Nov 12, 2014 | Research and Innovation
Inhabit(ants) of New York City: High Diversity Underfoot in Urban Environments
Cities have more species diversity than you’d expect. A study of ants in Manhattan found not only a wide range of species, but also significant differences in the levels of biodiversity in different urban areas.
Sep 12, 2014 | The Abstract
The Night of the Elephants: Adventures of a Scientist in the Field
Scientists are more likely to have adventures than many people with more mundane jobs. Stephanie Schuttler is a good example.
Aug 28, 2014 | The Abstract
Cities as a Glimpse of the Future
How researchers learned that cities may serve as a crystal ball for the impact of climate change on an important insect pest.
Aug 27, 2014 | Research and Innovation
Museum Specimens, Modern Cities Show How an Insect Pest Will Respond to Climate Change
Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that century-old museum specimens hold clues to how global climate change will affect a common insect pest that can weaken and kill trees – and the news is not good.
Jul 30, 2014
Urbanization: Good for Pests, Bad for Trees
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Steve Frank, an assistant professor of entomology at NC State.The post first appeared on Frank’s blog, Insect Ecology and Integrated Pest Management. My wife is from a […]
Jun 23, 2014
Carnivore Mystery: Why Fishers Thrive in East, Not West
For weasel-like fishers it’s a good time to live in the East. The fierce little carnivores are reclaiming historic habitats, including the Bronx, New York, where police have photographed one fisher. But it’s a different […]
Mar 13, 2014
What’s Eating You?
It’s a jungle out there. Humans can be infected by more than 1,400 parasites – viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc. It can be bad enough when one nasty parasite takes hold – it’s certainly no fun […]
Feb 27, 2014
Caught on Camera: Tree-Dwelling Orangutans on Ground
When researchers in Borneo set up camera traps to monitor tropical mammals on the ground, they didn’t expect to be photobombed by orangutans. In the wild, humans rarely see the red apes come down from […]
Jan 8, 2014
Poisonous Water Leads to Bigger, But Fewer, Fish Babies
Living in extreme environments often entails taking extreme measures to survive. Live-bearing fish mothers in toxic North and South American waters try to give their offspring the best chance at surviving the harsh environment by […]
Dec 11, 2013
Tree Change: Is Raleigh Becoming More Like Baltimore?
Could Raleigh, proudly known as the City of Oaks, end up having much less tree cover, like Baltimore? Though it’s not likely that Raleigh will have to rethink its New Year’s Eve drop of the […]