Invertebrate Density Influences Plant Flowering Times, Abundance
Invertebrate Density Influences Plant Flowering Times, Abundance
An experimental study explores how plant communities may be affected by future declines in invertebrate populations.
Invertebrate Density Influences Plant Flowering Times, Abundance
Invertebrate Density Influences Plant Flowering Times, Abundance

An experimental study explores how plant communities may be affected by future declines in invertebrate populations.

An experimental study explores how plant communities may be affected by future declines in invertebrate populations.

ecosystems
Image of the Day: Bubbling Plants
Image of the Day: Bubbling Plants
Emily Makowski | Nov 18, 2019
Plants use two different strategies to photosynthesize underwater.
Image of the Day: Pika Populations
Image of the Day: Pika Populations
Emily Makowski | Sep 24, 2019
Geography plays a role in how the small mammals adapt to environmental changes.
An Invasive Midge Could Wreak Havoc on Antarctica
An Invasive Midge Could Wreak Havoc on Antarctica
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 19, 2018
The insects have already transformed parts of Signy Island in the South Atlantic Ocean and could drastically change Antarctic ecosystems if introduced by humans.
California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison
California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison
Catherine Offord | Jan 14, 2018
Researchers suspect the source of the toxins may be some of the state’s 50,000 or so marijuana farms.
From Mass Death, Life
From Mass Death, Life
Steve Graff | Aug 15, 2017
When thousands of animals die during mass migrations, ecosystems accommodate the corpses and new cycles are set in motion.
Life Springs Eternal
Life Springs Eternal
The Scientist Staff | Aug 15, 2017
When scores of migrating wildebeest fail to survive a treacherous river crossing, their corpses fuel thriving ecosystems.
A Grisly Stork Buffet
A Grisly Stork Buffet
The Scientist Staff | Aug 15, 2017
Marabou storks on Kenya’s Mara River feast on the carcasses of migrating wildebeest that failed to make it across the waterway.
Evolution’s Quick Pace Affects Ecosystem Dynamics
Evolution’s Quick Pace Affects Ecosystem Dynamics
Jef Akst | May 1, 2017
From fish harvests to cottonwood forests, organisms display evidence that species change can occur on timescales that can influence ecological processes.
Infographic: Watching Evolution in Real Time
Infographic: Watching Evolution in Real Time
Jef Akst | Apr 30, 2017
Guppies transplanted between different communities in Trinidadian streams evolved in response to changes in predation threat in just a few generations.
Ocean Acidification Affects Fish Spawning
Ocean Acidification Affects Fish Spawning
Alison F. Takemura | Jul 26, 2016
Researchers report the first evidence that acidified waters alter the ocellated wrasse’s reproductive behavior in the wild.
Prominent Ecologist Dies
Prominent Ecologist Dies
Catherine Offord | Jun 15, 2016
Bob Paine, best known for introducing the idea of “keystone species,” has passed away at age 83.
Parallel Plagues
Parallel Plagues
Sean B. Carroll | Apr 1, 2016
Like cancer, ecological scourges result from the breakdown of regulatory processes, and may be treated with similar logic.
Life Scientists Receive National Medals
Life Scientists Receive National Medals
Karen Zusi | Dec 24, 2015
The White House announces the recipients of this year’s US National Medals of Science and of Technology and Innovation.
Frog Nurseries
Frog Nurseries
Jenny Rood | Feb 9, 2015
Mimicking the rainforest water holes left by peccaries can help boost frog populations, a study suggests.
Subglacial Ecosystem
Subglacial Ecosystem
Jef Akst | Aug 22, 2014
Samples from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life.
Wild Relatives
Wild Relatives
Hannes Dempewolf, Nora P. Castañeda-Álvarez, Colin K. Khoury | Jun 1, 2014
As rich sources of genetic diversity, the progenitors and kin of today’s food crops hold great promise for improving production in agriculture’s challenging future.
Loss of Bees Bad for Plants
Loss of Bees Bad for Plants
Chris Palmer | Jul 23, 2013
Removing just a single bee species from an ecosystem can decrease the ability of the remaining species to pollinate plants.
An Ocean of Viruses
An Ocean of Viruses
Joshua S. Weitz and Steven W. Wilhelm | Jul 1, 2013
Viruses abound in the world’s oceans, yet researchers are only beginning to understand how they affect life and chemistry from the water’s surface to the sea floor.
Modeling All Life?
Modeling All Life?
Ed Yong | Jan 28, 2013
A proposal to simulate all of Earth’s ecosystems is exposing a rift between small and big ecology.