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Sichuan Earthquake Caused Significant Damage to Giant Panda Habitat

Ecologists find 2008 earthquake destroyed nearly a quarter of panda habitat near quake’s epicenter When the magnitude 8 Sichuan earthquake struck southern China in May 2008, it left more than 69,000 people dead and 4.3 million homeless.  Now ecologists have added to these losses an assessment of the earthquake’s impact on biodiversity: namely, habitat for some of the last existing…

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Ecological Society of America Announces 2009 Award Recipients

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present societal awards to five distinguished ecologists at its 94rd Annual Meeting on Monday, August 3, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More than 3,500 attendees are expected at this year’s meeting. Eminent Ecologist Award: Steven Hubbell Steven Hubbell of the University of California, Los Angeles and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute will receive this year’s…

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Ecological Society of America announces its 94th Annual Meeting

Registration is now open to the press for the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) 94th Annual Meeting, which will be held Aug. 2-7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The meeting will include more than 3,500 scientists, students and educators, and will center around the theme, “Ecological Knowledge and a Global Sustainable Society.” The scientific program will feature 24 symposia, 180 oral sessions, 95…

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Ecologists Identify Birds Struck in Hudson River Crash as Migratory Canada Geese

Data is crucial to minimizing birdstrikes, researchers say Using forensic data from feather remains, scientists have identified the birds that caused the Jan. 15 airline crash into the Hudson River as migratory Canada geese. The study, published online today in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, will help managers better assess how to prevent such strikes in the future….

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In the turf war against seaweed, coral reefs more resilient than expected

There’s little doubt that coral reefs the world over face threats on many fronts: pollution, diseases, destructive fishing practices and warming oceans. But reefs appear to be more resistant to one potential menace – seaweed – than previously thought, according to new research by a team of marine scientists from the United States and Australia. Their study is the first…

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Plants Could Override Climate Change Effects on Wildfires

Paleoecological data reveal strong influence of vegetation changes on wildfire frequency The increase in warmer and drier climates predicted to occur under climate change scenarios has led many scientists to also predict a global increase in the number of wildfires. But a new study in the May issue of Ecological Monographs shows that in some cases, changes in the types of plants…

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Ecologists Put Price Tag on Invasive Species

Research reports costs of invasive species’ damage to ecosystem services Invasive species can disrupt natural and human-made ecosystems, throwing food webs out of balance and damaging the services they provide to people. Now scientists have begun to put a price tag on this damage. In a study published this week in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment e-view, ecologists have…

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‘Ecology’ Named Among Top 100 Most Influential Journals in Biology and Medicine

Special Libraries Association recognizes Ecological Society’s flagship journal Ecology, the flagship journal of the Ecological Society of America, has been voted one of the top 100 most influential journals in the fields of biology and medicine over the last 100 years. The recognition is the result of a poll conducted by the BioMedical and Life Sciences Division of the Special…

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Ecologists Question Effects of Climate Change on Infectious Diseases

Forum sparks debate on potential range changes in diseases Recent research has predicted that climate change may expand the scope of human infectious diseases. A new review, however, argues that climate change may have a negligible effect on pathogens or even reduce their ranges. The paper has sparked debate in the ecological community. In a forum in the April issue…

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HIGHLIGHTS from the March editions of ESA journals

The press tips below highlight research in the ESA journals Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Ecology, Ecological Applications and Ecological Monographs. 1. Fuel removal and prescribed burns reduce wildfire severity but may invite invasivesEcological Applications This invited feature compares the effectiveness of fire fuel reduction methods under the U.S. National Fire and Fire Surrogate Study. Four articles examine the effects…

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