ecosystems
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 16, 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.