ecology, science policy, climate change
US State Department Names New Science Envoys
US State Department Names New Science Envoys
Shawna Williams | Jun 13, 2018
The five high-profile scientists are charged with helping strengthen international cooperation.
Africa’s Oldest Baobab Trees Are Dying Suddenly
Africa’s Oldest Baobab Trees Are Dying Suddenly
Catherine Offord | Jun 12, 2018
Although more evidence is needed to pin down a cause, researchers suspect that climate change is to blame.
Europe Favors “Mission-Oriented” Research in €100B Budget Proposal
Europe Favors “Mission-Oriented” Research in €100B Budget Proposal
Catherine Offord | Jun 11, 2018
The plan would also allow non-EU countries to pay to participate in EU research programs, albeit without wielding “decisional power.”
After Relocation, an Endangered Species Stops Avoiding Predator Scents
After Relocation, an Endangered Species Stops Avoiding Predator Scents
Abby Olena | Jun 6, 2018
Researchers find that conserving marsupials on a predator-free island dampens their avoidance behaviors, which could mean trouble for their reintroduction to mainland Australia.
Productivity Paradox
Productivity Paradox
Jim Daley | Jun 1, 2018
During the last ice age, there wasn’t much plant matter to eat on northern steppes, but herbivorous woolly mammoths were abundant. How did they survive?
Infographic: Gassy Genes
Infographic: Gassy Genes
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2018

Soil scientists get bacteria to report on what their neighbors are up to.

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.
Image of the Day: Water Flea
Image of the Day: Water Flea
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 29, 2018
A species of water flea in northern Belgium that helps keep algae in check is growing smaller and less abundant in urbanized areas. 
Great Barrier Reef Experienced Five Massive Die-Offs in 30,000 Years
Great Barrier Reef Experienced Five Massive Die-Offs in 30,000 Years
Catherine Offord | May 28, 2018
The reef has bounced back from “death events” in the past, but that doesn’t mean it will be resilient over the next few decades.
Image of the Day: White Weasel
Image of the Day: White Weasel
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 28, 2018
In Poland, researchers are observing fewer white-coated weasels as the snow melts a little earlier every year, leaving the animals exposed to predators.