Journal of Undergraduate Research


national parks, a world survey, biodiversity, ecological health


J. Reuben Clark Law School


The earth is experiencing profound changes in its ecological health and rate of biodiversity loss across the globe. For example, birds, insects, and mammals of Europe are migrating northwards and uphill in response to observed climate changes1, and these changes are affecting the rate of European plant development2. According to one author, “It is estimated that one-third of all reef-building corals […] a third of sharks and rays, a quarter of all mammals, a fifth of all reptiles, and a sixth of all birds are headed toward oblivion. The losses are occurring all over: in the South Pacific and in the North Atlantic, in the Arctic and the Sahel, in lakes and on islands, on mountaintops and in valleys.”3