Image courtesy of the National Park Service

Discoveries are made every day on Richmond’s campus — and we especially love learning about faculty collaborations on timely issues that introduce new ideas to our community at large.

For example, UR biology professors Todd Lookingbill and Peter Smallwood have written a book exploring the idea of re-envisioning former battlefields and preserving them as healthy natural habitats. The book, "Collateral Values: The Natural Capital Created by Landscapes of War,”  discusses the societal benefits of hiking and bird watching along with wildlife conservation, pollution reduction, pollination enhancement, and more.

“The ecosystems of protected areas, such as parks and preserves, provide vital benefits for humans and nature,” they said in a recent article in the Chicago Tribune. “Unfortunately, the world is in danger of losing at least one-third of its protected areas to development and other threats. Recognizing the collateral values that have developed on protected former battlefields and border zones may help reduce degradation and loss of these lands."

We’re proud to see their hard work come to life!

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