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Giant tortoises gain a foothold on a Galapagos Island
A population of endangered giant tortoises, which once dwindled to just over a dozen, has recovered on the Galapagos island of Española, a finding described as "a true story of success and hope in conservation" by the lead author of a study published today. View News Article (2014-10-29)


How ferns adapted to one of Earth's newest and most extreme environments
Ferns are believed to be 'old' plant species - some of them lived alongside the dinosaurs, over 200 million years ago. However, a group of Andean ferns evolved much more recently: their completely new form and structure (morphology) arose and diversified within the last 2 million years.  View News Article (2014-10-24)


River flow by design: environmental flows support ecosystem services in rivers natural and novel
Last spring, the Colorado River reached its delta for the first time in 16 years, flowing into Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of California after wetting 70 miles of long-dry channels through the Sonoran Desert. View News Article (2014-10-09)


Study: Creepy Crawlers Play Key Role in Structure of Grasslands
When asked to describe a forest or a meadow, most people would probably begin with the plants, the species diversity, or the color of the foliage. They probably wouldn't pay much attention to the animals living in the soil. View News Article (2014-10-02)


On invasive species, Darwin had it right all along, study shows
Dov Sax of Brown University and Jason Fridley of Syracuse University aren't proposing a novel idea to explain species invasiveness. View News Article (2014-10-02)


The cultural side of science communication
Do we think of nature as something that we enjoy when we visit a national park and something we need to "preserve?" Or do we think of ourselves as a part of nature? A bird's nest is a part of nature, but what about a house?  View News Article (2014-10-01)


Ocean Acidification Could Lead to Collapse of Coral Reefs, Say Hebrew University Scientists
An expedition from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Carnegie Institute of Science has measured a roughly 40% reduction in the rate of calcium carbonate deposited in Australia's Great Barrier Reef in the last 35 years - a scenario that could damage the reef framework and endanger the entire coral ecosystem. View News Article (2014-09-30)


If trees could talk
Permafrost thaw drives forest loss in Canada, while drought has killed trees in Panama, southern India and Borneo.  View News Article (2014-09-26)


Study helps assess impact of temperature on belowground soil decomposition
The Earth's soils store four times more carbon than the atmosphere and small changes in soil carbon storage can have a big effect on atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. View News Article (2014-09-24)


Answer to restoring lost island biodiversity found in fossils
Many native species have vanished from tropical islands because of human impact, but University of Florida scientists have discovered how fossils can be used to restore lost biodiversity. View News Article (2014-09-23)

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