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Ecological Society of America announces 2019 award recipients

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present the 2019 awards recognizing outstanding contributions to ecology in new discoveries, teaching, sustainability, diversity, and lifelong commitment to the profession during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Louisville, Ky.

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A northern spotted owl peers down from an old-growth forest in the Pacific Northwest.

Owls Against Owls in a Challenge for Survival

Researchers forecast interactions between two owl species and the quality of their habitat in the Pacific Northwest

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Topography Could Save Sensitive Saguaros as Climate Changes

By University of Arizona 9/10/2019 The iconic saguaros on Tumamoc Hill served as harbingers in new research which sought to predict how the desert species will fare in the hotter, drier climate of the future and how topography might mitigate the effects of climate change.   Lead author Susana Rodríguez-Buriticá and her team crunched the numbers in a 48-year-long dataset…

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Global trade of tree seeds can introduce harmful pests

By the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research 9/10/2019 The trade of forest tree seeds is, on a global scale, not as safe as previously believed. Researchers from CABI and, among other institutions, the Swiss Federal Institute WSL, revealed that insect pests and fungal pathogens associated with seeds pose a great risk to trees and forest ecosystems worldwide. Non-native…

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Female gorillas detect and avoid sick groups

By CNRS 9/4/2019 Gorillas are social animals, living in groups that females will migrate to join, becoming members of harems. Though some factors motivating these migrations were previously known, a research team affiliated with the CNRS and Université de Rennes 1 has just demonstrated that female gorillas are able to avoid conspecifics liable to transmit yaws, which leads to conspicuous…

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Structural Complexity in Forests Improves Carbon Capture

By University of Connecticut 8/28/2019 Forests in the eastern United States that are structurally complex — meaning the arrangement of vegetation is varied throughout the physical space — sequester more carbon, according to a new study in Ecology, a journal of the Ecological Society of America. The study by researchers at the University of Connecticut, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Purdue University, demonstrates for…

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Policy News: September 9, 2019

In This Issue: Multi-society Letter on Foreign Influence Sixty scientific societies respond to increased scrutiny of foreign influence and espionage in science. Administration Finalizes Endangered Species Act Regulations, Environmental Groups Challenge Changes in Courts Changes would allow agencies incorporate economic considerations into listing decisions and reverse a rule that automatically gives threatened species similar protections as endangered species. Congress House…

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New Research Details Impact of Energy Development on Deer Habitat Use

By University of Wyoming 8/21/2019 For every acre of mule deer habitat taken by roads, well pads and other oil and gas development infrastructure in Wyoming’s Green River Basin, an average of 4.6 other acres of available forage is lost, according to new research by University of Wyoming scientists. That’s because deer avoid areas close to such human disturbance, even…

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Combining western science, Indigenous knowledge offers new approach to help forests adapt to new conditions

By Northern Arizona University 8/20/2019 When Jaime Yazzie began planning her research for her forestry thesis, her adviser asked her what species of trees she wanted to save. They would use a computer simulation to measure the effects of a warming, drying environment, and she needed to select which trees to preserve. “I was a little shocked,” Yazzie said. “In my mind,…

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Fishing leads to investigation of environmental changes in waterways

By Pennsylvania State University 8/14/2019 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A fisherman’s curiosity led to identification of the correlation between microbial communities in recreational freshwater locales and seasonal environmental changes, according to a team of researchers from Penn State. Zachary Weagly, a 2018 graduate of Penn State Berks and an avid fisherman, noticed that the quality of the water where he fished changed with…

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