The Secret Life of Shells: Looking into the ecological past

Susan Kidwell, William Rainey Harper Professor in Geophysical Sciences, discusses a new tool for measuring human impact on marine ecosystems.By collecting data on the living organisms and the skeletal remains of those same organisms scientists can per...

Summary

Susan Kidwell, William Rainey Harper Professor in Geophysical Sciences, discusses a new tool for measuring human impact on marine ecosystems.By collecting data on the living organisms and the skeletal remains of those same organisms scientists can perform what is called a live-dead analysis. Large discrepancies in the ratio of living and dead organisms correlate with radical changes in the ecosystem.

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Recorded:
August 5, 2008
Published: August 5, 2008