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Predation by Caspian terns on young steelhead means fewer return as adults

By Oregon State University 7/13/2020 CORVALLIS, Ore. – Caspian terns feeding on young fish have a significant impact on runs of steelhead in the Columbia River, according to a new paper from scientists at Oregon State University. Through detailed analysis of steelhead survival and Caspian tern predation rates, the researchers found that the birds are not only preying on fish…

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UGA Ecologists to present research at virtual 2020 ESA Annual Meeting Aug. 3-6

by the University of Georgia 7/13/2020 Athens, Ga. – The ringtail, a relative of the raccoon, is a nocturnal creature that lives in arid regions of western North America. Despite their solitary nature, they have long been known to inhabit national park buildings in southern Utah, where they scavenge food from trash cans. This makes them an excellent subject for…

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Media Tip Sheet: Ecological Forecasting

These presentations feature research that attempts to forecast ecosystems of the future. All will be presented at the Ecological Society of America’s upcoming virtual annual meeting, August 3–6, 2020.

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UM Bio Station Researchers Unlock Mystery of Subterranean Stoneflies

by the University of Montana 7/1/2020 FLATHEAD LAKE – In a new study published in the scientific journal Ecology, researchers from the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station may have unlocked a mystery surrounding unique aquatic insects in the Flathead watershed. “There’s a surprising adaptation of stoneflies in alluvial aquifers that allows them to use low-oxygen or oxygen-free environments,” said…

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UW Researchers Look for Answers as to Why Western Bumblebees Are Declining

By University of Wyoming 6/29/2020 A University of Wyoming researcher and her Ph.D. student have spent the last three years studying the decline of the Western bumblebee. The two have been working with a group of bumblebee experts to fill in gaps of missing information from previous data collected in the western United States. Their goal is to provide information…

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Climate change: Spring is starting too early for deer

By The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research 6/29/2020 Plants are sprouting earlier and earlier due to climate change, but for roe deer, the timing of fawning is advancing more slowly. This results in changes to the food supply during critical periods of the fawns’ growth. Deer populations at lower altitudes are particularly affected, according to a…

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Faculty Research Fellow Pamela Templer Co-Authors Editorial on Need for Multicultural & Multidisciplinary Science Education

By Boston University 6/28/2020 Pamela Templer, a Professor in the Department of Biology and a Faculty Research Fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, recently co-authored an editorial arguing for a more “solutions-based” higher education experience that combines an interdisciplinary approach with a focus on human and environmental well-being. In the article, published in the journal Frontiers…

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Study: Winter oil & gas surveys in Arctic Refuge leave lasting scars

By Woods Hole Research Center 6/10/2020 Vehicles and equipment used in winter-time seismic surveys for oil and gas drilling can leave long-lasting scars in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, raising questions about whether existing regulations are sufficient to protect the Refuge and the indigenous communities that rely on its wildlife, according to new research published in the journal Ecological Applications. Despite requirements that…

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Proposed seismic surveys in Arctic Refuge likely to cause lasting damage

by University of Alaska Fairbanks 6/9/2020 Winter vehicle travel can cause long-lasting damage to the tundra, according to a new paper by University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers published in the journal Ecological Applications. Scars from seismic surveys for oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge remained for decades, according to the study. The findings counter assertions made…

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