Scientist at Work (NY Times)

The Scientist at Work blog over at the New York Times can be pretty interesting. A recent post by Dr. David Flaspohler discusses some of the interesting environmental and ecological issues of working in Hawaii: that most of the native species are endangered or almost entirely extinct, and most of the life on the islands is nonnative. It’s an interesting predicament to be in, because at this point it would be almost impossible to try to remove the invasive species, and it’s gotten to the point where some of the native species can’t survive in the wild for very long anymore, so they are existing only in captivity. How do you go about studying these animals? Is there any hope of reintroducing them into the wild? Should we just let them go extinct? It’s tough, but Dr. Flaspohler talks about seeing these native animals and how amazing it is. It’s a pretty cool article if you want to go check it out!


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