animal behavior, ecology
Hot Off the Presses
Hot Off the Presses
Bob Grant | Jul 1, 2016
The Scientist reviews Serendipity, Complexity, The Human Superorgasism, and Love and Ruin
Submerged Pigs Inform Forensics
Submerged Pigs Inform Forensics
Jef Akst | Jul 1, 2016
Watching the decomposition of pig carcasses anchored to the seafloor is helping forensic researchers understand what to expect of human remains dumped in the ocean.
Peter Tyack: Marine Mammal Communications
Peter Tyack: Marine Mammal Communications
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 1, 2016
The University of St. Andrews behavioral ecologist studies the social structures and behaviors of whales and dolphins, recording and analyzing their acoustic communications.
Well-Brined Pork
Well-Brined Pork
The Scientist Staff | Jun 30, 2016
Watch what happens when marine organisms have their way with a sunken pig carcass.
Identifying Resilient Reefs
Identifying Resilient Reefs
Jef Akst | Jun 16, 2016
Researchers identify areas where marine ecosystems are faring better or worse than predicted in hopes of saving the world’s corals.
Prominent Ecologist Dies
Prominent Ecologist Dies
Catherine Offord | Jun 16, 2016
Bob Paine, best known for introducing the idea of “keystone species,” has passed away at age 83.
Fish Out of Water
Fish Out of Water
Bob Grant | Jun 7, 2016
A researcher documents electric eels jumping out of the water to shock potential threats, confirming a centuries-old anecdotal report of the behavior.
Plastic Pollutants Can Harm Fish
Plastic Pollutants Can Harm Fish
Tracy Vence | Jun 6, 2016
European perch larvae exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations of polystyrene particles preferred to eat the microplastics in place of prey, according to a study.
Antibiotic Affects Cow Dung
Antibiotic Affects Cow Dung
Tracy Vence | May 25, 2016
Researchers assess some of the downstream effects of treating livestock with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.
Population Ecologist Dies
Population Ecologist Dies
Jef Akst | May 18, 2016
Ilkka Hanski of the University of Helsinki has passed away at age 63.