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Researchers Introduce Macrosystems Approach to Study Stream Ecology


Kansas State University scientists and collaborators have developed a new method for studying a variety of streams—including tropical, prairie or forested streams—across continents.

Walter Dodds, university distinguished professor of biology, has led the researchers in creating the Stream Biome Gradient…[read further]

Kansas State University


Snack Attack: Bears Munch on Ants and Help Plants Grow


Tiny ants may seem like an odd food source for black bears, but the protein-packed bugs are a major part of some bears’ diets and a crucial part of the food web that not only affects other bugs, but plants…[read further]

Florida State University


Humanity Has Exceeded 4 of 9 ‘Planetary Boundaries’


An international team of researchers says climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, and altered biogeochemical cycles like phosphorus and nitrogen runoff have all passed beyond levels that put humanity in a “safe operating space.”

Civilization has crossed…[read further]

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Rainfall Can Release Aerosols


Ever notice an earthy smell in the air after a light rain? Now scientists at MIT believe they may have identified the mechanism that releases this aroma, as well as other aerosols, into the environment.

Using high-speed cameras, the researchers…[read further]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed as Threat to White Fringetree


The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), also known as EAB, is an invasive insect pest from Asia that has killed millions of trees in the United States and Canada and has caused billions of dollars of damage since it was…[read further]

Entomological Society of America


New Contaminants Found in Oil and Gas Wastewater


Duke University scientists have discovered high levels of two potentially hazardous contaminants, ammonium and iodide, in wastewater being discharged or spilled into streams and rivers from oil and gas operations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Levels of contamination were just…[read further]

Duke University

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