Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

With all we know, we still know too little to reliably re-engineer ecosystems

Posted 06 Sep 2013 / 0

NPR Morning Edition Saving One Species At The Expense Of Another

There are a number of really important points made by this nice short. The first is that scientists — even when acting carefully on the best available evidence and theory — can still fail to produce desired outcomes. The second is that modifying ecological communities is a tricky business, because every change brings about a cascade of additional changes. Compensating for habitat destruction rather than reversing it outright is unlikely to restore the original ecological community. And so we must — as the article suggests — make choices.

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