James T. Carlton is professor of marine sciences at Williams College and director of the college’s Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program. He is founding editor-in-chief of the journal Biological Invasions, and he wrote and edited Intertidal Invertebrates from Central California to Oregon.

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The diagnosis for the planet is clear. While a great many problems require more research, the focus of future research should expand dramatically to maintain and restore biodiversity rather than focus on, as coral reef biologist Nancy Knowlton has said, “further refining the obituary of nature.” Part of conserving biological diversity is …

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