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November 24, 2015

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November 24, 2015

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. 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

Do We Need a National Movement on the Microbiome?

Nov. 2, 2015 — The American Gastroenterological Association applauds the call for a formal approach to understanding microbial communities critical to all ecosystems, particularly the human ... read more

Some Like It Hot: Moth and Butterfly Species Respond Differently to Climate Change

Oct. 30, 2015 — New research led by ecologists shows that certain species of moths and butterflies are becoming more common, and others rarer, as species differ in how they respond to climate ... read more

Everglades' Alligator Numbers Drop After Dry Years

Oct. 30, 2015 — Alligators and the Everglades go hand-in-hand, and as water conditions change in the greater Everglades ecosystem, gators are one of the key species that could be ... read more

Oct. 30, 2015 — Across Africa, lion populations are threatened by continued reductions in their range and associated genetic isolation. A new study published this month in Landscape Ecology shows that strategic ... read more

Oct. 29, 2015 — Recent evolutionary changes for the fruit fly known as the 'apple maggot' is having a domino effect on three predatory wasp species, researchers have ... read more

Oct. 29, 2015 — When a river receives waste water from a treatment plant, the plant's efficiency is revealed. A new study group has observed that the waste water from treatment plants significantly influences ... read more

Mummified Seals Reveal Ecological Impact of Ice Change

Oct. 29, 2015 — Scientists are using the mummified remains of seals freeze-dried in Antarctica to examine the long-term effects of changing ice patterns on marine mammal ecology. Recent work examined over five ... read more

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