Just found this really interesting article on ScienceDaily stating that due to colonization early on, there have been no "pristine" landscapes for the last thousand years. The authors state that archaeological data is often not taken into consideration during conservation research and that large-scale extinctions from human disturbances are not just a recent post-industrial revolution phenomenon. Really cool to think about as it raises questions such as whether or not climax ecosystems truly exist at the moment or whatever "original state" even means in regards to landscape restoration.
Here is the article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160606154851.htm
On another note, another really interesting article I found on ScienceDaily pertaining to Electric Eels...
It's been a great year with you guys and good luck with finals!