Biology and Art - November

This month’s contribution comes from D.B. Koda, a 2nd-year master’s student interested in many different things, but he kept losing interest in his life as his research progressed. For him, the true meaning of being a researcher is to be absolutely point-focused on the study.

<3 November UNESCO - International Day for Biosphere Reserves>
This month’s topic is about how human society can co-exist with natural ecosystems. One of the essential concepts in the biosphere reserves is the designation of the core areas as strictly protected ones to conserve landscapes, ecosystems, species, and genetic variations. I wonder what the priorities for designating such sites are. Since we cannot survey the entire ecological community and are selective on places that want to be protected, we could be choosing the ecologically less important sites. A suitable living space for a human could also be a biologically demanding habitat for specific organisms. To extrapolate more, do we have any earth’s surface that does not have a human footprint of any sort? There is no easy solution to this problem, and it is an almost unsolvable question. Still, it does not mean we, as biologists, can stop thinking about it, which is why we are motivated in our research.


The rules are simple: 5-7-5, there is no seasonal reference word (a kigo), but your poem must relate to either biology or the topic of the month, and you are writing in English.
Therefore, D.B.’s haiku for this month is:

Where is the friendship?
Can we reunite again:
fauna, flora & us?



WORDS to learn this month are: biosphere (生物圏), ecosystem (生態系), habitat (生息地), to designate (指定する), survey (調査), selective (選択的), demanding (を要求する), to extrapolate (を外挿する/を推定する), footprint (フットプリント)