Apr 15, 2015
Researchers Can Trace Dust Samples Using Fungal DNA
Researchers have developed a statistical model that allows them to tell where a dust sample came from within the continental United States based on the DNA of fungi found in the sample. The work offers law enforcement a new forensic biology tool.
Apr 1, 2015
Isotope Study Shows Which Urban Ants Love Junk Food
Research finds that some – but not all – of the ant species on city streets have developed a taste for human food, offering insight into why certain ants are thriving in urban environments. The findings stem from a study that tested isotope levels in ants to determine the makeup of their diet.
Mar 2, 2015
Tracking Bald Eagles in Coastal North Carolina
NC State researchers are part of a team that’s using state-of-the-art GPS transmitters to track bald eagles in coastal North Carolina.
Feb 10, 2015
Exploring the Deep Sea: Adventures of a Researcher in the Field
For centuries, scientists thought that all life depended on the sun. They were wrong.
Dec 2, 2014
Study Finds Insects Play Important Role in Dealing with Garbage on NYC Streets
In the city that never sleeps, it’s easy to overlook the insects underfoot. But that doesn’t mean they’re not working hard. A new study shows that insects play a significant role in disposing of garbage on the streets of Manhattan.
Nov 12, 2014
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 Night of the Elephants: Adventures of a Researcher 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
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
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 […]