In this issue of the magazine, Elizabeth Kolbert writes about the history of mass extinctions. Here Kolbert talks about the often indirect ways that human settlement has led to the demise of other species, and describes her visits to a frog preserve in Central America and a bat cave in the Northeast.
Jason Knouft, from Saint Louis University, Missouri, talks to Elizabeth Horne, MEE Journal Coordinator, about his recently published paper, “Using fine-scale GIS data to assess the relationship between intra-annual environmental niche variability and population density in a local stream fish assemblage".
Prof Freeman Dyson of Princeton has long been a critic of climate change orthodoxies. Here he talks of his life as a daring proposer of ideas - such as the genetically modified trees to soak up carbon dioxide and kites flying in Antarctica to cause more snowfall and abate sea level rise.
Harvard entomologist E.O. Wilson joins us to discuss his new book, "The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies." Wilson is faculty emeritus in the department of entomology at Harvard University and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction.