Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
As shelter-in-place orders quieted the city of San Francisco, its sparrow population developed softer, sexier songs.
Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs

As shelter-in-place orders quieted the city of San Francisco, its sparrow population developed softer, sexier songs.

As shelter-in-place orders quieted the city of San Francisco, its sparrow population developed softer, sexier songs.

Tay-Sachs disease, ecology
Field Research Sites Damaged as Fires Ravage West Coast
Field Research Sites Damaged as Fires Ravage West Coast
Shawna Williams | Sep 11, 2020
Flames and smoke have killed dozens of people over the past month and burned hundreds of thousands of acres, causing massive disruptions.
Risk of Extinction Is Greatest for Large Herbivores: Study
Risk of Extinction Is Greatest for Large Herbivores: Study
Ruth Williams | Aug 5, 2020
Data on vertebrate species that have become, or are likely to become, extinct reveal plant eaters are most under threat.
Coronavirus Precautions Stall Antarctic Field Research
Coronavirus Precautions Stall Antarctic Field Research
Amanda Heidt | Jun 15, 2020
The upcoming summer research season has been suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
How Squirrels Use Bird Chatter to Assess Safety
How Squirrels Use Bird Chatter to Assess Safety
Shawna Williams | Jun 1, 2020
An undergraduate research project finds the animals are tuned in to reassuring information from other species.
Researchers Try to Head Off “Murder Hornets” Coming into US
Researchers Try to Head Off “Murder Hornets” Coming into US
Shawna Williams | May 4, 2020
Asian giant hornets were found for the first time in Washington State and could reemerge in the spring.
NIH Cancels Funding for Bat Coronavirus Research Project
NIH Cancels Funding for Bat Coronavirus Research Project
Shawna Williams | Apr 28, 2020
The abrupt termination comes after the research drew President Trump’s attention for its ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Forest Fungi Ride Out Wildfires by Hiding Inside Plants
Forest Fungi Ride Out Wildfires by Hiding Inside Plants
Annie Greene | Apr 1, 2020
Researchers uncover the “body-snatching” tactics of fungi that flourish immediately after wildfires.
Ants Produce Antibiotics that May Protect Plants
Ants Produce Antibiotics that May Protect Plants
Emily Makowski | Mar 1, 2020
The antimicrobial compounds ants excrete to defend themselves from pathogens may protect plants as well.
Blue-Green Algae Produce Methane
Blue-Green Algae Produce Methane
Ruth Williams | Jan 15, 2020
Biological production of this greenhouse gas, once thought to be the reserve of anaerobic microbes, occurs in these widespread, photosynthesizing cyanobacteria.
Diving Beetle Adults and Larvae Dismember, Eat Tadpoles: Study
Diving Beetle Adults and Larvae Dismember, Eat Tadpoles: Study
Catherine Offord | Jan 13, 2020
The invertebrate predators prey on and lay their eggs near emerging tadpoles, potentially threatening the conservation of endangered frogs, researchers find.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Nov 1, 2019
Meet some of the people featured in the November 2019 issue of The Scientist.
Squirrels Listen to Birdsong for Safety Cues
Squirrels Listen to Birdsong for Safety Cues
Emily Makowski | Sep 5, 2019
Eastern gray squirrels appear to ease up on vigilance behavior when the birds sound calm.
Guam’s Coral Reefs Ravaged by Warming Oceans
Guam’s Coral Reefs Ravaged by Warming Oceans
Catherine Offord | Jul 31, 2019
Bleaching killed 34 percent of the island’s reefs between 2013 and 2017, a study finds.
Image of the Day: Tree Hugger
Image of the Day: Tree Hugger
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 29, 2019
Water flows between a dead-looking stump and nearby trees on an alternating schedule.
Amidst UK Pollinator Declines, Migrant Hoverflies Are Doing Well
Amidst UK Pollinator Declines, Migrant Hoverflies Are Doing Well
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 13, 2019
A decade-long study tallies the numbers of pest-eating, flower-pollinating hoverflies that travel to the UK every year, and illustrates their important ecological roles in southern Britain.
Antarctic Emperor Penguin Colony Faces Collapse
Antarctic Emperor Penguin Colony Faces Collapse
Jef Akst | Apr 25, 2019
After three years with very few new chicks, the birds are abandoning one of the biggest breeding sites on the continent, satellite images show.
Widespread Declines in UK’s Pollinators: Study
Widespread Declines in UK’s Pollinators: Study
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 26, 2019
Over 30 years, one-third of the wild bees and hoverfly species surveyed sustained losses, likely due to pesticides, habitat loss, and climate change.
Gene Drive–Equipped Mosquitoes Released into Lab Environment
Gene Drive–Equipped Mosquitoes Released into Lab Environment
Jef Akst | Feb 20, 2019
The large-scale experiments aim to test how the technology would fare in the wild, if deployed to knock down populations of the pests.
New Global Trade Route Could Shuttle Invasive Species
New Global Trade Route Could Shuttle Invasive Species
K.V. Venkatasubramanian | Feb 19, 2019
China’s ongoing Belt and Road Initiative passes through areas that are already at risk of swapping organisms.