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Beavers restore dead wood in boreal forests
Dead wood has decreased dramatically in the boreal zone due to intensive forest management. Several species dependent on dead wood have suffered from this decline.  View News Article (2015-11-24)

Half of all Amazonian tree species may be globally threatened
Forests in the Amazon have been declining since the 1950s, but scientists still have a poor understanding of how this has affected populations of individual species. View News Article (2015-11-23)

Piping plovers losing breeding habitat to wetland drainage
Piping plovers, a federally threatened species of shorebirds, are likely losing wetland breeding habitat in the Great Plains as a result of wetland drainage, climate change or both, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. View News Article (2015-11-20)

Fighting and females determine how males make sperm
"The sperm of rodents is at least twice as long as sperm of large mammals like primates, tigers, and even whales. We wanted to know why sperm sizes differ so dramatically when they all have the same task -- to fertilize eggs", says John Fitzpatrick, associate senior lecturer at Stockholm University. View News Article (2015-11-19)

Bird decline shows that climate change is more than just hot air
Scientists have long known that birds are feeling the heat due to climate change. However, a new study of a dozen affected species in the Western Cape suggests their decline is more complex than previously thought - and in some cases more serious.  View News Article (2015-11-17)

Fossil discovery shows that three previously recognized species are in fact just one
On an expedition in Scotland, researchers recently discovered the fossilized remains of a mouse-sized mammal dating back around 170 million years to the Middle Jurassic. View News Article (2015-11-17)

Long-term effects of common pesticides on aquatic species
New research indicates that commonly-used insecticide mixtures continue to impact aquatic invertebrate species over multiple weeks, even when the chemicals are no longer detectable in water. View News Article (2015-11-17)

Flowers that point to the sky may attract more moth pollinators
Plants that have flowers that point towards the sky may be better at attracting moth pollinators than plants that have 'shy' flowers that point sideways. View News Article (2015-11-17)

Parasitic fungi and the battle against coffee rust disease
Coffee rust has ravaged Latin American plantations for several years, leading to reductions in annual coffee production of up to 30 percent in some countries and threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of small-scale farmers in the region. View News Article (2015-11-16)

Mass extinctions don't favor large vertebrates
A new study finds that, similar to the mass extinction that's underway now, the end-Devonian extinction resulted in the loss of most large-bodied vertebrates. View News Article (2015-11-13)

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