Crocodile tears please butterflies and bees
May02

Crocodile tears please butterflies and bees

The butterfly (Dryas iulia) and the bee (Centris sp.) were most likely seeking scarce minerals and an extra boost of protein. On a beautiful December day in 2013, they found the precious nutrients in the tears of a spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus), relaxing on the banks of the Río Puerto Viejo in northeastern Costa Rica. A boat carrying students, photographers, and aquatic ecologist Carlos de la Rosa was passing slowly and...

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Ill-informed prophecies and the future of women in ecology
Feb17

Ill-informed prophecies and the future of women in ecology

A guest post by Nathalie Pettorelli, Institute of Zoology, London, UK In May 2013, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment published an article on “The future of ecology: a collision of expectations and desires?” (pdf) by Jeffrey Lockwood, Derek Reiners, and William Reiners, based on a survey of ESA members. The authors’ conclusions about gender and career preferences generated some controversy. A peer-reviewed...

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President issues executive order to prepare for impacts of climate change
Nov04

President issues executive order to prepare for impacts of climate change

Special issue of ESA Frontiers assesses the impacts of climate change on people and ecosystems By Liza Lester, ESA communications officer Last Friday (Nov. 1), President Obama marked the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy with an executive order “preparing the United States for the impacts of climate change.” The order lays out expectations for the federal agencies under the President’s Climate Action Plan, from the Department of...

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