With this picture of a school of fish in the Great Barrier Reef, the scientist Kristen Brown won a photo competition (press picture).
It was shot by the photographer and scientist Kristen Brown from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, as the journal “BMC Ecology and Evolution” announced on Friday in London.
“This picture shows both the beauty and abundance of our oceans and the worsening crisis that is unfolding in the world of the seas,” said Brown, according to a statement. Rich coral reefs like this are becoming increasingly rare. “Without real efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve water quality, there is a risk that coral reefs as we know them will disappear while we are still alive.”
The biologist Roberto García-Roa from the University of Valencia was recognized for his pictures in several categories of the competition. His photos show, among other things, termites on a rope in a forest in Malaysia and a scientist who is trying to research the history of human locomotion using a baboon.
The specialist journal launched the photo competition with different categories to give biologists and ecologists the opportunity to present their research in a creative way and to promote an interface between science and art.
* Specialized publication number DOI: 10.1186 / s12862-021-01886-7