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A dolphin diet
The health of dolphin populations worldwide depends on sustained access to robust food sources. (2017-08-02)
The irresistible fragrance of dying vinegar flies
Vinegar flies should normally try to avoid their sick conspecifics to prevent becoming infected themselves. (2017-08-16)
Mechanisms explaining positional diversity of the hindlimb in tetrapod evolution
Elucidating how body parts in their earliest recognizable form are assembled in tetrapods during development is essential for understanding the nature of morphological evolution. (2017-08-18)
Desert tortoises can't take the heat of roadside fencing
Desert tortoises pace back and forth and can overheat by roadside fencing meant to help them, according to a study by the University of California, Davis, and the University of Georgia. (2017-08-04)
Jackdaws flap their wings to save energy
For the first time, researchers have observed that birds that fly actively and flap their wings save energy. (2017-08-11)
Round Goby invade Great Lakes
A team of scientists from the University of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the University of Guelph has identified a drastic invasion of round goby into many Great Lakes tributaries, including several areas of the Thames, Sydenham, Ausable and Grand Rivers. (2009-08-11)
Global warming threatens Australia's iconic kangaroos
A new study published in the December issue of the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology finds that an increase in average temperature of only two degrees Celsius could have a devastating effect on populations of Australia's iconic kangaroos. (2008-10-15)
Modern logging techniques benefit rainforest wildlife
New research has highlighted the value of a modern logging technique for maintaining biodiversity in tropical forests that are used for timber production. (2015-02-27)
In enemy garb
Biologists expand on more than 150 years of textbook wisdom with a new explanation for wasp mimicry. (2017-02-24)
UM study: Kodiak bears track salmon runs in Alaska
Research from the University of Montana found bears greatly extend their use of salmon resources by migrating from one run to another. (2016-05-31)
Solutions for a nitrogen-soaked world
Nitrogen is both an essential nutrient and a pollutant, a byproduct of fossil fuel combustion and a fertilizer that feeds billions, a benefit and a hazard, depending on form, location, and quantity. (2012-01-17)
Shifting patterns of temperature volatility in the climate system
In recent decades there has been increased variability in yearly temperature records for large parts of Europe and North America, according to a study published online today in Nature. (2013-07-24)
DNA analysis reveals queen bumblebees disperse far from birthplace before setting up home
In the new study, published today in the journal Molecular Ecology, a combination of DNA analysis and landscape mapping was used to reveal the relationships between hundreds of wild bumblebee colonies of five different species, including four common and one rare species, in an area of nearly 20 square kilometers of farmland in southern England. (2014-06-30)
At the root of nutrient limitation, ecosystems are not as different as they seem
Anyone who has thrown a backyard barbecue knows that hot dogs are inexplicably packaged in different numbers than buns -- eight hot dogs per pack versus 10 hot dog buns. (2007-11-08)
White shark diets vary with age and among individuals
White sharks, the largest predatory sharks in the ocean, are thought of as apex predators that feed primarily on seals and sea lions. (2012-09-28)
Limits for mountain trail use identified
A new study on human impact to wildlife in some of Canada's most popular national parks has identified limits at which trails can be used before ecological disturbance takes place. (2011-09-22)
Levin wins National Medal of Science for unraveling ecological complexity
Simon Levin, Princeton University's George M. Moffett Professor of Biology and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will receive a National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor. (2015-12-22)
Temperature and ecology: Rival Chilean barnacles keep competition cool
A lot of research shows that temperature can strongly influence species interactions and sometimes shape the appearance and functioning of biological communities. (2014-02-21)
UGA study pinpoints the likeliest rodent sources of future human infectious diseases
Researchers have developed a way to predict which species of rodents are likeliest to be sources of new disease outbreaks in humans. (2015-05-20)
Clemson University institute to study 'vertical farming' feasibility in Charleston, S.C.
Clemson University's Institute of Applied Ecology received EPA funding to develop a design-feasibility study to build a (2011-05-11)
Homeground ecology 101: Sara Stein to speak at ESA Meeting
On Sunday, August 5 at 5:00 p.m. Sara Stein, acclaimed natural science writer and gardener, will speak at the public plenary session of the Ecological Society of America's Annual Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin. (2001-06-28)
West Nile virus transmission linked with land-use patterns and 'super-spreaders'
After its initial appearance in New York in 1999, West Nile virus spread across the United States in just a few years and is now well-established throughout North and South America. (2011-10-20)
Amazon wildfires contribute to carbon problem
More trees are dying following forest fires in the Amazon than was previously thought according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). (2003-01-02)
Preventing mass extinctions of big mammals will require immediate action
Preventing the extinctions of the world's largest mammals -- including gorillas, rhinoceroses, elephants, lions, tigers, wolves and bears -- will require prompt, bold political action and financial commitments from nations worldwide, argue 43 wildlife experts from six continents. (2016-08-05)
Temperature changes wreak ecological havoc in deforested areas, CU-Boulder study finds
The newly-exposed edges of deforested areas are highly susceptible to drastic temperature changes, leading to hotter, drier and more variable conditions for the forest that remains, according to new research from the University of Colorado Boulder. (2016-02-23)
Ecologists allay fears for farmland birds from wind turbines
Wind farms pose less of a threat to farmland birds than previously feared, new research has found. (2008-09-30)
An easy way to find a needle in a haystack by removing the haystack
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena and their colleagues from the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague have developed a new method to quickly and reliably detect metabolites, such as sugars, fatty acids, amino acids and other organic substances from plant or animal tissue samples. (2009-06-18)
Where do puffins go in the winter?
A recent increase in winter mortality in Atlantic puffins could be due to worsening conditions within the North Sea, according to new findings published in the scientific journal Marine Biology. (2010-01-08)
New high-resolution carbon mapping techniques provide more accurate results
A team of scientists from the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Global Ecology and the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station has developed new, more accurate methods for mapping carbon in Hawaii's forests. (2011-03-14)
2 LSU Professors named AAAS Fellows
LSU Professors John Fleeger and Robert Lipton have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS. (2013-12-02)
Living in social groups may lessen the impacts of a chronic illness in wild animals
Living in a social group has many benefits for wildlife but is often assumed to come at the cost of increased disease risk. (2015-05-18)
Affects of climate change to birds worsened by housing development
Although climate change may alter the distributions of many species, changes in land use may compound these effects. (2012-12-19)
Still capable of adapting: Research team studies genetic diversity of living fossils
The morphology of coelacanths has not fundamentally changed since the Devonian age, that is, for about 400 million years. (2012-06-14)
Sustaining young forest communities
The recent Southern Research Station (SRS) publication Sustaining Young Forest Communities: Ecology and Management of Early Successional Habitats in the Central Hardwood Region, USA, addresses a variety of concerns raised by Forest Service managers and natural resource professionals regarding early successional habitats. (2011-09-20)
Study: Maple syrup production declines after big seed year
New research in the journal Forest Ecology and Management reveals a more valuable metric for understanding -- and even predicting -- syrup production: How many seed helicopters rained down from the trees the year before. (2014-11-03)
Voracious comb jellyfish 'invisible' to prey
Despite its primitive structure, the North American comb jellyfish can sneak up on its prey like a high-tech stealth submarine, making it a successful predator. Researchers, including one from the University of Gothenburg, have now been able to show how the jellyfish makes itself hydrodynamically (2010-10-10)
Acidifying oceans could hit California mussels, a key species
Ocean acidification, a consequence of climate change, could weaken the shells of California mussels and diminish their body mass, with serious implications for coastal ecosystems. (2011-07-14)
Butterflies' evolutionary responses to warmer temperatures may compromise their ability to adapt to future climate change
Members of the brown argus butterfly species that moved north in response to recent climate change have evolved a narrower diet dependent on wild Geranium plants, UK researchers report. (2014-08-18)
Social life-history response to individual immune challenge of workers of Bombus terrestris
Solitary organisms can minimise fitness loss from parasitism with a facultative change to an earlier reproduction. (2004-02-05)
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