Friday, July 12, 2024

Ecology

Global database reveals large gaps in our knowledge of four-footed animals

Researchers developed TetrapodTraits -- a global database of animals with four feet -- which can now be applied for better ecology, evolution and...

Mapping the world’s fungi from air samples

Only a fraction of nature's diversity, or species richness, is still known, especially when it comes to insects and fungi, both of which...

Ask us anything: are ecological systems random, or deterministic, or what?

Recently, we invited you to ask us anything. Today’s question comes from Chrissy Hernandez, who asks (paraphrasing): where do ecological systems fall on...

How tree species change the relationship between rodents and seeds – The Applied Ecologist

In this blog post, Pedro Mittelman and Bernado Araújo discuss how forest composition can affect plant–animal interactions without necessarily altering animal communities or...

Coral reefs: Battlegrounds for survival in a changing climate

Coral reefs, those vibrant underwater cities, stand on the precipice of collapse. While rising ocean temperatures and coral bleaching grab headlines, a new...

How a plant app helps identify the consequences of climate change

A research team led by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and Leipzig University has developed an algorithm that analyses observational...

Study reveals environmental impact of artificial sweeteners

The human body's inability to break down sucralose, an artificial sweetener found in many zero-calorie food and drink products, is well established by...

Are you changing anything about your fall teaching in response to generative AI?

Contrary to what I thought when I wrote this post, I will be teaching a 100-student upper level undergraduate course this fall. The...

Choose where to plant energy crops wisely to minimise loss of biodiversity

In the fight to protect biodiversity and limit climate change, the world will reap what it sows, say researchers from the University of...

Ask us anything: laws of succession, and the weather in Calgary

Recently, we invited you to ask us anything. Today’s questions come from Xiaolin Zhang, who asks (paraphrasing): are there any general laws of...

Climate change drives tree species towards colder, wetter regions

Climate change is likely to drive tree species towards colder and wetter regions of their geographical distribution, a new study has shown. The research,...

Friday links: scientific book sales, when fringe science goes mainstream, and more

Also this week: should you care what the studies say, does wildlife rehabilitation work, and more. From Jeremy: Stephen Heard reveals how many copies his...

Editor’s Choice (112:07): The effects of microplastic pollution on plant growth

The editor’s choice for our July issue is ‘The more microplastic types pollute the soil, the stronger the growth suppression of invasive alien and...

Meet Tara Pirie – The Applied Ecologist

In this new series, The Applied Ecologist is amplifying the staff and student voices from the University of Surrey’s Centre for Environment and...
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