Australia, ecology
Along Came a Spider
Along Came a Spider
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2014
Researchers are turning to venom peptides to protect crops from their most devastating pests.
A Race Against Extinction
A Race Against Extinction
A. Marmaduke Kilpatrick | Dec 1, 2014
Bat populations ravaged; hundreds of amphibian species driven to extinction; diverse groups of birds threatened. Taking risks will be necessary to control deadly wildlife pathogens.
Virus May Explain “Melting” Sea Stars
Virus May Explain “Melting” Sea Stars
Molly Sharlach | Nov 19, 2014
Researchers discover a densovirus that is associated with sea star wasting disease.
Hairy Situation for Wolves
Hairy Situation for Wolves
Molly Sharlach | Nov 16, 2014
Researchers find high stress hormone levels in the hair of hunted wolves in Northern Canada.
Butterfly Eyespots Deflect Predation
Butterfly Eyespots Deflect Predation
Bob Grant | Nov 12, 2014
Researchers show that patterned coloration can be an effective means of distracting predators from vital body parts.
Virus Decimating Spanish Amphibians
Virus Decimating Spanish Amphibians
Bob Grant | Oct 20, 2014
Several toad, newt, and salamander populations are being hit hard by an emerging pathogen in a pristine national park in Spain.
Contributors
Contributors
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Oct 1, 2014
Meet some of the people featured in the October 2014 issue of The Scientist.
Bird Diversity Drops From Forests to Farms
Bird Diversity Drops From Forests to Farms
Ruth Williams | Sep 11, 2014
Farms support less phylogenetically diverse bird populations than forests, but some farms are better than others.
The Iceman Cometh
The Iceman Cometh
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Sep 1, 2014
Meet Ötzi, the Copper Age ice man who is helping scientists reconstruct changes in the population genetics of the red deer he hunted.
This Bug Sucks
This Bug Sucks
Yao-Hua Law | Sep 1, 2014
An assassin bug, which some researchers are using as living syringes to sample blood from birds and mammals, feeds on a bat.