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Hummingbirds provide insight into food specialization across the Americas
A new study has mapped food specialization in hummingbird communities across the Americas, leading to a rare documentation of a large scale ecological pattern. It reveals that communities with high levels of food specializations coincide with a high number of smaller-ranged species. View News Article (2016-02-03)

Four new algae species discovered in Hawaii's deep waters
Scientists working with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries announced the discovery of four new species of deep-water algae from Hawaii. Marine algae, or limu, are very important in Hawaiian culture, used in foods, ceremonies and as adornments in traditional hula.  View News Article (2016-02-03)

New Zealand's little penguins are recent Australian invaders
The little penguin species (popularly known as little blue penguins) found in southern New Zealand is a surprisingly recent invader from Australia, according to a new study led by University of Otago researchers. View News Article (2016-02-03)

Logging helps black rats invade rainforests
Logging can encourage black rats to invade tropical rainforests by creating habitats they prefer, giving them the chance to displace native mammals. View News Article (2016-02-02)

Neurogenesis -- discovery of a new regulatory mechanism
Bassem Hassan's team at VIB/KU Leuven has discovered a previously unknown mechanism that is highly conserved between species and which regulates neurogenesis through precise temporal control of the activity of a family of proteins essential for brain development: the proneural proteins. View News Article (2016-02-01)

Earthworms could be a threat to biodiversity
The humble earthworm may be a threat to plant diversity in natural ecosystems, says a study just published by researchers from Universit√© Laval and Universit√© de Sherbrooke View News Article (2016-01-28)

Evolutionary clock ticks for snowshoe hares facing climate change
Snowshoe hares that camouflage themselves by changing their coats from brown in summer to white in winter face serious threats from climate change, and it's uncertain whether hare populations will be able to adapt in time, according to a North Carolina State University study.  View News Article (2016-01-22)

Land management could help wildlife beat the challenges brought by climate change
Land management could help wildlife beat the challenges brought by climate change. The harmful effects of climate change on wildlife habitats can been counteracted by localised land management, a new research paper has suggested. View News Article (2016-01-21)

Weather-worn lizards might adapt to new climates
James Cook University scientists have found lizards exposed to rain, hail and shine may cope better with extreme weather events predicted as a result of climate change than their fair-weather cousins.  View News Article (2016-01-19)

Predictability of DNA markers for population-level study based on species-level variation
Biologists who use molecular data to study evolutionary dynamics between closely related organisms, such as populations, are constantly searching for regions of the genome with high amounts of variability.  View News Article (2016-01-19)

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