Seagrass meadows shrank by 92% in UK waters - restoring them could absorb carbon emissions and boost fish

Seagrass meadows are a powerful ally in the effort to slow climate change and reverse wildlife losses.

Peter JS Jones, Reader in Environmental Governance, UCL • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

Camera traps reveal new link between mammals, forests

Data scientists analyzed camera trap photos from 15 tropical rainforests to uncover a previously unknown relationship between the biodiversity of mammals and forests.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
yesterday ~7 min

Coral reef soundscapes rebounded after Hurricane Irma

Soundscapes of coral reef ecosystems can recover quickly from severe weather events such as Hurricane Irma in 2017, according to a new study.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Feb. 25, 2021 ~5 min

There’s a right amount of flux for kelp forest ecosystems

A new mathematical model describes the effects of severe storms on kelp forest ecosystems, particularly the seafloor communities.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Feb. 23, 2021 ~9 min

Human noise wreaks havoc on all kinds of ocean animals

Human-created noise can disrupt the behavior, physiology, reproduction, and ecosystems of whales and other ocean life. It can even lead to death.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Feb. 8, 2021 ~7 min

Nature: how do you put a price on something that has infinite worth?

People both for and against pricing biodiversity need to work together to protect the natural world.

Tom Oliver, Professor of Applied Ecology, University of Reading • conversation
Feb. 5, 2021 ~7 min

Invasive tawny crazy ants have an intense craving for calcium – with implications for their spread in the US

The spread of tawny crazy ants may be driven, in part, by their need for calcium.

Ryan Reihart, Teaching Assistant and Ph.D. Candidate of Ecology, University of Dayton • conversation
Jan. 21, 2021 ~5 min

Bumble bees in places with fewer flowers are sicker

Bumble bees in low-quality landscapes with fewer flowers and places for nesting have more diseases and parasites, researchers say.

Chuck Gill-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 7, 2021 ~7 min

Drowning salt marshes threaten coastal communities

Salt marshes act as barriers against storm surges and natural disasters for coastal communities. But rising sea levels are breaking them down.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~6 min

Grasshopper cages reveal trouble with shifting habitats

New research looks at what could happen to plant communities on alpine grasslands if grasshoppers from lower elevations settled there.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~6 min