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February 22, 2017

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February 22, 2017

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

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

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

Whale-Ship Collisions

Feb. 16, 2017 — Scientists and government officials met at the United Nations today to consider possible solutions to a global problem: how to protect whale species in their most important marine habitats that ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Overgrazing, loss of elephants from poaching and lack of fires have taken away food supplies for hirola -- a large antelope that specializes on ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — If degraded and logged areas of tropical forests are left to nature, the populations of certain endangered tree species are not able to recover. This applies in particular to trees with large fruit ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — A new study could prove significant in answering among the most enduring questions for ecologists: Why do species live where they do, and what are the factors that keep them there? The ranges of ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — As the old saying goes: "You can't put the genie back in the bottle." Nowhere is this more evident than with the spread of lionfish, an invasive, non-native species that is threatening ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — Both species diversity and habitat diversity are critical to understand the functioning of ecosystems, scientists have concluded in a new ... read more

Genes in Albino Orchids May Hold Clues to Parasitic Mechanism Used by Non-Photosynthetic Plants

Feb. 14, 2017 — How do plants give up photosynthesis and become parasites? A research team is using comprehensive analysis of gene expression in albino and green orchids to investigate the evolution of parasitic ... read more

Desert Songbirds May Face Expanding Threat of Lethal Dehydration

Feb. 13, 2017 — A new study of songbird dehydration and survival risk during heat waves in the desert Southwest suggests that some birds are at risk of lethal dehydration and mass die-offs when water is scarce, and ... read more

Impact of Climate Change on Mammals and Birds 'Greatly Underestimated'

Feb. 13, 2017 — Large numbers of threatened species have already been impacted by climate change, new research concludes. Alarmingly, this team of international researchers found evidence of observed responses to ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Biological invasions pose major threats to biodiversity, but little is known about how evolution might alter their impacts over time. Now, Rutgers University scientists have performed the first study ... read more

Bluebells May Fail to Flourish as Warmer Days Speed Start of Spring

Feb. 10, 2017 — Bluebells and some other spring flowers appear to be slipping out of sync with spring, as changes in seasonal temperatures alter the optimum time for them to come into leaf or flower, a new study has ... read more

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