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Research and Field Notes — Page 2

Fantastic Grandmothers and Where to Find Them

Seven snorkeling grandmothers helped scientists uncover a large population of venomous sea snakes in a bay popular with residents and cruise passengers Amateur enthusiasts are changing the game for science and research. Citizen passion for hands-on experience with nature is helping scientists gather more and more data each day. Many of these citizen-science led projects rely on enthusiastic children and…

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The Big Picture: What Sustains Biodiversity

Guest post originally published by NCEAS. The synthesis working groups described in this post were funded in 2016 and 2017. The LTER Network Office recently released a new call for synthesis proposals with a deadline of October 23. Eligibility is not limited to members of the LTER Network, although the synthesis must draw on LTER data. Find complete information and…

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ESA announces the recipients of the 2018 Student Awards

Awards recognize students for exceptional research and outstanding presentations given at the 2018 Annual Meeting   The Ecological Society of America recognizes Sara P. Bombaci, Jacqueline J. Peña, and Joshua Scholl for awards for outstanding student research. The Murray F. Buell and E. Lucy Braun awards are given for exceptional oral and poster presentations at the 103rd Annual Meeting of…

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Giant Tortoises Migrate Unpredictably in the Face of Climate Change

Unlike many migratory species, Galapagos giant tortoises do not use current environmental conditions to time their seasonal migration Galapagos giant tortoises, sometimes called Gardeners of the Galapagos, are creatures of habit. In the cool dry season, the highlands of the volcano slopes are engulfed in cloud which allows the vegetation to grow despite the lack of rain. On the lower…

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The Ultimate Standoff: Hummingbird Vs. Caterpillar

Researchers observe a defense mechanism for caterpillars can attract unwanted attention In a 26-minute standoff, a snake-mimicking caterpillar was unable to feed during attacks from a nest-defending hummingbird. (Video provided by James Marden) When a caterpillar disguises itself as a snake to ward off potential predators, it should probably expect to be treated like one. This is exactly what happened in…

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The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana receives environmental offsets from the Ecological Society of America

NEW ORLEANS, LA. — The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will donate over $17,500  to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) to offset the environmental costs of the Society’s 103rd Annual Meeting, held this year in New Orleans, LA. More than 3,500 attendees convene from across the globe this week to impart, discuss, and share the latest in essential ecological…

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30 Years Later, Yellowstone Fires Are Still a Burning Problem

103rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America: Extreme events, ecosystem resilience and human well-being 5–10 August 2018 Monica G. Turner served as President of ESA for the 2015-2016 term. She is an internationally recognized landscape ecologist, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and received ESA’s Robert H. MacArthur Award in 2008. Her field studies and simulation…

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Policy News: July 23, 2018

ESA Policy News In This Issue:   103 Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America convenes in New Orleans, LA The Opening Plenary talk by Robert Twilley, “Ecosystem design approaches in a highly engineered landscape of the Mississippi River Delta” will be live-streamed – watch it here on Sunday, August 5 at 5 PM central time. All Politics Are…

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Member’s Perspective: Standing Up for Science Funding on Capitol Hill

By Ellen Stuart-Haëntjens, Ph.D. candidate, Virginia Commonwealth University Federally funded scientific research stimulates the economy, improves human health, bolsters national security and builds an educated workforce. In the United States the bulk of this funding comes through agencies like the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH); however, since the 1980s, the percentage of US gross…

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