Kimberly Powell

Eugene, OR, United States

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Currently a student at the University of Oregon. Majoring in Biology with an emphasis in evolution and ecology.

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Kimberly Powell
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
I feel zoos try to showcase the conservation and extinction rates outside of their enclosures but have a hard time doing so. People go to the zoo to see the lions and tigers and bears, and while they are there they concentrate on the exotic and endangered species without thinking about the possibility of endangered species around them in their everyday environment. If zoos some how incorporated local animals that are endangered with either an exhibit or simply listing the species in the Zoo map's I feel that it would draw more awareness to those who visit.
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Kimberly Powell
Posted almost 2 years ago
From ivory tower to prison cell: How can we bring conservation efforts to the public?
The key to success in conversation science awareness (or whatever you want to call it) is to start implementing it into peoples lives at a young age. If they grow up with it the chance are it will be more successful since it will be the only way they know about. Where if you try to teach someone who is older lets say in their 60's they already know so many other ways for things to work in these situations it will be hard to teach them otherwise.
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Kimberly Powell
Posted almost 2 years ago
Should shark fishing be banned?
This topic seems to come up a lot. And one prime example of where shark fin harvesting is taking a huge toll would be in the phoenix islands its a remote location and they have seen over the last ten years a huge decline in shark populations due to people coming and harvesting fins.
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Kimberly Powell
Posted almost 2 years ago
Should Cannabis be legalized as a medicine?
Legalizing Cannabis whether it be strictly for medicinal use or just in general would produce another area for the government to tax citizens. At this point in the economic downfall I don't see why it shouldn't be legalized. The possible tax that would be put on it has the potential to be so great that it could greatly impact the deficit this country is in. I am not saying taxing of Cannabis due to legalization will fix the economic problem in this country but it does have the potential to impact it positively. Then again this may just be the Oregonian side of me talking since we are one of the sixteen states that allows the usage of Cannabis for medicinal purposes, which has put it openly in the public specially the last few years as being beneficial as medicine. Also Oregon is one of the states that has a lesser fine if caught compared to other states (misdemeanor if caught with possession of anything under an ounce).
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Kimberly Powell
Posted almost 2 years ago
What is more important: Our drugs or our ecosystems?
I feel like if we were to really choose between protecting our ecosystems or keeping our drugs that half the world would be faced with a new challenge of survival the way societies used to. If you take away the drugs we have all been introduced too more infections would come about and I feel more deaths would occur due to them. I am not talking necessarily really bad infections but simple ones that we can control today with medicine. Taking away such a simple thing as penicillin could cause more casualties if people felt that protecting our ecosystems outweighed the cost and benefits of our medicines. this is kinda a hard topic to argue from my prospective. Growing up in Portland where the sky, ground and buildings match each other for nine months out of the year and it seems that one in every three people is depressed sometimes letting simple drugs get into the waterways could seem like a good thing. heck ever wonder what the depression rates would be in Portland and Seattle if the cities could put anti-depressants into the water during the winter?
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Kimberly Powell
Posted almost 2 years ago
What are ecosystem services that you rely on everyday? Are you willing to pay for them?
Nature as a whole is what I value most. Whether that be the production of food that comes from nature, or whether that be the extraction of small amounts of individual allergens, such as small amounts of different types of pollen, dust and even bee extract. The small amounts of individual allergens kind of holds a high value for me specially in the spring and summer. Extraction of these allergens is what makes it so many can breath in the morning since they are extracted and placed into vials and injected depending on ones individual allergies and needs. So right now, nature as a whole contributes to the extraction of allergens to help individuals thrive.