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Tag: ecology

Deja Perkins and Lauren Pharr pictured while birding

Jun 15, 2020

The Importance of Black Birders Week and Its Lasting Impact

Two NC State students who participated in Black Birders Week weigh in on why it's important. 

Glowing firefly on a leaf

Jul 23, 2019

How Fireflies Glow – and What Signals They’re Sending

NC State's Clyde Sorenson shines a light on bioluminescent beetles. 

an oyster reef revealed by low tide

Jul 15, 2019

What Can Researchers Learn by Eavesdropping on Fish?

Want to know how fish use oyster reefs? Eavesdrop on them. 

A starling nest in a box containing herbs

Jun 5, 2018

Study Finds Aromatic Herbs Lead to Better Parenting in Starlings

The presence of aromatic herbs in the nest leads to some improved parenting behaviors in European starlings. 

May 15, 2018

Think Chimpanzee Beds Are Dirtier Than Human Ones? Think Again

Study finds that chimpanzees appear to keep tidier sleeping arrangements than humans do. 

Mar 13, 2018

Lack of Water is Key Stressor for Urban Trees

A recent study finds that urban trees can survive increased heat and insect pests fairly well – unless they are thirsty. 

Jun 7, 2017

Research Within Reach

NC State scientists are reaching out to get the public involved in research, by sharing findings and involving everyone in the work of discovery. 

Caren Cooper

Jun 7, 2017

Leadership in Public Science: Meet Caren Cooper

Caren Cooper is an ecologist and Leadership in Public Science faculty cluster member who wrote the book on citizen science — literally. 

Nov 1, 2016

Study Highlights Diversity of Arthropods Found in Homes Across the United States – From Swabs of Dust

Researchers used DNA testing and citizen science to create an “atlas” that shows the range and diversity of arthropods found in homes across the continental United States. 

Jul 5, 2016

Does Biomass Harvest Affect Wildlife?

Researchers counted mammals, reptiles and amphibians on clearcut loblolly plantation sites in Georgia and North Carolina to find out how removing woody debris affected wildlife. 

Jun 29, 2016

Expanding Outreach to Support Bees and Other Pollinators

A lot of people want to know what they can do to help bees – and a new initiative at NC State is aimed at helping to meet that demand. 

Jan 19, 2016

First Study of Arthropods in U.S. Homes Finds Huge Biodiversity

The first study to evaluate the biodiversity of arthropods in U.S. homes finds that humans share their houses with any of more than 500 different kinds of arthropods – at least on a short-term basis. 

Dec 7, 2015

Taking the Road Less Traveled

NC State ecologist Nick Haddad argues that we should find ways to mitigate the destructive effects of road building on animals and plants in an essay in the journal Science. 

Nov 4, 2015

Urban Environments Boost Pathogen Pressure on Honey Bees

Researchers have found that urban environments increase pathogen abundance in honey bees and reduce their survival. The finding raises significant questions as urban areas continue to grow at the expense of rural environments, and urban beekeeping becomes more popular. 

Aug 26, 2015

Citizen Science Effort Highlights How Little We Know About Invisible Life in Our Own Homes

Scientists are announcing the discovery of thousands of unidentified species living in and around homes in the United States. The work relied on advanced technologies and scientific expertise from multiple disciplines, but none of it would have been possible without one critical resource – a group of non-scientists who wanted to be part of making a discovery.