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Climate Change Is Having Major Impact On Biodiversity
2012-12-20 14:38:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Global warming is causing plant and animal species to alter their geographic ranges and the timing of key life events such as migrating, flowering, or laying eggs -- a shift that could adversely impact biodiversity as well as ecosystems, a new government report has revealed. The range and timing-related changes are occurring faster now that they were just a few years ago, report the authors of "Impacts of Climate Change on...

Method To Predict Environmental Collapse Created By Scientists
2012-11-19 13:55:37

University of Southampton Scientists at the University of Southampton are pioneering a technique to predict when an ecosystem is likely to collapse, which may also have potential for foretelling crises in agriculture, fisheries or even social systems. The researchers have applied a mathematical model to a real world situation, the environmental collapse of a lake in China, to help prove a theory which suggests an ecosystem 'flickers', or fluctuates dramatically between healthy and...

2012-09-24 22:13:25

Collective decision-making proves more efficient than individual selection Scientists at Arizona State University have discovered that ants utilize a strategy to handle "information overload." Temnothorax rugatulus ants, commonly found living in rock crevices in the Southwest, place the burden of making complicated decisions on the backs of the entire colony, rather than on an individual ant. In a study published in the early, online version of scientific journal Current Biology,...

The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse Are Saddling Up
2012-06-07 12:17:11

Michael Crumbliss Twenty years ago scientists met at the Earth Summit in Rio to examine the climate and ecology of the Earth and man´s impacts. Two decades later 17 prominent ecologists have released a paper summarizing the evidence of the 1000´s of ecological studies undertaken in since 1992. In short they decided that the evidence is overwhelming and consistent. The danger of a catastrophic ecological crash is looming and is far more immediate than previously believed. In...

2011-09-02 12:00:14

Unleash your inner explorer and accompany USC geobiologist Katrina Edwards as she embarks on an ocean adventure this month – by reading her blog. The blog´s first post can be found online at the Scientific American website at http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/expeditions/2011/08/30/introducing-expedition-336-at-north-pond/. Edwards and her colleague Wolfgang Bach of Bremen University will co-lead a team of more than 100 scientists and support crew for the Center for Dark...

2011-08-10 22:54:17

From the kinds that people sneeze at, to the kinds that have prickly seeds that stick to pant legs, there are many different types of plants in grasslands around the world. According to a new analysis of plants in grassland ecosystems around the world, it turns out that most of those plant species are important. Brian Wilsey, associate professor, and Stanley Harpole, assistant professor, both in Iowa State University's Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, are authors...

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...

2011-04-01 10:30:00

BOSTON, April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thomas H. Kunz, Warren Distinguished Professor and director of Boston University's Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology, and a team of researchers, including Elizabeth Braun de Torrez, graduate student in BU's Department of Biology; Dana M. Bauer, assistant professor in BU's Department of Geography and Environment; Tatyana Lobova, assistant professor in Old Dominion University's Department of Biology; and Theodore H. Fleming, emeritus...

2011-03-25 11:56:09

In 1964 biologist William Hamilton introduced Inclusive Fitness Theory to predict and explain phenomena ranging from animal behavior to patterns of gene expression. With its many successes, the theory became a cornerstone for modern biology. In August, 2010, Harvard researchers challenged the theory in the prestigious journal, Nature. Now Nature has published sharp rebuttals from scores of scientists, including Edward Allen Herre and William Wcislo, staff scientists at the Smithsonian...


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