Scientists at work: New recordings of ultrasonic seal calls hint at sonar-like abilities

Microphones on the seafloor recorded life under the Antarctic ice for two years – inadvertently catching seal trills and chirps that are above the range of human hearing. Could they be for navigation?

Lisa Munger, Instructor of Natural Sciences, University of Oregon • conversation
Feb. 9, 2021 ~9 min

Scientists at work: Sloshing through marshes to see how birds survive hurricanes

Birds found along the Gulf Coast have evolved to ride out hurricanes and tropical storms. But with development degrading the marshes where they live, it's getting harder for them to bounce back.

Mark Woodrey, Assistant Research Professor, Mississippi State University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~9 min

Scientist at work: Trapping urban coyotes to see if they can be 'hazed' away from human neighborhoods

Biologists capture and collar coyotes in urban Los Angeles in order to study the effectiveness of 'hazing' as a wildlife management tool.

Niamh M. Quinn, Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~6 min

Scientists at work: Uncovering the mystery of when and where sharks give birth

Researchers are using a newly developed satellite tag to study previously unknown aspects of tiger shark reproduction. This approach could be used on other difficult-to-study shark species.

Hannah Verkamp, PhD Student in Marine Biology, Arizona State University • conversation
April 28, 2020 ~9 min

We tracked 300,000 trees only to find that rainforests are losing their power to help humanity

Scientists behind a major new study explain how they discovered these forests are becoming less able to sequester carbon.

Simon Lewis, Professor of Global Change Science at University of Leeds and, UCL • conversation
March 6, 2020 ~7 min

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