The topics ranged from the epigenetics of plants in space to zero-gravity plumbing—and just about everything in between. 

Interviewees included:

  • Robert Ferl, University of Florida
  • Samantha McBride, ASGSR Student President
  • Michael Roberts, International Space Station National Laboratory
  • Mark Weislogel, Portland State University
  • Kasthuri Venkateswaran, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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