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February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017

Blood Ties Fuel Cooperation Among Species, Not Survival Instinct

Feb. 22, 2017 — Survival instinct does not influence species cooperative breeding decisions, a new study has found. Instead, it has found communal living and helping behavior, to be a natural result of monogamous ... read more

Winners, Losers Among Fish When Landscape Undergoes Change

Feb. 21, 2017 — As humans build roads, construct buildings and develop land for agriculture, freshwater ecosystems respond ? but not always in the ways one might ... read more

New Studies Quantify the Impacts of Water Use on Diversity of Fish and Aquatic Insects in NC Streams

Feb. 21, 2017 — The health of fish and aquatic insects could be significantly affected by withdrawals of fresh water from the rivers and streams across North Carolina according to a new scientific ... read more

Prides, Protection and Parks: Africa's Protected Areas Can Support Four Times as Many Lions

Feb. 21, 2017 — Africa's protected parks and reserves are capable of supporting three to four times as many wild lions if well funded and managed, according to a new report. The study shows that populations of ... read more

Winners and Losers: Climate Change Will Shift Vegetation

Feb. 21, 2017 — Projected global warming will likely decrease the extent of temperate drylands by one-third over the remainder of the 21st century coupled with an increase in dry deep soil conditions during ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Professor is studying how a variety of marine organisms are responding to changes in their environment. Focusing on reef-building corals and other shelled creatures that are threatened by increasing ... read more

Feb. 20, 2017 — Warming seawaters, caused by climate change and extreme climatic events, threaten the stability of tropical coral reefs, with potentially devastating implications for many reef species and the human ... read more

Those Who Help Each Other Can Invade Harsher Environments

Feb. 20, 2017 — Through cooperation, animals are able to colonize harsher living environments that would otherwise be inaccessible, according to a new study. The research community has long believed this was the ... read more

More Warm-Dwelling Animals and Plants as a Result of Climate Change

Feb. 20, 2017 — Since 1980, populations of warm-dwelling species in Germany have increased. The trend is particularly strong among warm-dwelling terrestrial species, as shown by the most comprehensive study across ... read more

Feb. 20, 2017 — The winter habits of Britain's basking sharks have been revealed for the first time. Scientists have discovered some spend their winters off Portugal and North Africa, some head to the Bay of ... read more

Maize Study Finds Genes That Help Crops Adapt to Change

Feb. 20, 2017 — A new study analyzed close to 4,500 maize varieties to identify more than 1,000 genes driving large-scale adaptation to the ... read more

Speciation Is Not All About Good Looks: For Stick Insects, the Right Partner Should Smell Good Too

Feb. 17, 2017 — An attractive scent is just as important as good looks when it comes to choosing a mate -- at least among stick insect ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — New research provides compelling evidence that a group of strange-looking fish living near the mouth of the Congo River are evolving due to the intense hydraulics of the river's rapids and deep ... read more

Using Historical Herbarium Specimens to Track Heavy Metal Pollution in the Eastern United States

Feb. 17, 2017 — Plant specimens stored in herbaria are being used to explore important ecological questions. Researchers have now shown the effectiveness of herbarium specimens of herbaceous plants to track changes ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — A team of researchers has developed a new computer-assisted recognition system that can identify individual lemurs in the wild by their facial characteristics and ultimately help to build a database ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Researchers examine the life history of the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, revealing important local climate impacts on the snake that should be carefully weighed when developing conservation ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a new paper. The study looks at the evolutionary changes that are being caused by the way roads ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Seagrass meadows -- bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore and are the most common coastal ecosystem on Earth -- can reduce bacterial exposure for corals, other sea creatures and ... read more

Scientists Find Evidence of Alaskan Ecosystem Health in Harlequin Ducks

Feb. 16, 2017 — Harlequin Ducks in coastal areas of Alaska’s Kodiak and Unalaska islands are exposed to environmental sources of mercury and that mercury concentrations in their blood are associated with their ... read more

Biodiversity Can Promote Ecosystem Efficiency

Feb. 16, 2017 — Humans influence evolution. In the case of whitefish in Swiss lakes, one consequence of this is replacement of a diversity of specialized species by fewer generalists. A recent analysis now suggests ... read more

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