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Microplastics induce changes in mussel traits and behaviors

A paper recently published in Ecological Applications shows that exposure to plastic-laced seawater may affect mussels’ ability to form mussel beds.

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Bright light bars big-eyed birds from human-altered landscapes

New research shows the glaring light in human-altered landscapes, such as livestock pastures and crop fields, can act as a barrier to big-eyed birds, potentially contributing to their decline.

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A Watershed Study for Wetland Restoration

Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory developed a predictive framework of ecological indicators and analyses for estuarine–tidal river research and management.

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Deforestation squeezes top predators in forest streams

A team of researchers led by Imperial College London and the National University of Singapore studied 19 streams in Borneo, in an area with a variety of land uses, and found that top predators were disproportionally affected by deforestation, with fewer predator links in the food chain in oil palm plantation streams.

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Biology Graduate Student Publishes in Ecology

Biology graduate student Alexandra Gulick, with co-authors from the National Park Service and the UF Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, recently published a paper in Ecology. Results of the study show that grazing by recovering green turtle populations stimulates seagrass productivity, and that grazing intensity has a relevant role in regulating the productivity of Caribbean seagrass meadows.

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