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Tan M.K.,National University of Singapore | Kamaruddin K.N.,Institute for Biodiversity
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

One new species of Gryllotalpa from Bukit Fraser, Pahang of Malay Peninsula is described: Gryllotalpa fraser sp. n. Photographs of Gryllotalpa hirsuta Burmeister, 1838 were examined and some remarks are made here, including a comparison with Gryllotalpa fraser sp. n. and Gryllotalpa nymphicus Tan, 2012. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.


Tan M.K.,National University of Singapore | Kamaruddin K.N.,Institute for Biodiversity
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

Two new species of Mogoplistinae from Bukit Fraser, Pahang of Malay Peninsula are described: Micrornebius malaya sp. n. and Ornebius albalatus sp. n. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.


Tan M.K.,National University of Singapore | Kamaruddin K.N.,Institute for Biodiversity
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

Material based on a taxonomic collection in Bukit Fraser, Pahang of Malay Peninsula enables the review of two genera of bush katydid (Phaneropterinae). The female of Elimaea (Rhaebelimaea) pseudochloris Ingrisch, 1998 is described and recorded for the first time outside its type locality, Thailand. One new species of Pseudopsyra from Bukit Fraser is described: Pseudopsyra bispina sp. n. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.


Mahoney S.P.,ET Water Inc | Krausman P.,University of Montana | Weir J.N.,Institute for Biodiversity
International Journal of Environmental Studies | Year: 2015

Conservation will only increase as a focus for governments in the 21st century. Canada and the United States have been successful in conserving wildlife and habitats over the past 100 years through the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. This approach is not universally accepted, however, and there are challenges to sustainable use practices such as hunting and fishing. Herein, we discuss seven of the biggest challenges to conservation worldwide: an increasing human population; globalization; urbanization and the human-nature divide; novel ecosystems; connectivity; funding, fragility and resilience; and abundance and superabundance. We then relate these to the North American context. © 2015 Taylor & Francis.


GULFPORT, FL, March 03, 2017-- In response to President Trump's executive order targeting the Clean Water Rule, seven scientific organizations have issued a joint letter in support of protecting the nation's aquatic resources. The letter endorsed a brief filed in the Sixth Circuit in January by Stetson law professor Royal Gardner and Foreman Biodiversity Fellow Erin Okuno on behalf of water and wetland scientists in support of the Clean Water Rule."The Clean Water Rule reflects scientific reality. We need to protect streams and wetlands to protect larger, navigable waters," said Professor Gardner, director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson University.Stetson University's Dr. Kirsten Work and Dr. Benjamin Tanner were among the scientists for whom the brief was filed. Professor Steph Tai of the University of Wisconsin was a co-author of the brief.In their letter, the Society of Wetland Scientists, Ecological Society of America, American Institute of Biological Scientists, American Fisheries Society, Society for Ecological Restoration, Society for Freshwater Science and Phycological Society of America emphasized the brief's "use of sound science to explain the urgent need for the Clean Water Rule."Stetson's Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy is the winner of the American Bar Association 2016 Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy Award. The Institute serves as an interdisciplinary focal point for education, research and service activities related to global, regional and local biodiversity issues.Editor's Note:Download the brief here: http://stetson.edu/law/amicicuriae Download the letter here: http://sws.org/images/sws_documents/SocietiesLetterSupportWOTUSAmiciC ... tTrump.pdf About Stetson University College of LawStetson University College of Law, Florida's first law school, has prepared lawyers and leaders since 1900. Today, Stetson leads the nation in blending legal doctrine with practical training, evidenced by its top-ranked programs in advocacy and legal writing. Through our academically rigorous curriculum and commitment to social responsibility, Stetson lawyers are ethical advocates ready to succeed in the legal profession.


Costantini D.,Institute for Biodiversity | Monaghan P.,Institute for Biodiversity | Metcalfe N.B.,Institute for Biodiversity
Journal of Experimental Biology | Year: 2013

One cellular mechanism thought to be particularly important as a constraint on lifespan and life-history strategies is oxidative stress. Susceptibility to oxidative stress is influenced by a number of antioxidant defences, whose effectiveness depends on the synergistic and competitive interactions among them (biochemical integration). It is generally assumed that exposure to oxidative stress is detrimental, but it is also possible that low level oxidative stress has a positive effect on integration, and therefore carries some benefits. Using three experimental groups of zebra finches (control, mild and high flight activity), we tested whether exercise-induced oxidative stress altered the integration of the pro-oxidant/antioxidant system by manipulating levels of flight activity, known to generate oxidative stress in birds. We show for the first time that a short-term high level of physical activity leads to a reduction in integration among components of the blood antioxidant defences, associated with a reduced resistance to oxidative stress. We found no evidence of improved integration in the antioxidant defences at low levels of oxidative stress exposure, suggesting that improved integration is not the route whereby any benefits of low level stress exposure occur. These findings point to a reduction in biochemical integration as a potential mechanism explaining a reduced resistance to oxidative stress induced by short-term stressors. © 2013. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

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