COVID-19 is eroding scientific field work – and our knowledge of how the world is changing

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.

Casey Setash, PhD student in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change biology wildlife colorado ecology nature ducks phenology massachusetts thoreau migratory-birds field-research coronavirus-2020 covid-19

Environmental regulations likely to be first casualties in post-pandemic recovery

As governments race to revive economic growth, expect a bonfire of green tape.

Meinhard Doelle, Professor of Law, Dalhousie University • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: wildlife coronavirus environmental-regulation green-tape covid-19

Reports of UK roadkill down two-thirds – but will hedgehogs thrive after lockdown?

Road networks are emptying during lockdown. What does it mean for wildlife now and in the future?

Lauren Moore, PhD Candidate in Road Ecology, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: pandemic traffic coronavirus roads hedgehogs uk-wildlife covid-19 lockdown

You're not going far from home – and neither are the animals you spy out your window

With careful observation, you can start to recognize that one sassy squirrel or the cardinal pair who call your neighborhood home.

Julian Avery, Assistant Research Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: wildlife birds lizards habitat birdwatching squirrels rabbits wildlife-ecology urban-wildlife migratory-birds bird-watching

What are Asian giant hornets, and are they really dangerous? 5 questions answered

Are 'murder hornets' from Asia invading North America? A Japanese entomologist who's been stung by one and lived to tell the tale explains what's true about these predatory insects.

Akito Y Kawahara, Associate Professor and Curator of Insects, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: agriculture japan wildlife invasive-species insects asia entomology pollinators honeybees wild-bees

Lockdown isn’t good news for all wildlife – many animals rely on humans for survival

What a hungry Red kite tells us about human-animal relationships.

Ben Garlick, Lecturer in Human Geography, York St John University • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: wildlife birds goats nature animals environment covid-19

Endangered tigers face growing threats from an Asian road-building boom

A new study forecasts that thousands of miles of new road construction will cut through tiger habitat across Asia by 2050. Planning can make these projects more tiger-friendly.

Neil Carter, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Conservation, University of Michigan • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: china wildlife planning infrastructure india asia endangered-species wildlife-conservation poaching habitat roads wildlife-corridors habitat-fragmentation belt-and-road-initiative tigers

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

Tags: conservation reproduction oceans wildlife sharks endangered-species marine-biology scientists-at-work tagging tiger-sharks women-scientists satellite-data the-bahamas

Coronavirus: three misconceptions about how animals transmit diseases debunked

Zoonotic diseases can emerge closer to home than you realise.

Olivier Restif, Alborada Lecturer in Epidemiology, University of Cambridge • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: wildlife zoonotic-diseases pathogens coronavirus ebola bird-flu bush-meat wet-markets covid-19 zoonotic-viruses

Coronavirus: three misconceptions about how wildlife transmit diseases debunked

Zoonotic diseases can emerge closer to home than you realise.

Olivier Restif, Alborada Lecturer in Epidemiology, University of Cambridge • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: wildlife zoonotic-diseases pathogens coronavirus ebola bird-flu bush-meat wet-markets covid-19 zoonotic-viruses

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