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 | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~9 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology conservation ecosystems 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 | Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation ecosystems

Giant kelp show the value of foundation species

A wealth of data on giant kelp affirms that foundation species are key to the function of ecosystem.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Jan. 30, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity ecosystems

‘Green’ schools may put kids in touch with environment

'Green' school buildings can serve as 3D textbooks, researchers say, to help kids better understand how their actions affect the environment.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri | Jan. 30, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment ecosystems education sustainability

Can snails save coffee from fungus? It’s a risky idea

Coffee rust is a huge problem, but an invasive snail seems to eat its spores off leaves. Scientists say it's a potential strategy, but isn't without risks.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Jan. 23, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured science-and-technology agriculture coffee ecosystems food invasive-species latin-america mollusks puerto-rico

Seabird die-off ‘has no precedent’

"The blob" is responsible for an unprecedented seabird die-off from California to Alaska in 2015 and 2016, say researchers who studied the common murres.

Michelle Ma-Washington | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured birds climate-change conservation ecosystems fish oceans temperature

Focus on new ‘umbrella’ species could save more Aussie animals

The Australian government could improve its conservation efforts by focusing on "umbrella" species like the koala.

U. Queensland | Jan. 8, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment australia biodiversity conservation ecosystems endangered-species

Mammals still deal with what ancient humans did

"Our study shows that mammal biodiversity in the tropics and subtropics today is still being shaped by ancient human events and climate changes."

Jade Boyd-Rice | Dec. 18, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity climate-change ecosystems mammals

Turing pattern explains coffee farm ants, leopard spots

"The same equations that Turing used for chemistry, we can use in ecology." Here's how they apply to the complex ecosystems on coffee farms.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan | Dec. 13, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology agriculture ants coffee ecosystems insects patterns

Hunting elephants is really bad for termites

A tiny termite might see an elephant's foot as a threat but losing herbivores to hunting may cause even more problems for them.

Jeff Falk-Rice | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment africa conservation ecosystems insects rainforests termites

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