Researcher Science must protect key species from climate changedriven extinction

first_imgMark Urban and other researchers say climate change could wipe out one-sixth of Earth’s species that won’t be able to adapt to the warming planet.Mark Urban shown under a sheet of auefis in Alaska. These ice sheets form over Arctic underground springs but have become less prevalent with global warming. (Photo courtesy of Mark Urban)“Some species will be just fine – in fact, will do better in a changed climate,” Urban said. “But then there are the others that are in serious danger.”Urban is an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at University of Connecticut, and he’s studied among other things climate-change impacts on species that live north of the Brooks Range. Urban says that’s given him a chance to see how rapidly the Arctic is warming – and to realize the need for much more research on how to protect the most important species from extinction. Sort of like how an emergency-room physician would employ triage in a mass-casualty situation.“We’re going to have to live through basically a global heat age,” he said. “And we’re going to have to figure out ways to adapt and create resilient communities and also ecosystems in response to that. Because we want to make it through the heat age with the least number of casualties as possible.”Urban says researchers should identify species he calls “biotic multipliers of climate change” – key species on which whole ecosystems depend. Like, the lake trout of Alaska’s far north.“It’s a species that’s both sensitive to climate change and also has a huge effect on the rest of the ecosystem,” he said.University of Alaska-Fairbanks marine biology professor Russ Hopcroft says Urban’s proposals makes sense for smaller ecosystems, such as ponds and lakes, and higher-order animals that live in them.Urban says native lake trout likely would be considered a biotic multiplier of climate change species. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game)“So it works for some types of birds,” Hopcroft said. “It works on a lot of mammals. And it can work on some types of fish which are very tied to specific habitats.”But Hopcroft says Urban’s concepts may not apply in bigger ecosystems.“When we move into the ocean,” he said, “it’s much harder to start talking about ‘keystone species.’ And, in particular, the ability to do any kind of management or remediation.”Hopcroft says the best solution to climate change would be a global response that includes protecting all species and habitats.last_img read more

Startup Survival 4 Tips for Getting Through the Crucial First Year

first_imgFDR famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear, itself.” But he wasn’t launching a startup.Let’s face it: few things have the potential to be more terrifying and nerve racking than your startup’s first year. The fear of both personal and financial failure can be constant and very real. But it doesn’t have to be that way, writes Penelope Trunk, founder of three VC-funded startups. In a guest post for Inc. she provides first-year entrepreneurs with four ways to “make those worries less prevalent so you can focus on the real task at hand, which is building a company from the ground up.”With a plethora of factors beyond their control, it’s crucial for startup founders to focus on the few things they can determine, Trunk advises, including choosing the right location that enables you to cut down on expenses and save as much money as possible. Not every startup needs to be located in Silicon Valley, especially when the goal should first be to figure out what you’re doing. You should also try not to count on anything outside of your own control — that includes not counting on funding. Making it on your own is incredibly tough, but it also says a lot, and it will pay off in the long run. “The truth is that the first year is a sort of hazing period,” Trunk writes. “If you can get through that, then investors will believe you can get through a lot.”For more on surviving your startup’s first year, read the full post here.Related Content from OpenView:There is arguably no time that is more important and formative to a startup’s future success than the first year. Once you hit “go” it’s going to be off to the races, so it’s important to do as much planning and preparation ahead of time as possible. That includes choosing the right strategy and approach. One approach that’s been getting a lot of attention is the lean startup methodology. Read this interview with Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, the find out whether it’s the right strategy for you. And for insight into what you need to prepare for on the legal side of things, read this post from the OpenView Blog. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more