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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…[more]

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…[more]

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…[more]

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…[more]

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…[more]

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…[more]

Duke University


Hunting Bats Rely on ‘Bag of Chips Effect’

When bats hunt in groups at night, they rely on the sounds of their fellow bats to tip them off on the best places to a grab a good meal. Researchers reporting their findings in the Cell Press journal Current…[more]

Cell Press


Humans, Sparrows Make Sense of Sounds in Similar Ways

The song of the swamp sparrow—a grey-breasted bird found in wetlands throughout much of North America—is a simple melodious trill, repeated over and over again.

“It’s kind of like a harmonious police whistle,” said biologist Stephen Nowicki.

But according to…[more]

Duke University


MDC Talks Winter Turtle Power

As winter sets in, some of our wildlife, like turtles, seem to disappear. According to Bruce Henry, a natural history biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), turtles are still here, they just have ways of hiding away to…[more]

By Missouri Dept. of Conservation

Algae Blooms Create Their Own Favorable Conditions, New Study Finds

Fertilizers are known to promote the growth of toxic cyanobacterial blooms in freshwater and oceans worldwide, but a new multi-institution study shows the aquatic microbes themselves can drive nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in a combined one-two punch in lakes.


Dartmouth College

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