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November 26, 2015

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November 26, 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

Nov. 23, 2015 — The Persian dwarf snake is wrongly classified as one species, scientists say. New research shows it is composed of six different species, a finding which might be important for the conservation of ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — A previously unknown anthropoid primate -- a forerunner of today's monkeys, apes and humans -- has been found in Libya. Researchers have dubbed their new find Apidium ... read more

Beavers Restore Dead Wood in Boreal Forests

Nov. 23, 2015 — Beavers create significant amounts of dead wood into the lowland shore forests of boreal wetlands, research shows. Particularly snags and deciduous dead wood are formed through the beavers' ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — The warming of arctic waters in the wake of climate change is likely to produce radical changes in the marine habitats of the High North. This is indicated by data from long-term observations in the ... read more

To Feed or Not to Feed: Researchers Engage Citizen Scientists in Reducing Bird-Window Collisions

Nov. 19, 2015 — Getting in touch with nature in an urbanized world can be as simple as putting a bird feeder in your backyard. However, what are the potential consequences of this act? Bird-window collisions are one ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Piping plovers, a federally threatened species of shorebirds, are likely losing wetland breeding habitat in the Great Plains as a result of wetland drainage, climate change or ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — The complete genetic makeup of a species of ecologically important algae, which may aid in biofuel production, has been sequenced by scientists. This is only the second time that researchers have ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — Bubbling high concentrations of carbon dioxide into water is a deterrent to invasive Asian carp adults, researchers know. The gas makes them feel 'woozy' and they choose to swim away. New ... read more

Low-Oxygen 'Dead Zones' in North Pacific Linked to Past Ocean-Warming Events

Nov. 18, 2015 — A new study has found a link between abrupt ocean warming at the end of the last ice age and the sudden onset of low-oxygen, or hypoxic conditions that led to vast marine dead ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — Farmers can maintain high yields and boost nature by signing up to a wildlife-friendly scheme, new research suggests. The research suggests that some government schemes designed to encourage farmers ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — Scientists have recently published a research article that examines the existing distribution of conservation easements in the Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachians, an ancient series of mountains ... read more

Every Species Counts: Value of Biodiversity Is Particularly High in Poor Environmental Conditions

Nov. 17, 2015 — The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning greatly depends on the prevalent environmental conditions. An interdisciplinary team consisting of microbiologists and ecological ... 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. 17, 2015 — Are we loving wild animals to death? Scientists analyzed 75 studies conducted over the last half-century of 212 animal species -- mostly birds, but also mammals and lizards -- in areas with large ... read more

Half the World's Natural History Specimens May Have the Wrong Name

Nov. 16, 2015 — As many as 50 percent of all natural history specimens held in the world's museums could be wrongly named, according to a new ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — The primary way that researchers know anything about the distribution of species in the natural world is via the specimen collections housed in museums all around the world. As a result, tremendous ... read more

Bird Decline Shows That Climate Change Is More Than Just Hot Air

Nov. 16, 2015 — Scientists have long known that birds are feeling the heat due to climate change. However, a new study of a dozen affected species in the Western Cape suggests their decline is more complex than ... read more

Nov. 13, 2015 — Melting glaciers are causing a loss of species diversity among benthos in the coastal waters off the Antarctic Peninsula, impacting an entire seafloor ecosystem. This has been verified in the course ... read more

How DNA and a Supercomputer Can Help Sustain Honey Bee Populations

Nov. 13, 2015 — To uncover what plants honey bees rely on, researchers are applying DNA metabarcoding to pollen analysis. A new method uses three loci to characterize pollen samples collected by honey bees. This ... read more

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