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Ocean giant gets a health check

By University of Tokyo 1/16/2019 Whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, likely endure periods of starvation and may eat more plants than previously thought, according to the first results of a new health check developed at the University of Tokyo. Ocean scientists now have a powerful, simple tool to discover the diets, migrations, and conservation needs of this endangered species….

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New MSU research suggests not all lakes respond the same to climate change

By Michigan State University 1/11/2019 A team of scientists from Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Wisconsin analyzed 30 years of data for 365 lakes in the northeastern and Midwestern U.S. to test whether changes in temperature and precipitation affect water clarity, which measures the cloudiness of the water. The group’s work is featured in a paper in…

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ESA Endorses Four-Dimensional Ecology Education Framework

January 14, 2018 For Immediate Release Contacts: Teresa Mourad, 202-833-8775, gro.asenull@aseret                  Alison Mize, 202-833-8773, gro.asenull@nosila   The Ecological Society of America announces a Society-endorsed undergraduate education framework, termed the Four-Dimensional Ecology Education (4DEE) framework. The 4DEE framework positions ESA as a leader in educational programming and/or professional development, provides opportunities to expand membership and partnerships, and can serve as a…

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Elephants take to the road for reliable resources

In a national park, researchers study African elephant movement and vegetation using satellites January 9, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   An elephant never forgets. This seems to be the case, at least, for elephants roaming about Namibia, looking for food, fresh water, and other resources. The relationship between resource availability and wildlife movement…

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Flashing lights protect livestock in Chile — by deterring pumas

By University of Wisconsin-Madison 1/3/2019  In the United States, some ranchers worry about wolf attacks on their livestock as the native predator is reintroduced to more areas. But for Chilean livestock owners, wolves are not the potential threat. Pumas are. As in the U.S., researchers in Chile are trying to develop non-lethal ways to deter predator attacks and reduce the…

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Does mountaintop removal also remove rattlesnakes?

Mining operations in Appalachia permanently alter habitat availability for rattlesnakes   January 3, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   On the Cumberland Plateau in eastern Kentucky, surface coal mining is destroying ridgelines and mountaintops, and along with them, the habitat of a surprisingly gentle reptile species – the timber rattlesnake. “Timber rattlesnakes may be…

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ESA Tipsheet for January 2019

Upcoming research in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment   December 28, 2018 For immediate release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   Get a sneak peek into these new scientific papers, publishing on January 3, 2019 in the Ecological Society of America’s journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Flashing lights can protect alpaca and llama herds from…

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Birds can mistake some caterpillars for snakes; can robots help? 

Researchers observe a defense mechanism for caterpillars can attract unwanted attention December 17, 2018  For Immediate Release   Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz    When a caterpillar disguises itself as a snake to ward off potential predators, it should probably expect to be treated like one.  This is exactly what happened in Costa Rica earlier this year, when researchers witnessed a hummingbird defending its nest from what…

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ESA voices concern about EPA’s effort to weaken the Clean Water Rule

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Alison Mize, 202-833-8773 x205, gro.asenull@nosila   The Ecological Society of America is concerned with the proposed rule issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule (Waters of the United States Rule or WOTUS). ESA urges the agencies to…

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Ecological Society of America Announces New Appointments to Governing Board

November 13, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Alison Mize, 202-833-8773, gro.asenull@nosila   The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is proud to announce the election results of its Governing Board Members. Those selected by the membership to serve are President Elect for 2020 Kathleen Weathers, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Vice-President for Science Diane Pataki, University of Utah; Secretary Jessica Gurevitch,…

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Ecologists Ask: Should We Be More Transparent with Data?

Open, readily-usable data sets and code will grow more important in future scientific research, saving time and effort for reviewers, investigators, and authors   October 26, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   Computational reproducibility – the ability to accurately reproduce outcomes from data sets using the same code and software – will be an…

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South American Marsupials Discovered to Reach New Heights

For the first time, scientists catch on camera a tiny marsupial climbing higher than previously thought in the forest canopy   October 18, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   In the Andean forests along the border of Chile and Argentina, there have long been speculations that the mouse-sized marsupial monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides)…

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Alaskan Carbon Assessment Has Implications For National Climate Policy

A special article collection in Ecological Applications looks into how the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases stored in forests, permafrost, lakes, and rivers interact   October 5, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   Alaska’s land mass is equal to the size of one-fifth of the continental United States, yet stores about half of…

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Cobra Cannibalism More Prevalent Than Previously Thought

October 2, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz Last spring, researchers in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert found a large male cape cobra devouring another smaller male of the same species. Surprised by the thought-to-be-rare event, they decided to investigate how common and widespread cannibalism was in cobras. Apart from a few species, scientific understanding of…

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Laura Huenneke selected to lead as President of the Ecological Society of America for 2018-2019 term

Friday, 10 August 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alison Mize, 202-833-8773 ext. 205; cell, 703-625-3628, gro.asenull@nosilA   Laura Huenneke, an ecologist and conservation scientist who has also served in university and nonprofit leadership positions, became President of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) during the Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, LA. Elected by the members of ESA for a…

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The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana receives environmental offsets from the Ecological Society of America

103rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America:  Extreme events, ecosystem resilience and human well-being 5–10 August 2018 August 7, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz New Orleans on-site press room: 504-670-6402   The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will donate over $17,500 to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) to offset the…

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Trees travelling west: how climate is changing our forests

103rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America:  Extreme events, ecosystem resilience and human well-being 5–10 August 2018 August 1, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz New Orleans on-site press room: 504-670-6402   Many studies on the impacts of global temperature rise have suggested that the range of trees will migrate poleward and upward….

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