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Climate Change Is Pushing Bird Boundaries, Community Scientists Confirm

By The National Audubon Society In the first peer-reviewed study of its kind, participants in Audubon’s Climate Watch program helped determine the ongoing impact of climate change to bluebirds and nuthatches. NEW YORK — Today, the journal Ecological Applications published a final version of a study from National Audubon Society scientists demonstrating that climate change is causing a measurable shift of birds’ ranges…

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Study reveals important flowering plants for city-dwelling honey bees

By Pennsylvania State University 4/28/2020 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Trees, shrubs and woody vines are among the top food sources for honey bees in urban environments, according to an international team of researchers. By using honey bees housed in rooftop apiaries in Philadelphia, the researchers identified the plant species from which the honey bees collected most of their food, and…

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Prof. Julie Lockwood Elected 2020 Fellow of the Ecological Society of America

By Rutgers University Julie Lockwood, chair and professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, was elected a 2020 fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). The society’s fellowship program recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and management and policy.   Lockwood’s research is helping to…

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Dramatic loss of food plants for insects

By University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) 4/24/2020 Just a few weeks ago, everyone was talking about plummeting insect numbers. Academic discourse focused on three main causes: the destruction of habitats, pesticides in agriculture and the decline of food plants for insects. A team of researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest,…

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Deepwater charr, presumed extinct, reappears in Lake Constance

By Eawag – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology 4/21/2020 In Lake Constance, Eawag scientists have tracked down a charr species thought to have gone extinct – a surprising rediscovery raising numerous questions. The deepwater charr Salvelinus profundus is a small, pale fish endemic to Lake Constance. With its large eyes and overbite, it is well adapted to life in…

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Ocean warming halves coral reef fish communities

By University of Victoria 4/24/2020 Higher water temperatures linked to climate change slashed a Pacific Ocean coral reef fish community by half, according to a new study led by University of Victoria biologists that is one of the first studies to assess the direct impact of heat stress on reef fish.    “The devastating effects of climate change on corals…

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Black Locust & Drought – Field Study Suggests that Drought Diminishes its Nitrogen-Fixing Ability

By Sarah Farmer, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station 4/2/2020 With its symbiotic bacteria, black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) makes its own nitrogen fertilizer – and can share it with other tree species. “In early successional temperate forests, symbiotic nitrogen fixation is often the main source of new nitrogen,” says USDA Forest Service scientist Chelcy Miniat. But drought could slow the rate of symbiotic nitrogen fixation,…

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ESA Distinguished Service Citation Posthumously Awarded to Tony Janetos

By BU Pardee School of Global Studies 4/19/2020 The late Anthony Janetos, Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future from 2013-2019, has been posthumously awarded the Ecological Society of America (ESA) 2020 Distinguished Service Citation. The Distinguished Service Citation “recognizes long and distinguished volunteer service to ESA, the scientific community, and the larger purpose of…

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Levine receives prestigious ecological research award

By Princeton University 4/16/2020 Jonathan Levine, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB), is the 2020 recipient of the Ecological Society of America’s Robert H. MacArthur Award, the most prestigious mid-career accolade from the world’s largest professional organization of ecologists, representing more than 9,000 scientists around the world. Levine is the 20th winner of the award, which was established in 1983 in memory…

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