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Fragmentation in the Amazon

Thomas Lovejoy, George Mason University

Over the past 50 years, the Amazon rainforest has lost nearly 20% of its forest cover. The man who coined the term “biodiversity” in the 1970s and has spent the last 50 years studying the effects of fragmentation on wildlife in the Amazon.

8 mins

What Big Teeth You Have

Pieter deHart, Virginia Military Institute

All of the fish in the acidic, black water of Brazil’s Rio Negro have super sharp teeth. Pieter deHart is out to discover what organisms are at the base of the food web where everything seems to be a carnivore.

9 mins

The Dueling Songbirds of Guyana

Laura Mentore, University of Mary Washington

While studying the Waiwai community in Guyana, one anthropologist accidentally discovered the path of a special songbird from the rainforest to New York City.

9 mins

Puppy Play

Ed Gomez, Old Dominion University

It’s no surprise that dogs make friends at the dog park, but it turns out people do too. We talk with a researcher who says dog parks build community and cut back on crime.

7 mins

Pet Pictures

Ann-Janine Morey, James Madison University

What antique photos of people with their pets can teach us about class.

9 mins

Rough Waves

Lindsay Usher, Old Dominion University

For coastal cities around the world, surf tourism brings huge revenue, but it can also bring conflict.

8 mins

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