Barbara Kingsolver’s books, including The Poisonwood Bible, have been translated into more than two dozen languages, and have been adopted into the core literature curriculum in high schools and colleges throughout the USA. Her latest work Flight Behaviour centres around the remarkable life-cycle of the Monarch butterfly and the impact on it of an imaginary biological disaster caused by climate change.
David Goulson has spent much of his career studying the ecology, behaviour and conservation of bumblebees which have been in decline all over Europe and beyond for over half a century. He says that we need precisely to investigate the ecology, genetics and taxonomy of both wild and commercially bred bumblebees. Recent studies in Japan and China, Tasmania, the US and Europe suggest that a combination of intensive farming practices and a rapid expansion of commercial bumblebee nest rearing for greenhouse pollination are creating a new ecological situation which we do not control and are far from understanding.
Markus J. Buehler
MIT’s Markus J. Buehler designs better materials from less, using a combination of high-performance computing, new manufacturing techniques, and advanced experimental testing. One extraordinary discovery he has made is that when you get down to the level of the molecules in a human bone, paradoxically, its strength can come from its ability to form tiny cracks. Conversely, a single genetic mutation can give rise to the debilitating brittle-bone disease.