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ESA Press Releases

ESA Selects 2019 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients

Read more about each award winner and view photos on ESA’s Ecotone blog   February 13, 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Alison Mize, alison@esa.org, (202) 833-8773 ext. 205   The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is honored to announce this … Read More »

Pika survival rates dry up with low moisture

In the Pacific Northwest, dry air interacts with low snow conditions to affect pika abundances at different elevations   February 4, 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, zgentes@esa.org   Although it has been ranked as the … Read More »

Why charismatic, introduced species are so difficult to manage

Researchers say mismatches of scale between social and ecological systems are a key contributor to many conflicts involving introduced-species management   February 4, 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, zgentes@esa.org   Introduced and invasive species can … Read More »

ESA Tipsheet for January 31, 2019

Upcoming research in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment   Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, zgentes@esa.org   Get a sneak peek into these new scientific papers, publishing on January 31, 2019 in … Read More »

An Icy Forecast for Ringed Seal Populations

New mathematical model shows dramatic decreases in ringed seal populations due to projected low snow conditions   January 23, 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, zgentes@esa.org   Arctic sea ice is now declining at a rate … Read More »

ESA Endorses Four-Dimensional Ecology Education Framework

January 14, 2018 For Immediate Release Contacts: Teresa Mourad, 202-833-8775, teresa@esa.org                  Alison Mize, 202-833-8773, alison@esa.org   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 … Read More »

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, zgentes@esa.org   An elephant never forgets. This seems to be the case, at least, for … Read More »

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, zgentes@esa.org   On the Cumberland Plateau in eastern Kentucky, surface coal mining is destroying ridgelines and mountaintops, … Read More »

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, zgentes@esa.org   Get a sneak peek into these new scientific papers, publishing on January 3, 2019 in the … Read More »

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, zgentes@esa.org    When a caterpillar disguises itself as a snake to ward off potential predators, it should probably expect to be treated … Read More »

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Grad student Sara Gonzalez wins policy award from Ecological Society of America

By UC Santa Cruz 2/13/2019 Sara Gonzalez, a Ph.D. student in ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, is among the recipients of the Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Awards from the Ecological Society of America (ESA). This … Read More »

Hurricanes in 2017 did not greatly damage corals, but reefs were already in trouble

By National Science Foundation 2/6/2019 Scientists find that decades of degradation created ‘resistant’ coral reefs Marine biologist Peter Edmunds was prepared for the worst. Back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes had torn through the Caribbean in September 2017. The scientist and his … Read More »

Northeast-Atlantic fish stocks: Recovery driven by improved management

By THÜNEN INSTITUTE 2/4/2019 Sustainable exploitation of wild fish is possible, but only when fisheries policies are implemented that ensure precautionary catch regulations Due to overcapacities in fishing fleets and insufficiently regulated catches, many fish stocks in the Northeast-Atlantic had … Read More »

OU Study Finds Insects Crave Salt and Search Grasslands for the Limiting Nutrient

By The University of Oklahoma 2/6/2019 An OU team from the Geographical Ecology Group conducted 54 experiments in both grazed and ungrazed grasslands to determine the salt cravings of insects and the types of insects that crave salt. NORMAN–A University … Read More »

Booming Port Phillip Bay sea urchins here to stay without drastic action

By University of Tasmania 2/7/2019 Monitoring of sea urchins in Port Phillip Bay over a four-year period has revealed that booming urchin populations and the barren grounds they created by overgrazing kelp beds are likely to persist in the long … Read More »

Shark populations recover better in human exclusion zones: Deakin study

By Deakin University 2/1/2019 Decades after their implementation, no-take marine reserves are coming up short in their ability to nurture the Great Barrier Reef’s shark populations back to natural levels, according to new research from a Deakin University ecologist. The … Read More »

Study predicts warmer, drier mountains pose double whammy for cold-adapted amphibians

By Simon Fraser University 1/25/2019 A species of frog endemic to the Pacific Northwest faces a 50 per cent increase in the probability of extinction by the 2080s due to climate change, according to a new study published by SFU … Read More »

Tasmanian devil cancer unlikely to cause extinction, say experts

By Swansea University Prifysgol Abertawe 1/23/2019 A new study of Tasmanian devils has revealed that a transmissible cancer which has devastated devil populations in recent years is unlikely to cause extinction of the iconic species. New research led by Dr Konstans Wells from … Read More »

Biologists discover deep-sea fish living where there is virtually no oxygen

By MBARI 1/17/2019 Oxygen—it’s a basic necessity for animal life. But marine biologists recently discovered large numbers of fishes living in the dark depths of the Gulf of California where there is virtually no oxygen. Using an underwater robot, the … Read More »

With fire, warming and drought, Yellowstone forests could be grassland by mid-century

By University of Wisconsin-Madison 1/17/2019 The fires in Yellowstone National Park began to burn in June 1988. A natural feature of the landscape, park managers expected the fires to fizzle out by July, when rains historically drenched the forests and valleys … Read More »

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