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California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison

By Catherine Offord | January 15, 2018

Researchers suspect the source of the toxins may be some of the state’s 50,000 or so marijuana farms.

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A Grisly Stork Buffet

By The Scientist Staff | August 15, 2017

Marabou storks on Kenya’s Mara River feast on the carcasses of migrating wildebeest that failed to make it across the waterway.

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From Mass Death, Life

By Steve Graff | August 15, 2017

When thousands of animals die during mass migrations, ecosystems accommodate the corpses and new cycles are set in motion.

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Life Springs Eternal

By The Scientist Staff | August 15, 2017

When scores of migrating wildebeest fail to survive a treacherous river crossing, their corpses fuel thriving ecosystems.

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From fish harvests to cottonwood forests, organisms display evidence that species change can occur on timescales that can influence ecological processes.

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Guppies transplanted between different communities in Trinidadian streams evolved in response to changes in predation threat in just a few generations.

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Ocean Acidification Affects Fish Spawning

By Alison F. Takemura | July 26, 2016

Researchers report the first evidence that acidified waters alter the ocellated wrasse’s reproductive behavior in the wild.

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Prominent Ecologist Dies

By Catherine Offord | June 16, 2016

Bob Paine, best known for introducing the idea of “keystone species,” has passed away at age 83.

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Parallel Plagues

By Sean B. Carroll | April 1, 2016

Like cancer, ecological scourges result from the breakdown of regulatory processes, and may be treated with similar logic.

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Life Scientists Receive National Medals

By Karen Zusi | December 24, 2015

The White House announces the recipients of this year’s US National Medals of Science and of Technology and Innovation.

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