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Press Release 12-083

Ecosystem Effects of Biodiversity Loss Rival Climate Change and Pollution

First comprehensive effort to compare biodiversity loss to other human-caused environmental changes

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Photo of native wildflowers in a California serpentine grassland.

Native wildflowers still dominate this prairie-like California serpentine grassland.

Credit: David Hooper


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Photo of an endangered Bay Checkerspot butterfly on a flower in a serpentine grasslands.

Serpentine grasslands are home to the endangered Bay Checkerspot butterfly.

Credit: Leslie Gonzalez


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Photo of scientist David Hooper of Western Washington University conducting grassland research.

Scientist David Hooper of Western Washington University conducting grassland research.

Credit: Jeff Dukes


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Photo of biologists David Hooper and Leslie Gonzalez measuring plant diversity and productivity.

Biologists David Hooper and Leslie Gonzalez measure plant diversity and productivity.

Credit: Jeff Dukes


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Photo of Leslie Gonzalez sampling plant diversity at Coyote Ridge, Calif.

Leslie Gonzalez samples plant diversity at Coyote Ridge, Calif.; pollution threatens this site.

Credit: David Hooper


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Photo of Daniel Slakey and Anton Clifford in a serpentine grassland near San Jose, Calif.

Researchers Daniel Slakey and Anton Clifford in a serpentine grassland near San Jose, Calif.

Credit: Cait Hutnik


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