Shawn is researching ways to better assess changes in the state of global biodiversity. His goal is to develop new methods of applying sampled approaches to biodiversity indices to improve their accuracy, efficiency and scope. Shawn has a Masters in biological oceanography from the University of Kiel, Germany, where he studied the distribution and ecology of midwater fish larvae in the northeast Atlantic. He also holds a BSc in biology from Simon Fraser University, located on the beautiful west coast of Canada, near his hometown of Vancouver. He developed an interest in biodiversity conservation after he spent time in southeast Asia and saw first hand the effects of rampant environmental destruction. When he heard about the Inspire4Nature project he jumped at the chance to get involved.

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Humans are currently facing a global triple-threat crisis. Together, population growth, climate change, and biodiversity loss paint a grim view of a future where agriculture has replaced wildlife, and humans and nature alike struggle for survival on a dying, overheated, overpopulated planet. Over the last few months, it has become clear that the magnitude of ...

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Bitcoin has been hailed as ‘the future of money.’ As I write this, a single bitcoin is worth over $34,000 USD. In 2009, when Bitcoin was released, a single bitcoin was worth $0.0008. That is less than one tenth of a cent. In between, billionaires have been made. Bitcoin’s incredible rise in value and popularity ...