Biodiversity on the brink? Is there any stopping the damage to the Pervuian Amazon?

May 10, 2018

1 min

Anthony Mazeroll, PhD

There’s nothing new or breaking about the importance of the Amazon rain forest. For decades, politicians, celebrities and most recently – even the Pope called on the world to act against the deforestation and further protection of the region. The impacts of this devastation are being felt around the world. The massive forests absorb greenhouse gases, and as deforestation occurs at a staggering rate – so too does the increase in climate change and global warming. But agriculture, mining and development seem to be ignorant to those requests and consequences.

While a lot of attention naturally goes to Brazil, Peru’s is in just as much trouble. According to the United Nations, the country is one of 17 "megadiverse" countries on the planet containing 70 percent of the world's biodiversity.

There’s still a l lot to know about the affects of deforestation and how losing over a million hectares of rain forest has taken a toll on fish, the ecosystem and the vast flora and fauna that remain undiscovered.

That’s where our experts can help. Anthony Mazeroll, PhD, Professor of Biology at Soka University of America, is also Executive Director and Board Chair for the Amazon Research Center for Ornamental Fishes, which is devoted to sustainable breeding and conservation of the rainforest ecology.

Dr. Mazeroll is available to speak with media regarding this and many other issues affecting the Amazon - simply click on Anthony’s icon to arrange an interview.


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Anthony Mazeroll, PhD

Anthony Mazeroll, PhD

Professor Environmental Studies

Professor Mazeroll focuses on the behavioral ecology of fishes

Ecology of Amazonian FishesPopulation GeneticsFish EcologyFish Behaviour ObservationHuman Impact on the Environment