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Biodiversity

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

UBC Student Uses Satellite Data for Elephant Conservation Effort

UBC PhD candidate Jake Wall has adapted satellite tracking technology to help protect endangered African elephants. Wall’s research looks into elephant needs of food, space, connectivity with the environment, security and water. According to Wall, his research, and that of the Save the Elephants organization which he works with in Kenya “focuses on the movement

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Duck Migration Study Reveals Importance of Conserving Wetlands

During the 2011 and 2012 migration seasons, University of Missouri researchers monitored mallard ducks with new remote satellite tracking technology, marking the first time ducks have been tracked closely during the entirety of their migration from Canada to the American Midwest and back.  The research revealed that mallards use public and private wetland conservation areas

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Observing Polar Bears from Space

Monitoring wildlife in the Arctic is difficult. Study areas are cold, barren and often inaccessible. For decades scientists have struggled to study animals, like polar bears, which live in these remote areas. Now researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey have begun testing a new, yet counterintuitive solution – rather then get close to the animals,

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

‘Lifemapper’ Predicts Where Climate Could Send Creatures

Since the 19th century, scientists have brought voucher specimens back from the field. Most now sit in research institutions around the world “dried, mounted, pickled, preserved, frozen, and stuffed,” according to the creators of Lifemapper, an online species-distribution tool.

Monday, July 7th, 2014

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Launches Greater Sage-grouse Website

The unprecedented effort to conserve greater sage-grouse and sagebrush habitat is a complicated process that encompasses 11 states, six federal agencies and numerous non-governmental groups. To help journalists, stakeholders and the interested public stay informed about this effort, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has built a new greater sage-grouse website and assigned three public

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.

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