Do we see any water quality changes as a result of the anthropause? How did coral reef ecosystems respond to lockdowns? What can we learn from this event to apply to coral reef conservation going forward? Mitra Nikoo will be investigating these questions and more for her M.Sc. research, updates on what she finds will be posted to the network as they develop!
Communicating knowledge is as important as producing it. As the MARS Project network continues to grow, this timeline will document the knowledge and products of its collaborators.
Mitra Nikoo discussed some of the ways the anthropause impacted research and conservation programs and the positive role humans play in nature. Visit INTECOL 2022 for more information about the conference and a full list of speakers!
MARS Project’s Amanda Bates and Mitra Nikoo speak to New York Times science reporter Emily Anthes as part of a story on the anthropause. See the published article in The New York Times, “Did Nature Heal During the Pandemic ‘Anthropause’?
The MARS Project team launches their new website to provide a central hub of information for collaborating authors, an avenue to collect data and share information, and provide a network for people interested in outcomes of the anthropause.
The MARS Project teams up with Dr. Julius Csotonyi to design a travelling exhibit in partnership with the Royal British Columbia Museum to communicate the research and stories regarding the positive aspects of human presence in ocean ecosystems.
The Pew Charitable Trusts name Prof. Amanda Bates as a recipient of the 2021 Pew Fellowship in marine conservation to examine the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on marine systems, beginning the Marine Anthropause Research Synthesis (MARS) Project.
The nascent MARS Project and the International Bio-Logging Initiative make plans to support each other by sharing data and facilitate connecting the community of researchers studying the Anthropause.
Prof. Amanda Bates and hundreds of collaborators publish an article in the journal of Biological Conservation titled “Global COVID-19 lockdown highlights humans as both threats and custodians of the environment” in a worldwide effort to characterize the effects of the pandemic on biodiversity conservation.