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Biodiversity

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Appalachian Professor Part of NSF Research Team Studying Earth’s Biological Diversity

Assistant Professor Michael Madritch from Appalachian State University’s Department of Biology is part of the National Science Foundation’s “Dimensions of Biodiversity” program. The goal of the decade-long NSF program is to transform how Earth’s biological diversity is described and understood by the year 2020.

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

World’s Protected Areas Not Adequately Protecting Biodiversity

Existing protected areas are performing very poorly in terms of protecting the world’s most threatened species, a James Cook University researcher has found. Dr Oscar Venter, a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in JCU’s School of Marine and Tropical Biology, led a team of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Queensland, Stanford University,

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Climate Change Accelerates Hybridization between Native and Invasive Species of Trout

Scientists have discovered that the rapid spread of hybridization between a native species and an invasive species of trout in the wild is strongly linked to changes in climate. In the study, stream temperature warming over the past several decades and decreases in spring flow over the same time period contributed to the spread of

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

New Research Challenges Understanding of Biodiversity Crisis

A University of St Andrews study has found that, despite fears of a biodiversity crisis, there has in fact not been a consistent drop in numbers of species found locally around the world.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

E. O. Wilson Donates Career Awards to UA, Endows Fellows Program for Research

Dr. Edward O. Wilson, one of the most highly decorated scientists in the world and a University of Alabama alumnus, has made two major gifts to UA with an approximate value totaling $500,000.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Improved Access to Integrated Biodiversity Data for Science, Practice, and Policy

The “Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network” EU BON General Meeting took place between 30 March – 3 April 2014 in Heraklion on Crete, to present major project results and set objectives for the future. The meeting was preceeded by a review paper recently published in the open access journal Nature Conservation, to point out

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Southwestern Bird and Reptile Distributions to Shift as Climate Changes

Dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as the climate changes, according to just-published research by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of New Mexico, and Northern Arizona University.

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Satellite Tracking Leads to Leatherback Sea Turtle Key Habitats

A first-of-its-kind satellite tagging study of migrating New England leatherback turtles offers a greatly improved understanding of their seasonal high-use habitats, diving activity and response to key ocean and environmental features in relation to their search behavior. Leatherbacks are considered endangered species in all the world’s oceans.

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Study Finds that Grazing Animals Can Offset Loss of Plant Biodiversity in Grasslands

Two wrongs may not make a right. But when it comes to grassland plant species diversity, it just might. Two impacts often controlled by humans — being fertilized and being eaten — can combine to the benefit of biodiversity, according to an innovative international study led by U of M researchers Elizabeth Borer and Eric

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Sweden to Enhance Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services through Five New Milestone Targets

Today the Government adopted new milestone targets within the environmental objective system in order to enhance biodiversity and vital ecosystem services by 2020. These milestone targets define steps along the way to achieving Sweden’s environmental quality objectives, as well as EU biodiversity strategy targets and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, adopted in Nagoya in 2010 under

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