“Nature is under siege,” declares the introductory article of the PNAS Special Feature on “The Global Decline of Insects in the Anthropocene.” In an era of elevated atmospheric CO2 levels, intense industrial agriculture, and increasing urbanization, it is no surprise that according to a 2019 United Nations report, around 1…


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It was not that long ago when Western society largely demonized and persecuted animal predators. As recently as 1965, bounty programs in the United States encouraged the killing of wolves and other large predators, offering rewards of $20 to $50 per pelt. In those days, predators were considered a nuisance…


Ever since second grade, Sarah Boyer knew she would return to Disney World one day. “I told everyone as soon as I declared a major in Zoology my dream job would be to work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” she tells me over a Zoom call from her Orlando apartment. Sarah…

Jared Dyer

Entomology Master's student | Science Writer & Fiction Author | Writes about animals, nature, & the people who study them

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