In phenology, timing is everything
Jul02

In phenology, timing is everything

— a brief overview of how to study climate change through plant sex, and what to do if your greatest scientific mentor and collaborator dies half a century before you are born. Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, a PhD candidate in ecology at Boston University, is the runner-up for this year’s Science Cafe Prize. She took a technical topic, made it personal, and bridged history in words and pictures. We liked her image so much that we...

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Lisa Schulte Moore’s agro-ecology pitch takes the ESA2013 Science Cafe Prize
Jul01

Lisa Schulte Moore’s agro-ecology pitch takes the ESA2013 Science Cafe Prize

Lisa Schulte Moore won the inaugural ESA2013 Science Cafe Prize with her vision for change in modern agriculture based on ecological knowledge and experimentation. Schulte Moore, a professor of landscape ecology at Iowa State University, will speak at the Aster Cafe on the riverfront in Minneapolis, Minnesota during ESA’s annual meeting in August. Read her winning entry below! Want to stem biodiversity loss, enhance fresh water...

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Declining fortunes of Yellowstone’s migratory elk
Jun26

Declining fortunes of Yellowstone’s migratory elk

Are human choices redefining the fitness of an ancient survival strategy? Eighteen ecologists weigh in on new data in a forum in Ecology. By Liza Lester, ESA communications officer In the late spring, the roughly 4000 elk of the Clarks Fork herd leave crowded winter grounds near Cody, Wyoming, following the greening grass into the highlands of the Absaroka Mountains, where they spend the summer growing fat on vegetation fed by...

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Water for the trees
Jun07

Water for the trees

Saving forests from drought as the climate warms By Liza Lester, ESA communications officer Drought complicates the big problems afflicting modern forests. Thirsty trees succumb to insects, disease and fire. Water management on forested lands is designed for downstream needs, even when the contributions of forests to clean water and flood control are recognized. Gordon Grant, Christina Tague, and Craig Allen think that mitigating...

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Zeal to ensure clean leafy greens takes bite out of riverside habitat in California
May06

Zeal to ensure clean leafy greens takes bite out of riverside habitat in California

Perceived food safety risk from wildlife drives expensive and unnecessary habitat destruction around farm fields By Liza Lester, ESA communications officer Meticulous attention to food safety is a good thing. As consumers, we like to hear that produce growers and distributers go above and beyond food safety mandates to ensure that healthy fresh fruits and vegetables do not carry bacteria or viruses that can make us sick. But in...

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Looking to large tributaries for conservation gains

By Liza Lester, ESA communications officer Mississippi River Basin. Green tributaries have sufficient flow for large-river specialist fishes, and long stretches unobstructed by obstacles of civilization. Blue tributaries fall below a critical flow threshold. Yellow tributaries discharge enough water, but are blocked by dams. On big rivers like the Mississippi, the infrastructure of modern civilization – dams, locks, dikes, power...

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