Nov 19, 2014 | Research and Innovation
Warmer Temperatures Limit Impact of Parasites, Boost Pest Populations
Research shows that some insect pests are thriving in warm, urban environments and developing earlier, limiting the impact of parasitoid wasps that normally help keep those pest populations in check.
Jul 23, 2014
Urban Heat Boosts Some Pest Populations 200-Fold, Killing Red Maples
New research from North Carolina State University shows that urban “heat islands” are slowly killing red maples in the southeastern United States. One factor is that researchers have found warmer temperatures increase the number of […]
May 21, 2014 | Research and Innovation
Dam Removal Improves Shad Spawning Grounds, May Boost Survival Rate
Research from North Carolina State University finds that dam removal improves spawning grounds for American shad and seems likely to improve survival rates for adult fish, juveniles and eggs – but for different reasons.
Apr 28, 2014
Urbanization, Higher Temperatures Can Influence Butterfly Emergence Patterns
An international team of researchers has found that a subset of common butterfly species are emerging later than usual in urban areas located in warmer regions, raising questions about how the insects respond to significant […]
Apr 8, 2014
Where Credit Is Due: How Acknowledging Expertise Can Help Conservation Efforts
Scientists know that tapping into local expertise is key to conservation efforts aimed at protecting biodiversity – but researchers rarely give credit to these local experts. Now some scientists are saying that’s a problem, both […]
Mar 5, 2014
New Technique Allows Frequent Water Quality Monitoring for Suite of Pollutants
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique that uses existing technology to allow researchers and natural resource managers to collect significantly more information on water quality to better inform policy decisions.
Dec 17, 2013
Rainforest Life: Food Versus Fear
For a rainforest animal like the agouti, life revolves around the tension between food and fear. While foraging for seeds from the black palm tree, the rabbit-sized rodent has to avoid hungry ocelots. Living in […]
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 […]
Dec 9, 2013
Researchers Develop System for Assessing How Effective Species Are at Pollinating Crops
From tomatoes to pumpkins, most fruit and vegetable crops rely on pollination by bees and other insect species – and the future of many of those species is uncertain. Now researchers from North Carolina State […]
Oct 15, 2013
The Housing Bomb: 5 Questions With Nils Peterson
Are we building our way to ruin? That’s the premise of a provocatively titled new book released this month: The Housing Bomb: Why Our Addiction to Houses Is Destroying the Environment and Threatening Our Society. […]