Restoring former prairies that have been plowed under for farming delivers land, wildlife and climate benefits. But a new study finds that the weather plays a surprising role.
June 5, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: climate-change ecology rainfall prairies grasslands ecosystem-recovery weather us-midwest weeds precipitation native-plants restoration-ecology
The COVID-19 pandemic is interrupting scientific field work across North America, leaving blank spots in important data sets and making it harder to track ecological change.
May 19, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: climate-change covid-19 biology nature ecology coronavirus-2020 wildlife ducks phenology massachusetts migratory-birds colorado thoreau field-research
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill caused widespread damage in the Gulf of Mexico, but some parts of this complex ecosystem fared better than others.
April 16, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: ecology fisheries oil deepwater-horizon gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill gulf-of-mexico offshore-drilling marshes estuaries oil-spills
That smell you detect after it rains is part of a chemical language between bacteria and animals.
April 8, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: bacteria soil ecology antibiotics chemical-compounds invertebrates
Committing to aggressive conservation efforts could rebuild ocean habitats and species populations in a few decades.
Tags: sustainability climate-change environment climate pollution policy ecology graduate research government computational-biology school-of-science 3-questions oceanography-and-ocean-engineering eaps postdoctoral
If we are not careful, the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a rise in xenophobic attitudes.
April 2, 2020 • ~16 min
Tags: dna evolution genetics environment psychology ecology lifes-big-questions racism bigotry xenophobia
The value that bats provide to humans by pollinating crops and eating insects is far greater than harm from virus transmission – which is mainly caused by human actions.
March 24, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus mammals ecology coronavirus-2020 viruses pollinators bats endangered-species zoonotic-diseases
On one of the world's most remote islands, a species of duck has learned to scavenge on dead seals.
Tags: ecology ducks wildlife-conservation south-georgia james-cook captain-cook captain-james-cook
While many plant species fail to germinate, some mammals may wake up to a landscape devoid of prey.
Tags: climate-change ecology winter spring uk-wildlife winter-weather
Our findings have worrying implications for the functioning of our planet.
March 10, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: climate-change ecology tipping-points ecosystems
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