Parasitic worms in your shellfish lead a creepy but popular lifestyle

Mud blister worms make their homes in the shells of oysters and other shellfish, where they weaken their hosts.

Andrew David, Assistant Professor of Biology, Clarkson University • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biology shellfish worms calcium-carbonate aquaculture food-webs ecosystems invasive-species parasites zoology scallops abalone larvae

Warming Arctic nudges wolf spiders to cannibalism

To compete in a warming Arctic, wolf spiders get bigger, reproduce more, and eat different foods—including other spiders.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change arctic ecosystems spiders featured earth-and-environment

Here’s the right way to move a group of giraffes

Conservationists often translocate giraffes to establish new populations. Two new studies offer insight on what's needed to best ensure success.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
March 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation ecosystems earth-and-environment genetic-diversity

Soft coral survivors can’t replace stony coral decline

Soft corals in the US Virgin Islands recovered from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017, but stony corals haven't—and one species can’t just replace the other.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change conservation coral-reefs oceans ecosystems featured earth-and-environment

Soft coral survivors can’t replace stony coral decline

Soft corals in the US Virgin Islands recovered from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017, but stony corals haven't—and one species can’t just replace the other.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change conservation coral-reefs oceans ecosystems featured earth-and-environment

Huge ecosystems could collapse in less than 50 years – new study

Our findings have worrying implications for the functioning of our planet.

Simon Willcock, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geography, Bangor University • conversation
March 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  ecology  tipping-points  ecosystems

This coral reef is super resilient. Here’s the plan to save it

Red Sea coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba withstand water temperature irregularities that decimate other corals. It's time to save them, say researchers.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
March 10, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change conservation ecosystems earth-and-environment corals

Fishing targets the ‘super-urinators’ that ecosystems need

Certain fish are super-urinators, meaning that they contribute more nitrogen to the ecosystem. Unfortunately, they're also prize catches.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
March 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation fish fishing nitrogen ecosystems earth-and-environment urine fertilizer

Predator overlap keeps prey from getting out of control

Sea urchins boomed after a mysterious disease decimated sea stars off the California coast. Researchers say it shows how redundancy can protect ecosystems.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Feb. 13, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: conservation ecosystems science-and-technology predators starfish

Conserving Earth’s ‘giants’ has outsize impact

New findings show the value of preserving Earth's giants, such as elephants, whales, and sequoias.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Feb. 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation ecosystems earth-and-environment

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