Giant manta ray swimming
Science Snapshot: Giant Manta Ray Sanctuary
Tourist photos help identify endangered manta rays and highlight the efficacy of recovery efforts at Komodo National Park.
ABOVE: Nick Longfellow
Science Snapshot: Giant Manta Ray Sanctuary
Science Snapshot: Giant Manta Ray Sanctuary

Tourist photos help identify endangered manta rays and highlight the efficacy of recovery efforts at Komodo National Park.

Tourist photos help identify endangered manta rays and highlight the efficacy of recovery efforts at Komodo National Park.

ABOVE: Nick Longfellow

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Image of a juvenile vaquita
Science Snapshot: Down but Not Out
Lisa Winter | May 6, 2022
Inbreeding depression won’t bring the 10 remaining vaquitas to extinction.
Gasteranthus extinctus, a plant with bright orange flowers and deep green leaves
Science Snapshot: Not “Extinctus” After All
Lisa Winter | Apr 19, 2022
Assumed to have gone extinct more than 30 years ago, Gasteranthus extinctus has been rediscovered by scientists working in Ecuador.
Photo of lab-grown chicken from Eat Just, Inc.
Cultured Meat Advances Toward the Market
Abby Olena | Feb 14, 2022
The biotech industry is chipping away at the obstacles standing between the lab and the dinner plate.
Vector drawing of a tropical rainforest with diverse trees
More Than 9,000 Tree Species Await Scientific Description
Christie Wilcox | Feb 1, 2022
A new study of tree biodiversity estimates that Earth boasts 14 percent more tree species than previous efforts have identified.
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Photo of a long-tongued fly
Researchers Identify Novel Long-Tongued Fly Species
Nick Dall | Feb 1, 2022
The discovery that what was long believed to be one fly species is actually two deepens researchers’ understanding of plant-pollinator relationships in a unique habitat in southern Africa.
Cover of Endangered Maize by Helen Anne Curry
Book Excerpt from Endangered Maize
Helen Anne Curry | Jan 17, 2022
In Chapter 7, “Grow,” author Helen Anne Curry relays the story of Indigenous revolutionaries in Mexico who tapped into community-based methods to conserve traditional corn varieties.
Cover of Endangered Maize by Helen Anne Curry
Opinion: Going Beyond Seed Banks
Helen Anne Curry | Jan 17, 2022
Rethinking why and how we conserve crop genetic diversity
Thomas Lovejoy wearing glasses and smiling at camera
“Godfather of Biodiversity” Thomas Lovejoy Dies at 80
Lisa Winter | Jan 12, 2022
The famous ecologist was a lifelong champion for conservation.
man in suit
Paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey Dies at Age 77
Chloe Tenn | Jan 3, 2022
The Kenyan fossil finder is known for his discoveries of various Stone Age artifacts and ancient human skulls and skeletons.
man sitting outdoors
E.O. Wilson, Renowned Ant Researcher, Dies at 92
Chloe Tenn | Dec 27, 2021
The naturalist was recognized for his work on social behavior and pheromones in ants and as a champion of wildlife conservation.
Collage of those featured in the article
Remembering Those We Lost in 2021
Lisa Winter | Dec 23, 2021
As the year draws to a close, we look back on researchers we bid farewell to, and the contributions they made to their respective fields.
A ship off the coast of Antarctica approaches a beach
Q&A: How to Keep Antarctica Safe from Invasive Species
Dan Robitzski | Nov 23, 2021
The Scientist spoke with University of Wollongong ecologist Dana Bergstrom about protecting the continent’s native plants and animals in the face of climate change and a growing human presence.
a California condor tending to a chick
Flying Solo: Parthenogenesis Discovered in California Condors
Christie Wilcox | Oct 29, 2021
Genetic analyses uncover asexual reproduction by two female California condors despite access to fertile mates.
view from below of hundreds of silver sardines swimming in the same direction
Famous South African Sardine Run Doesn’t Benefit Sardines: Study
Alex Billow | Oct 19, 2021
An analysis suggests that a commercially important mass migration of fish may have no real adaptive value.
Rhino upside down, in the sky
2021 Ig Nobel Prizes Honor Decongestant Orgasms, Rhino Transport
Lisa Winter | Sep 14, 2021
A full beard can absorb nearly 40 percent of the shock from a punch to the face, according to one winning study.
Fireflies lighting up a tree at night
Firefly Tourism Sparks Calls for Sustainable Practices
Asher Jones | Jun 1, 2021
More and more people are traveling around the world to watch the luminous displays of fireflies, but tourism-related light pollution and habitat degradation threaten to snuff out the insects at some locations.  
David Wake is facing the camera, smiling.
Salamander Expert David Wake Dies at 84
Lisa Winter | May 21, 2021
Throughout his career, the University of California, Berkeley, herpetologist named 144 species of salamanders.
A reticulated giraffe in Samburu National Park, Kenya
Whole-Genome Data Point to Four Species of Giraffe
Ruth Williams | May 6, 2021
The genome sequences of 51 giraffes from all over Africa contribute to the latest attempt in an ongoing pursuit to pin down a species number.
Sponge Names for Sale, Proceeds to go to Conservation Efforts
Asher Jones | May 1, 2021
A tidy-up of a New Zealand storage room led to the sale of naming rights for three new-to-science Galápagos Islands species.