Mark Spalding is a senior marine scientist at The Nature Conservancy, working out of the Conservation Science Group at the University of Cambridge. He specializes in global marine biodiversity assessments and has worked on numerous publications.

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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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