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Chasing phantoms of nature, and restoring function.
It is well accepted that the first step in solving a problem is admitting one exists. I believe this step is necessary for us to have considerable outcomes in reestablishing lost ecosystem function. Phantom Ecology is a new, multidisciplinary branch of science that starts with that admission. The admission that restoration ecology will not restore natural assemblages of species, and if it did, we wouldn’t know it, because that kind of historical ecological data does not exist. Therefore, we are stuck chasing phantoms.
Here, we aim to explore ways to protect nature through biotechnology, as well as to educate the public on such tools and projects.
“In a research study we recently published, we were surprised to discover that 70% of marine scientists under 40 years of age had not even witnessed their coral ecosystem of interest. It had largely vanished before they got an opportunity to study it.”
- Milton Muldrow Jr., Ph.D., Chief Scientist
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