Identifying Future Victims of Climate Change
Assessments of species vulnerability provide crucial information for conservation efforts. But the science behind them is still evolving.
Identifying Future Victims of Climate Change
Identifying Future Victims of Climate Change

Assessments of species vulnerability provide crucial information for conservation efforts. But the science behind them is still evolving.

Assessments of species vulnerability provide crucial information for conservation efforts. But the science behind them is still evolving.

biodiversity
Meet the Leechmeister
Meet the Leechmeister
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2018
See the American Museum of Natural History curator Mark Sidall explain his fascination with leeches, which he and other scientists are using to infer biodiversity in some far-flung places.
Surveying Biodiversity with Leeches
Surveying Biodiversity with Leeches
Diana Kwon | Jun 1, 2018
Scientists are searching for signatures of mammals within the blood meals of the invertebrates.
Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome
Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 1, 2018
The new database includes data from 27,000 samples collected at sites ranging from Alaskan permafrost to the ocean floor.
The New Species of 2017
The New Species of 2017
Jef Akst | Dec 27, 2017
A sampling of some of the fascinating critters identified by scientists this year
Shotgun Sequencing Outdone by Amplicon
Shotgun Sequencing Outdone by Amplicon
Catherine Offord | Aug 8, 2017
The shotgun approach, typically thought to be the superior method, may substantially underestimate diversity in environments that have not already been classified, researchers find.
Image of the Day: Penguin Run
Image of the Day: Penguin Run
The Scientist Staff | Feb 28, 2017
Little penguins (Eudyptula minor) live on the southeast coast of Australia, one of the global “hot spots” of marine diversity most severely affected by global warming.
Slideshow: New Species of 2016
Slideshow: New Species of 2016
Jef Akst | Dec 16, 2016
A look at some of the species named this year
New Species of 2016
New Species of 2016
Jef Akst | Dec 16, 2016
From a new Tyrannosaurus and many other dinosaurs to all of the living species named this year, researchers continue to chip away at the planet’s unknown biodiversity.
The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?
The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2016
Researchers are abandoning the concept of a list of genes sequenced from a single individual, instead aiming for a way to describe all the genetic variation within a species.