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November 30, 2015

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November 30, 2015

Lidar Scanning Can Help Identify Structurally Heterogeneous Forest Areas

Nov. 25, 2015 — The inequality of tree sizes in a forest is an important factor affecting its structure and ecology. Forest management practices favoring natural regeneration can result in greater heterogeneity and ... read more

Impact of Climate Change on Nutrient Load of Pike River Watershed

Nov. 17, 2015 — Using future climate change scenarios and water quality projections, experts found that sediment and the blue-green algae producing nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen are likely to increase in the ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — According to new research, a mass extinction 359 million years ago known as the Hangenberg event triggered a drastic and lasting transformation of Earth's vertebrate ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — The extinction of one carnivore species can trigger the demise of fellow predators, conservation biologists have confirmed. A ground-breaking study has backed up theories and previous laboratory ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — People feeding white ibises at public parks are turning the normally independent birds into beggars, and now researchers say it might also be helping spread disease. They recently launched a study to ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — The sensitivity of marine communities to ocean warming rather than rising ocean temperatures will have strong short-term impacts on biodiversity changes associated with global warming, according to ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — Evolutionary biologists have discovered that the oldest known nectar-drinking bat fossil, Palynephyllum antimaster, was probably ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — Cacao trees evolved around 10 million years ago, earlier than previously believed, new research shows. Considerable genetic variation might remain to be discovered among wild cacao populations, which ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — An analysis by sociologists of data on land use in Mato Grosso, Brazil's third largest state, reveals that a large proportion of deforestation, as well as remaining forest cover, can be found on ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — A new study identifies a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on. Together, the features ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — Almost every person has an appreciation for natural environments, suggests a new article. Authors note that most people find healthy or pristine locations with high biodiversity more beautiful and ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — Scientists have revealed new discoveries about how animal venom evolves. The research points to a 'two-speed' evolution of animal venom, showing for the first time the significant roles ... read more

Lakes Resist the Introduction of New Fish

Nov. 9, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new method of establishing how freshwater fish can defend themselves against an invasion of a new fish species. The method takes into account that resident species in a ... read more

Taking a Molecular Approach to Conserving Freshwater Biodiversity

Nov. 6, 2015 — Molecular ecologists have a key role to play in setting priorities for the conservation of aquatic biodiversity, according to a recent review ... read more

Study Offers Model to Predict How Microbiomes May Respond to Change

Nov. 5, 2015 — Scientists studying microbiomes have created a framework for predicting how the composition of these complex microbial communities may respond to changing ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — The vital ecosystem of bacteria in the human gut operates like a jungle, with competition between microbes helping maintain the stability necessary to keep us ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — New information about the diets of chimpanzees has been gained by scientists based on teeth remains. This is especially relevant because it provides objective data on behaviors revealed by diet that ... read more

Nov. 4, 2015 — The relatively rare, forest-dwelling fisher is increasingly becoming the innocent victim of illegal marijuana farms in forested lands in California. According to a recently published study, ... read more

Nov. 4, 2015 — Animals in the Ruaha National Park in Tanzania, East Africa, already dig waterholes during dry seasons even if water is still available in the riverbed. When the river dries up and the water stops ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — In a study comparing physical traits of female and male monarchs, researchers found that although female monarchs have smaller wings and smaller flight muscles than males, their wings are thicker and ... read more

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