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Spearfishing to depletion in Chile

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In theory, the evolution of scuba gear and wetsuits in spearfishing allow divers to produce a more abundant catch. However, Natalio Godoy from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and colleagues found that the spearfishers’ catches are becoming less diverse Read more ›

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Stepping stones of diversity: the Santa Barbara landscape and giant kelp genetics

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What is it about the rocky habitat in California that makes giant kelp so prevalent? And how do they spread from one section of the Santa Barbara Channel to another? According to Filipe Alberto, a marine population geneticist at the Read more ›

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Seasonality and climate change

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Rising temperatures as a result of climate change promise to alter the behaviors of temperature-sensitive organisms. But climate change is also affecting the timing of seasons, which can throw off the alarm clock for critical behaviors, such as breeding. In Read more ›

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To fly or not to fly? Diving birds shun air travel

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The ability to fly is one of the most significant adaptations in animal history. Some birds, however, have opted out of flying – evolutionarily speaking. In this installment of Field Talk, we catch up with Dr. Rory Wilson, a professor Read more ›

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Dead Zones as Safe Havens

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Andrew Altieri, a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University, joins us in this month’s episode of Field Talk to discuss his work examining hypoxic marine systems, known as dead zones. Altieri studies a community of clams and mussels – collectively known Read more ›

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Arctic Marine Mammals

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Timothy Ragen, Executive Director of the Marine Mammal Commission, talks about a special issue of Ecological Applications which focuses on arctic marine mammals and climate change. The Commission supported publication of the Supplement issue, which features a cross-section of experts Read more ›

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