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Volcanic vents preview future ocean habitats
A world-first underwater study of fish in their natural environment by University of Adelaide marine ecologists has shown how predicted ocean acidification from climate change will devastate temperate marine habitats and biodiversity. (2015-08-10)
6th International Barcode of Life Conference coming to Canada for first time
The scale, scope and reach of DNA barcoding can be measured by the 6th International Barcode of Life Conference, which is coming to Canada for the first time from August 18 to 21. (2015-08-05)
Finding the 'conservación' in conservation genetics
A recently published special issue of the Journal of Heredity focuses on case studies of real-world applications of conservation genetics in Latin America, from nabbing parrot smugglers to exposing fraudulent fish sales. (2015-08-05)
Where commerce and conservation clash: Bushmeat trade grows with economy in 13-year study
Comprehensive results of 13 years of one of the longest continuously running studies of commercial hunting activity have been published in the journal PLOS ONE. (2015-08-03)
'Golden jackals' of East Africa are actually 'golden wolves'
Despite their remarkably similar appearance, the 'golden jackals' of East Africa and Eurasia are actually two entirely different species. (2015-07-30)
North America's salamanders at risk of epidemic from overseas
The international pet trade threatens to spread a deadly fungal infection to North America's rich wild salamander population and must be frozen, according to the authors of this Policy Forum. (2015-07-30)
Carnegie's Greg Asner elected Fellow of American Geophysical Union
Carnegie investigator Greg Asner has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). (2015-07-28)
Life in the fast spray zone: 4 new endemic tooth-frog species in West African forests
Up until recently there was a single known species in the only vertebrate family endemic to West Africa, the torrent tooth-frog. (2015-07-27)
Drivers of temporal changes in temperate forest plant diversity
Together with an international team of scientists from all over Europe, a scientist from University of Jena comprehensively analyzed the biodiversity in forests of the temperate zone of Europe. (2015-07-27)
Stadium lighting affects bat behavior and may threaten biodiversity
A new Animal Conservation study shows that sports stadium lighting can alter patterns of bat species activity and feeding, which may in turn have cascading effects on other organisms and the ecosystem as a whole. (2015-07-24)
Parasitic flatworms flout global biodiversity patterns
The odds of being attacked and castrated by a variety of parasitic flatworms increases for marine horn snails the farther they are found from the tropics. (2015-07-24)
Space-eye-view could help stop global wildlife decline
Conservation scientists need to collaborate with space agencies, such as NASA and the European Space Agency, to identify measures which help track biodiversity declines around the world. (2015-07-22)
Dark plumage helps birds survive on small islands
Animal populations on islands tend to develop weird traits over time, becoming big or small or losing the ability to fly. (2015-07-22)
Scientists see risks in biodiversity offsets misuse
Australian scientists have warned governments against using biodiversity offsetting to meet existing conservation commitments. (2015-07-22)
As the oceans warm, wide-ranging species will have an edge
Marine species that already have large ranges are extending their territories fastest in response to climate change, according to new research from University of British Columbia biodiversity experts. (2015-07-20)
A fish too deep for science
Scientists from the Smithsonian Institution describe a new goby fish species that lives deeper than its closest relatives and had gone unnoticed up until now. (2015-07-17)
UAlberta scientists part of unprecedented worldwide biodiversity study
Humans depend on high levels of ecosystem biodiversity, but due to climate change and changes in land use, biodiversity loss is now greater than at any time in human history. (2015-07-16)
Brakes and hairs from a maiden: The Pteridaceae fern family diversity in Togo
A revision of the Pteridaceae fern family from Togo was performed with recent field data and herbaria specimens from Lomé and Paris. (2015-07-16)
Environment, not distance, triggers genetic differences in 'sky island' birds
Joseph Manthey's paper in Molecular Ecology has been hailed as a 'blueprint' for future isolation-by-environment studies. (2015-07-14)
Types of fungi and lichens at the Herbarium of the University of Granada available on-line
An images collection and data about the most special fungi and lichens deposited at the Herbarium of the University of Granada, Spain, has been made accessible on the Internet. (2015-07-13)
Assessing quality of flowing waters with DNA analyses
The quality of waters can be assessed using of the organisms occurring therein. (2015-07-09)
Human activities, shifts in local species reshaping coastal biodiversity
While human activities have caused extinctions across the globe, your favorite beach or diving site may actually be home to as many, or more, species then it was a few decades ago. (2015-07-09)
Study: Temperature a dominant influence on bird diversity loss in Mexico
A wide-ranging study of gains and losses of populations of bird species across Mexico in the 20th century shows shifts in temperature due to global climate change are the primary environmental influence on the distributions of bird species. (2015-07-07)
Mitochondrial metagenomics: How '-omics' is saving wild bees
The mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) database demonstrated its great value on detecting wild bees in UK farms via mitochondrial metagenomics pipeline, a new approach developed by scientists from the China National Genebank, BGI-Shenzhen. (2015-07-07)
Scientists warn of species loss due to man-made landscapes
Researchers say farmland is a poor substitute for natural areas but simple improvements could make a difference to biodiversity conservation. (2015-07-02)
Hydroelectric dams drastically reduce tropical forest biodiversity
Widely hailed as 'green' sources of renewable energy, hydroelectric dams have been built worldwide at an unprecedented scale. (2015-07-01)
Young Researchers Award winner to help advance biodiversity informatics in South Africa
Fatima Parker-Allie, a South African Ph.D. student, is a recipient of the GBIF Young Researchers' Award for 2015. (2015-06-29)
Forgotten fossil indicates earlier origin of teeth
A tiny tooth plate of the 410 million year old fossil fish Romundina stellina indicates that teeth evolved earlier in the tree of life than recently thought. (2015-06-24)
Malaysia's 'megadiverse' biology to be explored, conserved with new grant
With a National Geographic Society grant, University of Kansas graduate student Chan Kin Onn will focus on revealing the hidden diversity and riverscape genetics of reptiles and amphibians in Northeastern Peninsular Malaysia. (2015-06-24)
Antarctic life -- highly diverse, unusually structured
In a comprehensive assessment of Antarctic biodiversity, published in Nature this week, scientists have revealed the region is more diverse and biologically interesting than previously thought. (2015-06-24)
From Darwin to moramora ('take it easy'): Ten new subsocial spider species from Madagascar
A thorough research on nearly 400 Madagascan subsocial spider colonies, conducted by Dr. (2015-06-22)
Ecosystem services and food security: Facilitating decisions for sustainable rice production
Continuing global population growth requires an increase in food production. (2015-06-22)
Stanford researcher declares that the sixth mass extinction is here
Paul Ehrlich and others use highly conservative estimates to prove that species are disappearing faster than at any time since the dinosaurs' demise. (2015-06-19)
Surprisingly few 'busy bees' make global crops grow
A major international study finds that surprisingly few bee species are responsible for pollinating the planet's crops: only two percent of wild bee species pollinate 80 percent of bee-pollinated crops worldwide. (2015-06-16)
Palm oil price change could save tigers, other species
Consumers will pay higher prices for palm oil made by companies that help to protect endangered species, finds a new US-UK study. (2015-06-15)
USF biologists: Biodiversity reduces human, wildlife diseases and crop pests
With infectious diseases increasing worldwide, the need to understand how and why disease outbreaks occur is becoming increasingly important. (2015-06-15)
Bumble bees in the last frontier
A decline in bumble bee populations in Europe and North America has been documented in a number of recent publications. (2015-06-15)
Higher prices for sustainable palm oil could save endangered species
Higher supermarket prices for eco-friendly palm oil could help save endangered species. (2015-06-15)
Conservation policies could improve human health
An analysis of four years of data on disease, climate, demographics, public health services and land use change in 700 municipalities within the Brazilian Amazon reveals that measures taken to protect ecosystems and the environment might also deliver public health benefits. (2015-06-15)
We are entering a 'golden age' of animal tracking
Animals wearing new tagging and tracking devices give a real-time look at their behavior and at the environmental health of the planet, say research associates at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in the June 12 issue of Science magazine. (2015-06-12)
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