Across the world, mountains harbour high biodiversity. This is thought to be because of the array of habitats that exist along the mountain slope. But could the structure of mountain range, its ups and downs contribute to driving biodiversity? It was these questions that the group led by Uma Ramakrishnan set out to answer. Focussing on the Western Ghats, a global biodiversity hotspot and home to high elevation songbirds, a paper published today in the Proceedings of Royal Society B has found that birds living in high elevation peaks of the Western Ghats of southern India are affected by gaps in forest cover to different extents; deep valleys have greater impact than shallow ones along a mountain chain.
Issues relating to biodiversity conservation and the environment have the potential to affect all of us, from climate change to the decline of non-human species. Environment-related policy decisions in India tend to be in the hands of a few, however. A recent study published in the July 2015 issue of Biological Conservation sought to broaden the debate by soliciting and then analysing concerns related to Indian biodiversity management and conservation from a larger slice of the public. The study brought together a team of ecologists, conservationists and social scientists based out of India, the U.K., U.S and the Netherlands, who consolidated a pool of several thousand survey responses into 152 thematically-arranged questions, which could help guide future conservation research directions, policy and public outreach initiatives alike.
The campus will soon be hosting “the Black Label Movement”, a dance company led by Professor Carl Flink in collaboration with Professor David Odde (Department of Biomedical Engineering), both from the University of Minnesota. A series of events have been planned in the city as well as two events on campus.
NCBS announces its 5th annual science journalism workshop, which will be held on campus from June 8 to June 20, 2015.The workshop’s main objective is to impart the basic skills necessary for communicating science to the lay person via the written word.
The phrase "intellectual property" is often used in the Indian media as synonymous with "patents". In fact, patents are only one form of intellectual property. Other forms of intellectual property include trademarks, copyright, design rights, plant variety protection, etc. Of these, trademarks are used in business for the purpose of distinguishing the goods or services of one person from those of others.