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ESA Press Releases

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 »

ESA voices concern about EPA’s effort to weaken the Clean Water Rule

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Alison Mize, 202-833-8773 x205, alison@esa.org   The Ecological Society of America is concerned with the proposed rule issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers … Read More »

Ecological Society of America Announces New Appointments to Governing Board

November 13, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Alison Mize, 202-833-8773, alison@esa.org   The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is proud to announce the election results of its Governing Board Members. Those selected by the membership to serve are President Elect … Read More »

Ecologists Ask: Should We Be More Transparent with Data?

Open, readily-usable data sets and code will grow more important in future scientific research, saving time and effort for reviewers, investigators, and authors   October 26, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, zgentes@esa.org   Computational reproducibility … Read More »

South American Marsupials Discovered to Reach New Heights

For the first time, scientists catch on camera a tiny marsupial climbing higher than previously thought in the forest canopy   October 18, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, zgentes@esa.org   In the Andean forests along … Read More »

Alaskan Carbon Assessment Has Implications For National Climate Policy

A special article collection in Ecological Applications looks into how the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases stored in forests, permafrost, lakes, and rivers interact   October 5, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, zgentes@esa.org   … Read More »

Cobra Cannibalism More Prevalent Than Previously Thought

October 2, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, zgentes@esa.org Last spring, researchers in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert found a large male cape cobra devouring another smaller male of the same species. Surprised by the thought-to-be-rare event, … Read More »

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External Releases

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 »

Ocean giant gets a health check

By University of Tokyo 1/16/2019 Whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, likely endure periods of starvation and may eat more plants than previously thought, according to the first results of a new health check developed at the University of Tokyo. … Read More »

New MSU research suggests not all lakes respond the same to climate change

By Michigan State University 1/11/2019 A team of scientists from Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Wisconsin analyzed 30 years of data for 365 lakes in the northeastern and Midwestern U.S. to test whether changes in temperature and … Read More »

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