Polar Bear Researcher Markus Dyck Dies in Helicopter Crash
Polar Bear Researcher Markus Dyck Dies in Helicopter Crash
Dyck was widely respected for working alongside indigenous groups as he studied polar bears on their ancestral lands.
Polar Bear Researcher Markus Dyck Dies in Helicopter Crash
Polar Bear Researcher Markus Dyck Dies in Helicopter Crash

Dyck was widely respected for working alongside indigenous groups as he studied polar bears on their ancestral lands.

Dyck was widely respected for working alongside indigenous groups as he studied polar bears on their ancestral lands.

wildlife biology
Wild Birds Remember a Novel Task for Nearly Two Years
Wild Birds Remember a Novel Task for Nearly Two Years
Amy Schleunes | Feb 18, 2020
A population of North Island robins in a New Zealand sanctuary provides a unique system for investigating the memory skills of birds in the wild.
Image of the Day: Bobcat Sighting
Image of the Day: Bobcat Sighting
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 29, 2019
A camera trap snaps a photo of a wild bobcat in a location new to scientists studying the animals’ geographical range in Ohio.
Cities Can Serve as Cauldrons of Evolution
Cities Can Serve as Cauldrons of Evolution
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2019
From changes in gene flow to adaptation, the effects of urbanization are shaping the evolutionary trajectories of plants and animals.
Wildlife Populations Have Shrunk by 60 Percent Since 1970
Wildlife Populations Have Shrunk by 60 Percent Since 1970
Kerry Grens | Oct 30, 2018
A new report finds the decline in vertebrate abundance over the past four decades is most severe in South and Central America.
Infographic: Choosing the Right Umbrella
Infographic: Choosing the Right Umbrella
Amy Lewis | Jul 31, 2018
Researchers must consider the entire ecosystem when planning conservation strategies.
Newly Described Salamander Species Nearly Extinct
Newly Described Salamander Species Nearly Extinct
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 21, 2018
The Chinese giant salamander is not one but five different species.
Image of the Day: Hammerhead
Image of the Day: Hammerhead
The Scientist Staff | May 21, 2018
This hammer-headed fruit bat is wearing a GPS tracker deployed by researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The Breeds of Guard Dogs that Best Protect Livestock: Study
The Breeds of Guard Dogs that Best Protect Livestock: Study
Jim Daley | Mar 12, 2018
Preliminary results from a USDA study reveal that imported guard dogs outperform those traditionally used in the U.S. to fend off wolves and coyotes.
Science Behind Hunting Quotas Unavailable: Study
Science Behind Hunting Quotas Unavailable: Study
Ruth Williams | Mar 7, 2018
A large-scale survey of wild game regulations in North America finds science-based policies lacking, and poor transparency on the part of agencies may contribute.  
Social Dominance Comes At a Cost
Social Dominance Comes At a Cost
Richard Kemeny | Mar 5, 2018
Dominant male mammals are particularly at risk of infection by parasites.
Paradise Regained: How the Palmyra Atoll Got Rid of Invasive Mosquitoes
Paradise Regained: How the Palmyra Atoll Got Rid of Invasive Mosquitoes
Ruth Williams | Feb 28, 2018
The elimination of the biting pests was an added bonus after researchers unleashed a rat-eradication endeavor on the tiny islands.  
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.
Do Pathogens Gain Virulence as Hosts Become More Resistant?
Do Pathogens Gain Virulence as Hosts Become More Resistant?
Andrew F. Read and Peter J. Kerr | Oct 1, 2017
Emerging infections provide clues about how pathogens might evolve when farm animals are protected from infection.
Infographic: Evolving Virulence
Infographic: Evolving Virulence
Andrew F. Read and Peter J. Kerr | Sep 30, 2017
Tracking the myxoma virus in the wild rabbit populations of Australia has yielded insight into how pathogens and their hosts evolve.
Notable Science Quotes
Notable Science Quotes
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2017
Wildebeest, science advice for Trump, antibiotics, and more
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.
Great Lakes Gray Wolf to Retain Endangered Status
Great Lakes Gray Wolf to Retain Endangered Status
Catherine Offord | Aug 2, 2017
A US Court of Appeals ruled that the Interior Department acted prematurely in removing the animals from the endangered species list.
A Snake Species Not Seen Alive for 64 Years Appears in Brazil
A Snake Species Not Seen Alive for 64 Years Appears in Brazil
Ignacio Amigo | Jun 1, 2017
Locals helped researchers find the extremely rare boa.