Insects play a larger ecological role than one may realize, as they are dominant in virtually all habitats. Their small size allows them to survive on fewer resources and their short generation time allows them to adapt to environmental changes and evolve quickly. Each type of insect has a specific ecological role in its respective… Continue reading Flower or insect?
Here in Montreal, there have recently been a lot of tree losses due the emerald ash borer (EAB). When walking around my neighbourhood, my heart breaks when I see big, beautiful ash trees flagged for removal because of the wrath of the EAB. All this had me wondering: how did it all start and how do… Continue reading Tiny insects, big problems
The Peruvian Andes are a biodiversity hotspot with 25 000 species of plants, 700 bird species, 450 mammal species and 2000 fish species. While most of these are in the Amazonian (East) side of the Andes, the West side has its fair share of this diversity, mainly in its vast montane forests. Of these species,… Continue reading Drivers of Past and Present Biodiversity Changes in the Peruvian Andes