21 Dec '12, 8pm

A Biodiversity Map, Version 2.0

University of Copenhagen Researchers have produced a new biodiversity map divided into 11 large biogeographic realms. Tigers and pandas live in Asia, kangaroos and koalas in Australia and polar bears and snowy owls in the Arctic. The world can be divided into regions based upon the unique types of animals that live there. Or so the thinking went when Alfred Russel Wallace published the scientific world’s first global biodiversity map in 1876. More than a century has come and gone since Wallace released this groundbreaking work, yet his map largely still serves as a cornerstone for understanding modern distributions of biodiversity. An updated version was due, a group of researchers decided. “Wallace’s map still makes a lot of sense,” said Jean-Philippe Lessard , an ecologist at McGill University in Montreal who was formerly at the University of Copenhagen. “We’re not inven...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/21/a-biodiversity-...

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