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New book urges ecologists to think 'outside the helmet'
An ecologist at Washington University in St. Louis has co-authored a new book that is forcing the pith helmet set to (2004-04-13)

Alternative explanations for the evolution of monogamy and sibling cooperation
The textbook 'monogamy hypothesis' argues that monogamy favors the evolution of cooperation by increasing sibling relatedness, since helpers are as related to the full siblings that they care for as they are to their own offspring. But in an Opinion, published May 3 in Trends in Ecology & Evolution, two experts in social and reproductive behavior say that the proof isn't all there. (2016-05-03)

American Society for Microbiology honors Richard W. Castenholz
The 2009 American Society for Microbiology USFCC/J. Roger Porter Award is being presented to Richard W. Castenholz, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Oregon. This award recognizes outstanding efforts by a scientist who has demonstrated the importance of microbial biodiversity through sustained curatorial or stewardship activities for a major resource used by the scientific community. (2009-06-08)

The real urban jungle
How well do you understand life in your own backyard? Cities and suburbs form their own unique ecosystems and ecology, where humans aren't visitors; they are an integral component, like trees in a forest or coral in a reef. If more than half of the Earth's people live in cities and the amount of paved surfaces in the United States is equivalent to the area of Ohio, shouldn't our sciences thrive in the city? (2010-08-04)

Insects could help us find new yeasts for big business
Yeasts are tiny fungi -- but they play key roles in producing everything from beer and cheese to industrial chemicals and biofuels. And now scientists are proposing a new approach that could help these industries find new yeasts for use in their manufacturing processes. (2018-03-21)

'Geological Approaches to Coral Reef Ecology'
Coral reefs around the world are sustaining massive damage at an alarming rate. (2007-01-05)

Pioneer of ecological genetics
At the annual institute symposium on Sept. 12, 2013, the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, will celebrate the election of Prof. Ian T. Baldwin to the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and the German Leopoldina. Election to these scientific elite societies honors his distinguished achievements in plant ecology by integrating whole organismic-expertise into the study of gene function. (2013-09-06)

Wing structure helps female monarch butterflies outperform males in flight
In a study comparing physical traits of female and male monarchs, University of Georgia found that although female monarchs have smaller wings and smaller flight muscles than males, their wings are thicker and also bear less weight per square inch, making them both sturdier and more efficient in flight. (2015-11-03)

Let's prepare now so farming insects as food is environmentally friendly, say scientists
As whole-roasted crickets gain traction as a protein-rich snack and restaurants experiment with mealworms on the menu, there's still 'an overwhelming lack of knowledge' concerning the ecological sustainability of the emerging, multi-million-dollar insects-as-food industry, say researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. In an opinion article published Jan. 14 in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution, they explore unanswered questions around insect rearing, safety, and environmental impacts. (2019-01-14)

1st international study group for new 'movement' discipline
Movement ecology is on the move, with the world's first international research group on this topic having begun its work this fall at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute for Advanced Studies. (2006-11-09)

Review explores how birds can stay slim, even when they overeat
Noticing that songbirds never seem to get fat despite overeating at bird feeders, London environmental biologist Lewis Halsey wondered whether the amount of energy birds put into singing, fidgeting, or exercising could be adjusted in ways that regulate weight. In a literature review published Sept. 18 in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution, he explores whether songbirds don't need to worry about their calorie counts because they can control the way their bodies use energy. (2018-09-18)

Ernst Haeckel: Pioneer of modern science
Evolutionary biologist Ernst Haeckel became the first person to define the term ecology in his work published in 1866, entitled 'General Morphology of Organisms'. Science historians and biologists from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) have now worked out just how close his original classification is to our modern understanding of ecology -- at the invitation of the renowned journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution. (2019-05-17)

Killing in the name of conservation
Methods in Ecology and Evolution reports on a new application developed by ecologists to improve the success of wildlife managers dealing with feral animals. (2010-02-22)

Some plants may compensate for herbivore damage by stimulating nutrient release in the soil
Browsing by mammals often has a serious impact on growth of tree saplings and regeneration of forests. However, there is much uncertainty with regard to effects on soil nutrient cycling and potential consequences for plant growth. In Ecology Letters, June, researchers from Lancaster University and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology demonstrate a link between above-ground herbivory and below-ground nutrient cycling. (2004-05-13)

USU ecologists propose new method to probe population growth questions
To close the gap between contemporary reality and demographic theory, Utah State University ecologists and colleagues developed a set of transient life table response experiments for decomposing realized population growth rates into contributions from specific vital rates and components of population structure. (2016-07-14)

Simple math may solve longstanding problem of parasite energetics
Feeling faint from the flu? Is your cold causing you to collapse? Your infection is the most likely cause, and, according to a new study by UC Santa Barbara research scientist Ryan Hechinger, it may be possible to know just how much energy your bugs are taking from you. His findings are published in a recent issue of The American Naturalist. (2013-07-02)

Encouraging scientists to collaborate on the tropics
'The changing nature of collaboration in tropical ecology and conservation,' recently published in Biotropica, investigates collaboration among scientists, researchers, and other figures whose work advances the field of tropical ecology. (2018-09-10)

Yale Journal examines advances in complex adaptive systems and industrial ecology
In a special new issue, Yale's Journal of Industrial Ecology illustrates how the field is increasingly turning to complexity science for tools and insights in its pursuit of reduced environmental impacts. (2015-05-11)

U of Minnesota research reveals critical role of evolutionary processes in species coexistence
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, addressing long-standing conflicts in ecology and evolutionary science, has provided key directions for the future of community ecology. (2009-05-21)

Life in the fast lane: USU ecologist says dispersal ability linked to plants' life cycles
Utah State University ecologist Noelle Beckman says seed dispersal is an essential, yet overlooked, process of plant demography, but it's difficult to empirically observe, measure and assess its full influence. (2018-06-17)

New study sheds light on the ecology of investors in financial markets
Researchers from the University of Turku, Finland, and the University of Palermo, Italy, studied the similarity of investment decisions in the financial market and how the investment strategies used by the investors influence the volatility of the markets by using an exceptionally large set of empirical data. The results help in understanding the operation of financial markets and shed light on the connection of earlier theories to the actual stock market. (2018-08-14)

Large-scale environmental variation affects reproduction and survival of plants
A new analysis looks at how rates of reproduction and survival of 26 shrub species with fire-dependent life cycles in the Cape Floristic Region in South Africa respond to environmental variation. (2016-02-22)

Springer author Alan Hastings wins Robert H. MacArthur Award
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has given the Robert H. MacArthur Award to Alan Hastings for outstanding ecological achievement. He is distinguished for the breadth, quality and impact of his scientific articles, many of which have become classics. Publishing over 170 peer-reviewed papers on topics ranging from metapopulation theory to conservation biology, Hastings's research has launched new subfields. (2006-10-05)

Carnegie's Joe Berry elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
Joseph A. Berry, at Carnegie's Department of Global Ecology, has been elected a 2009 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. The honor is bestowed on those who (2009-01-29)

Frontiers launches new open-access journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Swiss open-access publisher and research network, Frontiers, part of the Nature Publishing Group family, announces the launch of its journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. (2013-11-29)

How fungus-farming ants could help solve our antibiotic resistance problem
For the last 60 million years, fungus-growing ants have farmed fungi for food. In their cultivation of those fungi, they've successfully relied on bacteria-produced antimicrobial ingredients to protect their crops from other species of parasitic fungi. Now, researchers reporting in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution say they are looking to these ants to find new ways to stop or slow the evolution of antibiotic resistance that now presents a threat to modern medicine. (2019-09-26)

The Future of the Amazon
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and the World Wildlife Fund-US will sponsor a half-day symposium entitled:The Future of the Amazon: Impacts of Deforestation and Climate Change (2002-01-21)

How do land-use changes affect the spread of diseases between animals and people?
Most new viruses and other pathogens that arise in humans are transmitted from other animals, as in the case of the virus that causes COVID-19. A recent review published in Mammal Review examines how changes in land-use--such as deforestation, urbanization, and conversion to agriculture--have affected such transmission. (2020-06-03)

2 Springer authors win important awards from the Ecological Society of America
The Springer authors Monica Turner and Stuart Chapin will receive two prestigious awards from the Ecological Society of America. Turner is the winner of this year's Robert H. MacArthur Award presented for outstanding ecological achievement. Chapin is given the Sustainability Science Award for his paper (2008-07-29)

Carnegie's Chris Field receives Max Planck Research Prize
Christopher Field, the founding director of Carnegie's Department of Global Ecology has been awarded one of Germany's most prestigious prizes, the Max Planck Research Prize with Markus Reichstein (2013-07-09)

Mellon awards Carnegie Grant for Ecological Monitoring in South Africa
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a $750,000 grant to the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology for an intensive pilot study of ecosystem diversity in South Africa' Kruger National Park. This research will contribute to the park's (2007-10-29)

Tropical forests and climate change focus of book
A University of California, Riverside associate professor has co-edited a just-published book on how tropical forests are responding to climate change. (2016-04-07)

Yale-based Journal of Industrial Ecology awards first-ever 'Graedel Prize'
The new Graedel Prize honors the best papers by a junior and senior author published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology. (2015-04-23)

Avoiding virus dangers in 'domesticating' wild plants for biofuel use
In our ongoing quest for alternative energy sources, researchers are looking more to plants that grow in the wild for use in biofuels -- plants such as switchgrass. (2013-02-15)

Machine Learning techniques and the future of Ecology and Earth Science Research
Increasingly becoming a necessity in Ecology and Earth Science research, handling complex data can be a tough nut when traditional statistical methods are applied. As its first publication, the new technologically-advanced Open Access journal One Ecosystem features a review paper describing the benefits of using machine learning technologies when working with highly-dimensional and non-linear data. (2016-06-27)

High time to open up ecological research
Share code and data behind the research please. It's easy, but it will have a major positive impact on progress and trust in science. That is the clear message from a new paper in PLOS Biology. An international team of ecologists found that currently, only about a quarter of the scientific papers in their field publicly shares computer code for analyses. ''To make the science of ecology more transparent and reproducible, sharing is urgently needed.'' (2020-07-29)

The unique challenges of conserving forest giants
The redwood and sequoia trees in California, the baobab trees in Madagascar, and the rose gum Eucalyptus trees in northeastern Australia are only a few of the spectacular large, old trees still growing today. Protecting these trees, some hundreds or thousands of years old, requires thinking long-term about concerns such as their unique habitat needs and the impacts of climate change, researchers write in a Forum published April 22 in Trends in Ecology & Evolution. (2016-04-22)

Old-school literature search helps ecologist identify puzzling parasite
A months-long literature search that involved tracking down century-old scientific papers and translating others from Czech and French helped University of Michigan ecologist Meghan Duffy answer a question she'd wondered about for years. (2015-06-23)

Catastrophic shift in species diversity and productivity of an ecosystem
Ecology and environmental management is predicated on ecosystems responding to environmental changes in a smooth and straightforward way. However, in Ecology Letters, May, Schmitz reports on a long-term field experiment that prompting a critical look at this view. The study provides a cautionary tale that ecosystem management which alters predator abundances even slightly may cause dramatic and irreversible shifts in the productivity and diversity of ecosystems. (2004-05-04)

Conservation goals compete at the expense of biodiversity
With an ever-growing list of threats facing biodiversity on multiple scales, conservationists struggle to determine which to address. A common reaction is to prioritize their efforts on threats to individual species or management areas, but researchers say this narrow-minded approach is detrimental to the overall goal of saving species and ecosystems worldwide. Instead, in an article published May 23 in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution, they say large-scale, long-term collaboration is the answer. (2019-05-23)

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