In this interview, renowned entomologist and conservation advocate Edward O. Wilson, answers questions about what species are, how new species arise, and why humans should be concerned about the loss of biodiversity. ESA (energy, stability, and area) is his shorthand for the factors that support a large number of species per unit area. Wilson discusses sympatric and allopatric speciation and how species can evolve relatively rapidly on islands. He recommends that work to ward off species extinctions be focused on areas called hot spots of biodiversity. In conclusion, Wilson cites evidence that the protection of natural systems does not undermine economic expansion. Links to further information, opportunities for involvement, and biodiversity lesson plans (including one involving this article) are provided. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse


    Education Levels:

    • Grade 1
    • Grade 2
    • Grade 3
    • Grade 4
    • Grade 5
    • Grade 6
    • Grade 7
    • Grade 8
    • Grade 9
    • Grade 10
    • Grade 11
    • Grade 12


    NSDL,Grade 9,Undergraduate (Lower Division),Higher Education,Life science,Social Sciences,Humans and the environment,NSDL_SetSpec_1007936,Grade 10,Grade 11,Grade 12,Grade 13,Life Science,Informal Education,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20120114184847301T,Biodiversity,Personal and social issues,Ecology, Forestry and Agriculture,High School,Conservation,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Geoscience



    Access Privileges:

    Public - Available to anyone

    License Deed:

    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike


    This resource has not yet been aligned.
    Curriki Rating
    'NR' - This resource has not been rated
    'NR' - This resource has not been rated

    This resource has not yet been reviewed.

    Not Rated Yet.

    Non-profit Tax ID # 203478467