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Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

USCB Researchers Contribute to “Ecosystems of California”

With forests and farmland, mountains and desert and almost 900 miles of scenic coastline, California’s vast terrain is both dramatic and varied. The newly published “Ecosystems of California” (UC Press, 2016) provides a comprehensive synthesis of this biologically diverse state examining its myriad landscapes through multiple lenses: past and present, flora and fauna, aquatic and

Monday, January 25th, 2016

European Space Imaging Case Study Reveals How Satellite Imagery Helps Protect UNESCO World Heritage Sites

European Space Imaging (EUSI) released a new case study outlining the success of using satellite imagery to help protect UNESCO World Heritage sites this week. Working together with experts at the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) they explain what high-quality satellite data reveals about the situation on the ground at

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Camera Traps Reveal that Tropical Forest Protected Areas Can Protect Biodiversity

Arlington, Va., USA (January 19, 2016) – Biodiversity in tropical forest protected areas may be faring better than previously thought, according to a study publishing in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology on January 19th. The study, “Standardized Assessment of Biodiversity Trends in Tropical Forest Protected Areas: The End is Not in Sight,” was based

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Interior Department Releases National Seed Strategy for Landscape Scale Rehabilitation and Restoration

BOISE, IDAHO – As part of a comprehensive, science-based strategy to address the threat of wildfires that are damaging landscapes across the West, the Department of the Interior today announced the release of a National Seed Strategy for rehabilitation and restoration to help foster resilient and healthy landscapes.

Monday, August 17th, 2015

WAFWA Report Documents Greater Sage-Grouse Population Rebound

Aug. 17, 2015—The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) released a final report today on greater sage-grouse population trends across the Western United States, and the results are encouraging. While the report shows that sage-grouse populations vary greatly over time, the number of male birds documented this year has rebounded significantly from a

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

First Satellite Tracking of Neonate Flatback Turtles Underway

May 28, 2015—Scientists from Florida Atlantic University, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and James Cook University in Australia, have partnered on an international project to track for the first time the whereabouts of neonate flatback sea turtles to identify important developmental habitat for these animals and determine what factors might influence their habitat preferences.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

New App Puts Biodiversity in the Palm of Your Hand

May 13, 2015—People can check out local wildlife wherever they are in the world with a new app that says what species of animals and plants might be nearby. The free Map of Life app dispenses with bulky field guides by allowing users to access a vast global database of species and their ranges, based on

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Asian Carp Would Have Adequate Food to Survive in Lake Erie

May 6, 2015—If invasive bighead carp and silver carp spread into Lake Erie, there would be enough food available for these species of Asian carp to survive, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Intensity and Duration of Invasive Plants Can Guide Management at Microsite Level

April 30, 2015—The detrimental effects of invasive nonnative plants on the ecosystem are well-documented. However, the long-term influences on native plant diversity and abundance at the microsite scale are not as extensively studied. This information can help shape management efforts to support recovery of native plant communities.

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Biodiversity Protected Areas in Indonesia Ineffective in Preventing Deforestation

SINGAPORE, March 16, 2015—Establishing protected areas in forests is one way to keep deforestation at bay and safeguard biodiversity. However, a study led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has revealed that such a measure is ineffective in the case of biodiversity-focused protected areas in Indonesia.

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