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Coral bleaching increases chances of coral disease

Disease can exacerbate coral bleaching, while bleaching leads to increased disease prevalence Mass coral bleaching has devastated coral colonies around the world for almost three decades. Now scientists have found that bleaching can make corals more susceptible to disease and, in turn, coral disease can exacerbate the negative effects of bleaching.  A paper in the October issue of the journalEcology shows…

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Exotic Timber Plantations Found To Use More Than Twice the Water of Native Forests

Vegetation in an area may determine its usable water supply, ecologists find Ecologists have discovered that timber plantations in Hawaii use more than twice the amount of water to grow as native forests use.  Especially for island ecosystems, these findings suggest that land management decisions can place ecosystems – and the people who depend on them – at high risk…

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Symposium to discuss geoengineering to fight climate change at the ESA Annual Meeting

Ecologists call techniques a risky strategy at large scales Geoengineering techniques aim to slow global warming by changing the composition of the Earth’s land, seas or atmosphere. But new research shows that the use of geoengineering to do environmental good may cause other environmental harm. In a symposium at the Ecological Society of America’s Annual Meeting, ecologists discuss the viability…

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Animal and Plant Communication at the ESA Annual Meeting

Chemicals camouflage bugs; pitcher plant colors don’t help attract prey; specialist caterpillars survive better than Animals and plants communicate with one another in a variety of ways: behavior, body patterns, and even chemistry. In a series of talks at the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting, to be held August 3-7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ecologists explore the myriad adaptations…

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Sustainable Agriculture at the ESA Annual Meeting

Using ecology to create long-term cropland health Advances in ecology increasingly reveal that conventional agricultural practices have detrimental effects on the landscape ecology, creating problems for long-term sustainability of crops. In a series of sessions at the Ecological Society of America’s Annual Meeting, ecologists will present their ideas on how our agricultural practices can take lessons from natural environments. Perennial…

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Urban Water Ecology at the ESA Annual Meeting

Stream pollution good for mosquitoes; lakefront development affects lake fish; greenroofs can save cities millions of gallons of water Increasingly, human urban development overlaps with habitat for wild animals and plants, creating environments that degrade natural landscapes. But people, animals and plants all have in common the need for healthy, sustainable freshwater ecosystems. In a series of presentations at the…

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New Mexico Senator Tom Udall to receive Regional Policy Award from the Ecological Society of America

ALBUQUERQUE—Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) will receive the second annual Regional Policy Award from the nation’s largest organization of ecologists at the meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) on Aug. 2. The award recognizes a regional or local policymaker who has an outstanding record of informing his political decision-making with ecological science. “I appreciate this award not just because…

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Ecological Society of America and partners receive $207K NSF grant

Funding will advance participation of minority students in National Ecological Observatory Network The Ecological Society of America has received a $207,000 National Science Foundation grant to cultivate the participation of underrepresented institutions and students in science and education within the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).  The grant is in partnership with the Science and Engineering Alliance, Inc. (SEA) and NEON,…

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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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