amygdala, ecology
Another Explanation for Africa’s Enigmatic Fairy Circles
Another Explanation for Africa’s Enigmatic Fairy Circles
Diana Kwon | Jan 20, 2017
Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 
Image of the Day: Goodbye Colo
Image of the Day: Goodbye Colo
The Scientist Staff | Jan 18, 2017
Colo, the oldest zoo gorilla and the first born in captivity, died on January 17 at age 60.
Scientists Activate Predatory Instinct in Mice
Scientists Activate Predatory Instinct in Mice
Diana Kwon | Jan 16, 2017
A new study reveals how the amygdala is involved in controlling predatory behavior in mice.
How Plant-Soil Feedback Affects Ecological Diversity
How Plant-Soil Feedback Affects Ecological Diversity
Ashley P. Taylor | Jan 13, 2017
Researchers examine how underground microbes and nutrients affect plant populations.
First Bumblebee Species Declared Endangered in U.S.
First Bumblebee Species Declared Endangered in U.S.
Kerry Grens | Jan 11, 2017
The federal government concludes the rusty patched bumblebee is nearing extinction.
Image of the Day: Saltwater Survivors
Image of the Day: Saltwater Survivors
The Scientist Staff | Jan 9, 2017
When road deicing salt enters freshwater ecosystems, prey species such as Daphnia pulex can rapidly evolve tolerance to the contaminant, buffering their local food webs from the impacts of salination.
Reconstructing the Effects of the Fur Trade in the Brazilian Amazon
Reconstructing the Effects of the Fur Trade in the Brazilian Amazon
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2017
Researchers use a century of trade records to uncover differences in the resilience of terrestrial and aquatic species.
Caribbean Anoles Function as Model Organisms for Evolutionary Dynamics
Caribbean Anoles Function as Model Organisms for Evolutionary Dynamics
Amber Dance | Jan 1, 2017
The small lizards adapted to unique niches among dozens of isles.
Historical Hunts
Historical Hunts
The Scientist Staff | Dec 31, 2016
See images from a century of fur trapping and hunting in the Amazon basin.
Cheetah Range Drops 90 Percent
Cheetah Range Drops 90 Percent
Kerry Grens | Dec 27, 2016
Estimating only 7,100 individuals remaining, researchers urge a reclassification of the species from vulnerable to endangered.