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African rat (Mastomys natalensis), a carrier of plague and other diseases

Agriculture Expansion's Connection to Plague Risks »

March 3, 2015

Maize cultivation sparks surge in plague-carrying rodents; experts fear acceleration of agriculture production across Africa may carry same risks beyond Tanzania

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

The Future of Virtual Reality »

August 25, 2014

Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University talks to Michael Krasny on KQED's forum.


Study Finds Alarming Level of Lead in Pregnant Women »

August 22, 2014

Discusses interim results of Environmental Venture Project-supported...

By Rafe Sadnan Adel, Dhaka Tribune

Virtual Realty Could Make Real Difference in the Environment  »

August 15, 2014

Opinion piece by Woods Fellow Jeremy Bailenson, about the role of virtual reality can play in showing people the impact of their personal activities on the environment. The piece includes video and linkes to a file that...

By Jeremy Bailenson,

Bumphead parrotfish become a threat to living corals when overfishing reduces the shark population.

Scientists Challenge Theory on Protection of Threatened Species »

July 30, 2014

Instead of simply concentrating conservation efforts on threatened species, resource managers and policymakers should consider ecosystem-wide impacts, study's authors write.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Elephants and other large animals face an increased risk of extinction in what Stanford Biology Professor Rodolfo Dirzo terms "defaunation."

Biologist Warns of Mass Extinction's Early Stages »

July 24, 2014

Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Professor Rodolfo Dirzo (Biology) and his colleagues warn that "defaunation" could have harmful downstream effects on human health.

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

Can't Picture a World Devastated by Climate Change? These Games Will Do It for You »

July 21, 2014

Describes studies by Woods Senior Fellow Jeremy Bailenson that use virtual reality to simulate changes in the enviornment

By Amy Westervelt,

Child's Play May Spur Fight against Global Warming »

July 17, 2014

Cites studies by Woods Senior Fellow Jeremy Bailenson, associate professor of communication at Stanford, on how virtual reality can be a tool that convinces people to care about the environment

By Amy Westervelt, Scientific American

New Tool Offers Near Real-Time Info About Marine Species »

June 27, 2014

Scientists with Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions propose using genetic techniques as a low-cost, quick way to collect near real-time knowledge of environmental conditions.

By Julia Turan, intern, Stanford News Service

Steve Palumbi studying corals in American Samoa

The Quest to Save Coral »

June 9, 2014

More than half the world’s coral reefs have died since the dawn of the industrial age, due to human activities and ever increasing ocean temperatures. Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Steve Palumbi has a plan for...

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

How Real Is Virtual Reality? »

June 2, 2014

Video showing Senior Fellow Jeremy Bailenson and his virtual reality lab at Stanford, where he is studying how simulated changes in the environment affect people's thinking and behavior

By Kashmir Hill and Jeff Bercovici, Forbes

Climate Change: Pacific Ocean Acidity Dissolving Shells of Key Species »

April 30, 2014

Quotes Woods Senior Fellow Steve Palumbi on how ocean acidity is dissolving shells of tiny sea creatures

By Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News

Some Corals Can Adapt to Warmer Waters »

April 28, 2014

Quotes Steve Palumbi, Woods senior fellow, on study of heat-resistant coral species

By Douglas Quenqua, The New York Times

Designer-Made Coral Reefs Could Survive Climate Change's Hot Seas »

April 25, 2014

Describes corals that can survive extreme heat in study by Woods Senior Fellow Steve Palumbi

By Amanda Mascarelli and Nature magazine, Scientific American

taking coral samples

Some Corals Adjust to Climate Change »

April 25, 2014

Research led by Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Steve Palumbi reveals how some corals can quickly switch on or off certain genes in order to survive in warmer-than-average tidal waters

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment