Scientists at work: We use environmental DNA to monitor how human activities affect life in rivers and streams

Rivers are among among the most embattled ecosystems on Earth. Researchers are testing a new, inexpensive way to study river health by using eDNA to count the species that rivers harbor.

Emily S. Bernhardt, Professor of Biology, Duke University • conversation
Sept. 17, 2021 ~9 min

Scientists are using new satellite tech to find glow-in-the-dark milky seas of maritime lore

When conditions are just right in some parts of the Indian Ocean, a type of bacteria will multiply and start to glow. Satellites are helping scientists study these milky seas for the first time.

Steven D. Miller, Professor of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University • conversation
Aug. 26, 2021 ~9 min

From CRISPR to glowing proteins to optogenetics – scientists' most powerful technologies have been borrowed from nature

Three pioneering technologies have forever altered how researchers do their work and promise to revolutionize medicine, from correcting genetic disorders to treating degenerative brain diseases.

Marc Zimmer, Professor of Chemistry, Connecticut College • conversation
Aug. 5, 2021 ~9 min

Life in the deep freeze – the revolution that changed our view of glaciers forever

Glaciers aren't sterile wastelands – they're chock-full of microscopic life.

Jemma Wadham, Professor of Glaciology, University of Bristol • conversation
May 17, 2021 ~8 min

How the trees in your local park help protect you from disease

Invisible to the eye, the microbial life in the air around us can vary depending on our environment.

Ross Cameron, Senior Lecturer, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield • conversation
May 5, 2021 ~6 min

Water being pumped into Tampa Bay could cause a massive algae bloom, putting fragile manatee and fish habitats at risk

Harmful algae blooms are an increasing problem in Florida. Once nutrients are in the water to fuel them, little can be done to stop the growth, and the results can be devastating for marine life.

Larry Brand, Professor of Marine Biology and Ecology, University of Miami • conversation
April 8, 2021 ~8 min

Climate change threatens drinking water quality across the Great Lakes

Warmer waters, heavier storms and nutrient pollution are a triple threat to Great Lakes cities' drinking water. The solution: Cutting nutrient releases and installing systems to filter runoff.

Joseph D. Ortiz, Professor and Assistant Chair of Geology, Kent State University • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~11 min