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Jurassic Records Warn Of Risk From Global Warming On Marine Life
2013-02-19 14:08:45

Plymouth University Researchers at Plymouth University, UK, believe that findings from fieldwork along the North Yorkshire coast reveal strong parallels between the Early Jurassic era of 180 million years ago and current climate predictions over the next century. Through geology and palaeontology, they've shown how higher temperatures and lower oxygen levels caused drastic changes to marine communities, and that while the Jurassic seas eventually recovered from the effects of global...

Other Plants Survive Harsh Environments With Help From Cushion Plants
2013-02-19 10:09:53

University of Gothenburg Alpine cushion plants help other plants in harsh mountain environments to survive. This is shown by new research involving researchers from the University of Gothenburg, the results of which are now being publishing in the highly respected journal Ecology Letters. Cushion plants are a type of plant found in areas such as Arctic environments, and are characterized by their distinctive, round, cushion-like shape. A new study highlights the strong interaction...

2013-02-18 23:02:23

The Journal of Parasitology presents a study featuring a new method of identifying parasites in various fish species. The results allow researches to identify known parasites in a similar fish species to estimate parasite compatibility with the host they are studying. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) February 18, 2013 The Journal of Parasitology — We can learn a lot about fish from their parasites. One population of fish, for instance, might be distinguished from another of the same species by...

2013-02-15 23:02:31

Rocket21 (the youth social network where kids explore amazing possibilities for their lives and futures) and Turner Endangered Species Fund (supporting endangered species conservation efforts) honored engineering students at Woodland Park, CO High School with a “Dream Big in the Wild” special event on Wednesday, February 13th. San Francisco and Bozeman, MT. (PRWEB) February 15, 2013 Rocket21 (the youth social network where kids explore amazing possibilities for their lives and...

World Reptile Populations Critically Threatened Says New Report
2013-02-15 14:49:21

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) warns that not only are a large number of reptile species in danger of becoming extinct, there is also a severe lack of data on the conservation status of many reptiles around the world. According to the report, about one in five reptiles is currently endangered, and 12 percent are classified as ℠critically endangered.´ The research team, which included scientists from...

2013-02-13 17:38:44

A new discovery promises to allow expanded use of a mainstay biological pest control method, which avoids the health, environmental and pest-resistance concerns of traditional insecticides, scientists are reporting. The advance toward broadening applicability of the so-called sterile insect technique (SIT) appears in the journal ACS Synthetic Biology. Luke Alphey and colleagues explain that the Lepidoptera, a large family of insects with a caterpillar stage, cause widespread damage...

Studying Ancient Insects Opens The Window On Biodiversity
2013-02-13 14:29:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Global climate has shifted countless times during the course of Earth´s history and a group of Canadian scientists has found the biodiversity patterns of today´s tropical mountain regions were present in British Columbia about 50 million years ago. According to the team´s report in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, their findings confirm a theory about modern species diversity across mountain ranges, and...

Colorado Aspens Destroyed By Hotter Temperatures
2013-02-12 09:23:19

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two brothers at the Carnegie Institution for Science have undertaken the study of the widespread die-off of Colorado aspen trees. Their most recent study, published online in the journal Global Change Biology, follows on the heels of a previous study they did. Their last study explored two competing theories for how forest trees tend to die off in drought conditions. The first theory suggested that trees actually starved to death...

2013-02-11 16:34:42

Biodiversity statistics reveal mixed results in Court makeup Although the current Supreme Court has been criticized for its lack of diversity on the bench, the Court is actually more diverse overall today than ever in history, according to a new study that borrows statistical methods from ecology to reveal a more precise picture of diversity. The study, which appears in the online edition of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, examines seven categories of diversity for every Supreme...

ESA’s GlobWetland II Project Monitors Wetlands For Sustainable Water Management
2013-02-08 14:00:04

ESA Wetlands play a major role in the availability and quality of water, containing most of the water used to meet human needs. ESA´s GlobWetland II project is helping Mediterranean countries to monitor these precious resources. Located within the Nile River Delta, Egypt´s Lake Burullus has undergone major changes in the past 40 years. Urban settlements have flourished around the lake, and from 1973 to 1990 the area saw a sharp increase in aquaculture. As a result of...


Latest Ecology Reference Libraries

Sequoia slender salamander, Batrachoseps kawia
2014-02-06 10:04:58

The Sequoia slender salamander (Batrachoseps kawia) is a member of the Plethodontidae family. The species is native to California, ranging the western Sierra Mountains in California and the Kaweah River in Tulare County, California. The Sequoia slender salamander inhabits deciduous woodlands, mossy green areas and coniferous forests. The Sequoia slender salamander typically reaches lengths between 1.3 to 1.8 inches long from snout to vent.  As its common name implies, its small, slim body...

San Gabriel slender salamander, Batrachoseps gabrieli
2014-02-06 09:49:23

The San Gabriel slender salamander (Batrachoseps gabrieli) is a member of the Plethodontidae family of salamander species. The species is native to California and it is found ranging from the San Gabriel Canyon, in the eastern San Gabriel Mountains to Kimbark and Waterman Canyon in the extreme western San Bernardino Mountains. The San Gabriel slender salamander grows to lengths between 1.5 and 2 inches. As its name implies, its small, slim body gives this salamander an almost wormlike...

Garden slender salamander
2014-01-28 09:52:54

The Garden slender salamander (Batrachoseps major) is a member of the Plethodontidae family. The species is native to southern California and Mexico. The Sequoia slender salamander inhabits coastal sage scrub and woodlands, coniferous forests and rocky slopes. The species may also be found in common suburban gardens. The Garden slender salamander typically reaches lengths between 1.2 to 2.3 inches long from snout to vent. Its tail may measure almost 40% of its entire length. As its common...

Black-bellied Slender Salamander, Batrachoseps nigriventris
2014-01-17 15:33:18

The Black-bellied slender salamander (Batrachoseps nigriventris) is a member of the Plethodontidae family. The species is native to California. The slender salamander often inhabits oak woodlands. The species may also be found in mountains, stream surroundings and grasslands. The Black-bellied slender salamander ranges specifically throughout the mountains and valleys of the coast range from southern Monterey County south to the Santa Ana Mountains, including the Tehachapi, Santa Monica...

India Shoebutton Ardisia, Ardisia elliptica
2014-01-17 14:57:17

Ardisia elliptica is an evergreen tree species. The plant is a member of the Myrsinaceae family. It may also be commonly referred to as the Shoebutton ardisia. A. elliptica is a tropical shrub that can grow up to a height of 16 feet. Natural plants growing in forest habitats are recognized by a single stem producing short, perpendicular branches. The leaves are long, leathery and green. Inflorescences or flower clusters are grown in the leaf axils of the branches leaves. Flowers have light...

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