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Shane Campbell-Staton Dissects the Anthropocene
The Princeton University evolutionary biologist studies how animals are changing due to human activity.
Shane Campbell-Staton Dissects the Anthropocene
Shane Campbell-Staton Dissects the Anthropocene

The Princeton University evolutionary biologist studies how animals are changing due to human activity.

The Princeton University evolutionary biologist studies how animals are changing due to human activity.

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Q&A: Tire Rubber Preservative Harms Coho Salmon, Study Suggests
Max Kozlov | Dec 7, 2020 | 5 min read
6PPD, a tire preservative, reacts with ozone to produce a compound that the researchers say may be responsible for large die-off events.
Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
Ruth Williams | Sep 24, 2020 | 4 min read
As shelter-in-place orders quieted the city of San Francisco, its sparrow population developed softer, sexier songs.
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Image of the Day: Fish Fences
Chia-Yi Hou | May 22, 2019 | 1 min read
Structures built in tropical coastal waters capture fish, but harm the ecosystem and may lead to overfishing.
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Prehistoric Microbes Inhabit an Oasis in the Northern Mexican Desert
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2019 | 4 min read
The blue lagoons of the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin provide a glimpse into the planet’s ancient past.
Infographic: How Cities Influence Evolution
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2019 | 2 min read
Urban environments are driving genetic changes in resident species through multiple mechanisms, from establishing gene flow barriers to exerting novel selection pressures.
Cities Can Serve as Cauldrons of Evolution
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2019 | 10+ min read
From changes in gene flow to adaptation, the effects of urbanization are shaping the evolutionary trajectories of plants and animals.
Soft Robotics Find a Place in the Ocean
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 1, 2018 | 4 min read
Scientists who designed a marine robot to survey ocean life were inspired by eel larvae.
Germany Sees Drastic Decrease in Insects
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 18, 2017 | 4 min read
A 27-year-long study finds insect biomass has declined by about 75 percent. 
Bees Live the City Life in Detroit
Catherine Offord | Sep 1, 2017 | 4 min read
Important pollinators under threat from habitat destruction, bumblebees may find refuge on vacant land throughout Michigan’s largest metropolis.
City Bees
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2017 | 1 min read
See the urban landscapes in Detroit where researchers are studying the fates of pollinators that adopt a metropolitan lifestyle.
Ecotourism: Biological Benefit or Bane?
Benjamin Geffroy, Daniel T. Blumstein, Eduardo Bessa, and Diogo S.M. Samia | Aug 3, 2017 | 4 min read
As nature-based tourism becomes more popular, considering the ecological effects of the practice becomes paramount.
Owl Be Darned
The Scientist Staff | Dec 4, 2015 | 1 min read
Researchers studying city-dwelling birds are learning about which animals are more suited to urban life.
Salamander Evolution
Dan Cossins | May 31, 2013 | 1 min read
Yale University evolutionary biologist Steven Brady studies the evolutionary impacts of roads on the amphibians.
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