Biodiversity is Essential for Sustainable, Productive Ecosystems

New research hones in on the importance of biodiversity for healthy ecosystems. Scientists from all around the world collaborated in intensive data collection to understand the role of biodiversity. They confirmed that higher biodiversity makes for stabler ecosystems more able to rebound from stressors.

Island Conservation Science Native Galapagos CactusNative Galápagos Cactus. Photo by Island Conservation

This study shows that you cannot have sustainable, productive ecosystems without maintaining biodiversity in the landscape.

Islands are hotspots for biodiversity, but their species richness is threatened by invasive species. Protecting native species from invasive species is an important way to preserve island biodiversity and ecological health.

Read the full article here.

Feature photo: Native plant of Isla de Mona, Puerto Rico. Photo by Jose Luis Herrera

About Sara Kaiser

Sara received a BA in anthropology from UC Santa Cruz in 2014. As a freelance writer and editor, she seeks to clarify the importance of biodiversity, ecological awareness, and the urgency of extinction prevention efforts. She embraces the philosophical dimensions of conservation and seeks to better understand how patterns of thinking play into our relationships with ourselves and the natural world.

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