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How we’re turning local environmental problems into global issues by engineering nature


The current coronavirus pandemic is a poignant example of our hyperconnected planet. A small, localised infection in Wuhan, China, rapidly spread around the world on transcontinental flight paths in a remarkable and transformative fashion.

The consequences of a massively connected globe are real and, unfortunately, not limited to disease pandemics.

As an ecologist who studies landscape connectivity in natural environments and those altered by humans, I think about how human activities establish new connections across the Earth and reinforce others — and their consequences. MORE

Header image: Migrating snow geese arrive at Middle Creek Wildlife Area in Lancaster County, Penn., in March 2015. Credit: AP Photo/, Sean Simmers.