Category Archives: News

Ethiopia: The Most Bird-Friendly Coffee in the World

In the birthplace of coffee, unique new research shows how shade-grown coffee benefits species other than tired humans.
A recent study by PhD student Evan Buechley and his professor and long-term Christensen grantee Çağan Şekercioğlu (University of Utah) shows how ecological and cultural history can determine how agriculture impacts biodiversity and ecosystem function in the forest-farm […]

Dr. Ken Wilson to Retire from The Christensen Fund

Dr. Ken Wilson, who has served as the Executive Director of The Christensen Fund for the past twelve years, has decided that it is time for him to retire and to make way for new leadership at the Fund.
“Completing a cycle in my life framed by roles in management, I now want to move to […]

Paisajes Saludables y Personas Saludables: Lecciones de los Rarámuri

Agosto es la temporada de lluvias en la Sierra Tarahumara y cerca de la comunidad de Norogachi, el cielo azul y las algodonadas nubes redondas se convierten rápidamente sobre nuestras cabezas en un agitado cielorraso gris. José Pedro Turuséachi, un indígena Rarámuri campesino y líder de la comunidad, nos ofrece un recorrido por los maizales […]

Revitalizing Agrobiodiversity Around the Globe

Agrobiodiversity – the vast array of varieties and species of the crops we grow – is a quintessential example of biocultural diversity in the sense that such varieties are biological entities that only exist because of on-going active selection by societies who variously seek in them agronomic, taste, storage, processing and aesthetic qualities that are […]

Major Report on the Planet’s Biocultural Diversity Now Available

A seminal new report entitled “Biocultural Diversity: Threatened Species, Endangered Languages,” compares the status of and trends in biological and linguistic diversity around the world. Published by the WWF – Netherlands, the report measures global linguistic diversity and shows that of the world’s 7,000 languages, around 25 percent are threatened with extinction, a rate that very […]