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Land snail diversity /anthropogenic disturbance

Post by edfrank » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:35 am

“Are you using this idea for your thesis research?”
02-28-2013

By Daniel D. Douglas

“Are you using this idea for your thesis research?”
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I heard this as I stood in front of a classroom full of old-growth forest ecology students. The question had come from Neil Pederson, who was sitting directly in front of me. He was asking this question because I had just spent the past 12 minutes discussing the intricacies of land snail biology and ecology that would make them great organisms to use for ecological modeling in regards to disturbance. Things such as their lack of mobility, susceptibility to desiccation and sudden change that would occur because of major disturbance make their preferences for habitat similar to the defining characteristics of old-growth. Neil looked at me with the excitement of a small child on Christmas morning because he knew that I could potentially be on to something.
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Douglas, Daniel D., David R. Brown, and Neil Pederson. 2013. Land snail diversity can reflect degrees of anthropogenic disturbance. Ecosphere 4:art28. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES12-00361.1

Land snail diversity can reflect degrees of anthropogenic disturbance
Volume 4, Issue 2 (February 2013)

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Re: Land snail diversity /anthropogenic disturbance

Post by edfrank » Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:04 pm

Snails signal a humid Mediterranean
Posted on 3 February 2013
http://www.york.ac.uk/archaeology/news- ... 13/snails/

An international team of researchers has shown that old wives' tales that snails can tell us about the weather should not be dismissed too hastily.
While the story goes that if a snail climbs a plant or post, rain is coming, research led by the University of York goes one better: it shows snails can provide a wealth of information about the prevailing weather conditions thousands of years ago.The researchers, including scientists from the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), analysed the chemistry of snail shells dating back 9,000 to 2,500 years recovered from Mediterranean caves, looking at humidity at different times in the past.
"I love science and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awe by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and revigorate it." by Robert M. Sapolsky

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Re: Land snail diversity /anthropogenic disturbance

Post by vidya31 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:24 am

Very true fact about snails.!!

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