Insects

Migrating Insects Provide Crucial Ecosystem Services

13th April 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on ScienceNews.  “Every autumn, a quiet mountain pass in the Swiss Alps turns into an insect superhighway. For a couple of months, the air thickens as millions of migrating flies, moths and butterflies make their way through a narrow opening in the mountains. For Myles Menz, it’s a front-row seat… [more]

Europe’s Beetles Play Key Role in Forest Decomposition, But They Are Dying Out

7th March 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on ZME Science.  “The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has assessed the status of 700 European species of beetle that live in old and hollowed wood — and the results aren’t good. Almost a fifth of these species (18%) are at risk of extinction due to the… [more]

Research Trends in Ecosystem Services Provided by Insects

2nd March 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Basic and Applied Ecology “Abstract: Insects play a key role in the regulation and dynamics of many ecosystem services (ES). However, this role is often assumed, with limited or no experimental quantification of its real value. We examined publication trends in the research on ES provided by insects, ascertaining which… [more]

Species Turnover Promotes Importance of Bee Diversity for Crop Pollination at Regional Scales

16th February 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Science.  “Abstract: Ecologists have shown through hundreds of experiments that ecological communities with more species produce higher levels of essential ecosystem functions such as biomass production, nutrient cycling, and pollination, but whether this finding holds in nature (that is, in large-scale and unmanipulated systems) is controversial. This knowledge gap… [more]

Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Services: Current Status and Future Opportunities for the Study of Bees and Pollination-Related Services

19th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Current Forestry Reports.  “Abstract: An unprecedented array of observing systems, coupled with ever increasing computing capacity, makes this a golden era for ecologists to study and quantify ecosystem services using remote sensing technology. Here, we review recent studies that utilize remote sensing to understand the supply and demand of ecosystem… [more]

Biodiversity is Central to Human Wellbeing, Needs Same Level of Attention as Climate Change – IPBES Chair

26th October 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Reuters.  “Governments should extend the protection of nature far beyond iconic creatures such as tigers and elephants to species including worms and beetles that are vital to human prosperity, the chair of a global scientific project said on Thursday. “We are trying to … put biodiversity and ecosystems on… [more]