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Extinction Countdown: Your Turn

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Scientific American Blog Network (which this blog preceded by a few years), so instead of our usual news coverage we’re all marking the occasion by asking to hear more about you.

Please drop on down into the comments section on this page and tell us a little bit about yourself and why you read Extinction Countdown. Here are a few questions you could answer:

  • Who are you?
  • Are you involved in conservation in some way or do you just care about the issues at hand?
  • How do you read Extinction Countdown? Do you get here via Facebook, Twitter, RSS, the Scientific American web site, or someplace else?
  • Do you follow this blog regularly or just read occasional articles?
  • What species or conservation-related issues would you like to read about in the future?
  • What’s your favorite animal?

This is also a good occasion to ask you to spread the word about Extinction Countdown. Tweet it, spread the word on Facebook, send an email link to your brother or grandmother…every new reader helps!

There, that was painless enough. (Thanks to Ed Yong for the inspiration on these questions.) Thanks in advance for your comments and look for the next Extinction Countdown news item early next week!

Photo: Vancouver Film School via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license

John R. Platt About the Author: Twice a week, John Platt shines a light on endangered species from all over the globe, exploring not just why they are dying out but also what's being done to rescue them from oblivion. Follow on Twitter @johnrplatt.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. evillate 3:33 pm 07/6/2012

    I am an accountant living in the U.S. but originally from Colombia. In my opinion, the current extinction of species is the single most shameful event of all the shameful events of our times. Favorite animal: Wild Lions.

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  2. 2. John R. Platt in reply to John R. Platt 4:03 pm 07/6/2012

    Thanks for your reply!

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  3. 3. Postman1 7:12 pm 07/6/2012

    Retiree, living in NC. Background in geography, climatology, and meteorology. Also degree in secondary ed. Believe AGW is just a plot to redistribute western wealth.

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  4. 4. Vpanoptes 11:49 pm 07/8/2012

    Teacher, Biologist. Background in Evolutionary Ecology. Enjoy your blog, well done and interesting. Look forward to reading it on a regular basis in the future.

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  5. 5. John R. Platt in reply to John R. Platt 1:55 pm 07/9/2012

    Thanks!

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  6. 6. thasus 7:46 am 07/30/2012

    Im a Marine Ecologist from India and I’ve just started working for a marine conservation NGO. Today was the first time I came across this blog, but would definitely like to read it more often!
    I’d like to read about marine species faced by extinction especially organisms like groupers and some invertebrates.

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  7. 7. John R. Platt in reply to John R. Platt 8:59 am 07/30/2012

    Thanks for reading, Thasus. I’ll definitely have some marine species coming up soon!

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  8. 8. Sebastian Marquez 2:08 am 11/8/2013

    Hi John,

    A year too late… hope you don’t mind. Daytime job is a non-profit doing native reforestation work in Kane’ohe Hawai’i. On the weekends I am also one of the coordinators for the Manoa Cliff reforestation project. Always like seeing conservation issues in Hawai’i brought into the public sphere.

    I found your blog whenever Tet zoo moved over.

    I read your blog from the SciAm website. I try and make a point to read your blog a couple times a month.

    I’m always interested in reading about quirky island biota.

    Favorite extant animal is the cheetah

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  9. 9. John R. Platt in reply to John R. Platt 8:20 am 11/8/2013

    Thanks, Sebastian — I appreciate your comment and thanks for reading!

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