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2011-08-10 20:20:02

Relocating species threatened by climate change is a radical and hotly debated strategy for maintaining biodiversity. In a paper published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers from CSIRO, University of Queensland and United States Geological Survey present a pragmatic decision framework for determining when, if ever, to move species in the face of climate change. "As our climate changes more rapidly than species can adapt or disperse, natural resource managers increasingly...

2011-08-08 09:10:50

"Macrosystems biology" funding supports predictive understanding of large-scale biological responses to climate, land-use change Biological sciences writ large, it might be called. To better detect, understand and predict the effects of climate and land-use change on organisms and ecosystems at regional to continental scales, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded 14 grants in "macrosystems biology." How will the biosphere respond to natural and human-induced changes...

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2011-07-26 05:00:00

A U.S. study said on Monday that climate change is likely to cause more frequent wildfires and may transform the forests and ecosystem of the iconic Yellowstone national park in the next few decades. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), said Yellowstone will be filled with open spaces, grasslands and forests populated by different kinds of fir trees and shrubs in the future. The study said that fires like the historic one in 1988 that ate up...

2011-07-15 09:21:00

Impacts include increases in infectious diseases and invasive species, as well as changes in soil, water, vegetation, and the atmosphere STONY BROOK, N.Y., July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Trophic Downgrading of Planet Earth," a review paper that will be published on July 15, 2011, in the journal Science, concludes that the decline of large predators and herbivores in all regions of the world is causing substantial changes to Earth's terrestrial, freshwater, and marine...

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2011-07-15 07:40:00

The worldwide decline of top predators, or "consumers", such as wolves, sharks and lions, is threatening to drive other species to extinction, an international team of 24 scientists reported on Thursday. The research shows for the first time the critical importance that large animals have within the world's ecosystem. "Until recently, large apex consumers were ubiquitous across the globe and had been for millions of years. The loss of these animals may be humankind's most pervasive influence...

2011-07-01 13:36:09

The world's largest database on plants' functional properties, or traits, has been pub-lished. Scientists compiled three million traits for 69,000 out of the world's ~300,000 plant species. The achievement rests on a worldwide collaboration of scientists from 106 re-search institutions. The initiative, known as TRY, is hosted at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena (Germany). Jointly coordinated with the University of Leipzig (Germany), IMBIV-CONICET (Argentina), Macquarie...

2011-06-27 16:30:00

Private landowners gain new revenue source by protecting, restoring imperiled ecosystems MADISON, Wis., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ecosystem market experts from Environmental Defense Fund will address a conference by the American Forest Foundation and World Resources Institute to examine success factors in ecosystem markets, a fast-growing opportunity for private landowners to gain a new revenue source by protecting and restoring imperiled ecosystems. The goal of the...

2011-06-15 22:19:57

A long-term study verifies multi-paddock grazing improves vegetation, soil health and animal production relative to continuous grazing in large-scale ranches, according to Texas AgriLife Research scientists. The study measured the impacts on vegetation and soils achieved by commercial ranchers who adapted management practices in response to changing circumstances to achieve desirable outcomes, said Dr. Richard Teague, AgriLife Research rangeland ecology and management scientist in Vernon. At...

2011-05-16 16:17:01

An ecosystem is like a great organism in that the species in it behave in a manner similar to the manner in which cells behave within the human body: the group forms a permanent entity, although the entities that form it are constantly being substituted. This is the conclusion that can be drawn from a theoretical study carried out by researchers at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M "“ Carlos III University of Madrid). These scientists have developed a mathematical model that...

2011-05-16 13:10:09

Money available for exploring problems important to Australian ecosystems Support is available from the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, a Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network facility, for teams of researchers and managers to explore questions and problems important to Australian ecosystems. There are three ACEAS funding categories:1. Working Groups: consist of no more than 15 scientists and managers who will use workshops as a tool for their successful...


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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
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This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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