• Good News In Case Environmental Anxiety Has You Down

    th the constant deluge of environmental disasters and newly endangered or extinct species, it’s sometimes easy to think there is only ever bad news when it comes to nature. But there is good news lurking out there, and it’s a source of hope, inspiration and action for many. So let’s have a look at some success stories from the past month.

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  • What’s In A Wolf Scat? New DNA-Based Method To Detect Prey From Carnivore Scats

    This week, Cecilia di Bernardi describes her latest research, a new method for determining what sort of species large predators like wolves have been eating.

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  • On The Trail Of Explosive Seaweed Blooms

    You’ve probably heard of the Sargasso Sea – it is well-known for the floating seaweed called Sargassum that provides a habitat for baby sea turtles and many other sea critters. For the last 10 years, Sargassum seaweed has spread throughout more of the Atlantic Ocean and become a problem, with blooms affecting the Caribbean, states surrounding the Gulf of Mexico, South America and even Africa.

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  • Divided and Conquered

    Image credit: Alex Proimos, CC BY-NC 2.0, Image Cropped Experimental habitat fragmentation disrupts nematode infections in Australian skinks (2019), Resasco et al., Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2547 The Crux Habitat destruction is an

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  • The Species On The Globe Go Round And Round

    While I continuously hear my little one’s nursery rhyme about a certain stuff going round and round, I think, what else moves round and round in my field? Species! They move around as they are looking for a mate, food, to avoid cold weather, the list goes on. They occupy a reasonable range that can be handled by their bodily functions, and either stay in that range or move when the environment changes. A species’ historical movement is one of the most important aspects of its natural history.

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  • Investigating the Financial Costs of Invasive Species

    I write near constantly about non-native species on Ecology for the Masses, but I mainly focus on the negative impacts that many of them have on native ecosystems. Yet often if we want to really kick off initiatives to manage invasive non-native species, we need to point out the financial burden that many of them bring.

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Current Issues

Good News In Case Environmental Anxiety Has You Down

th the constant deluge of environmental disasters and newly endangered or extinct species, it’s sometimes easy to think there is only ever bad news when it comes to nature. But there is good news lurking out there, and it’s a source of hope, inspiration and action for many. So let’s have a look at some success stories from the past month.

The Species On The Globe Go Round And Round

While I continuously hear my little one’s nursery rhyme about a certain stuff going round and round, I think, what else moves round and round in my field? Species! They move around as they are looking for a mate, food, to avoid cold weather, the list goes on. They occupy a reasonable range that can be handled by their bodily functions, and either stay in that range or move when the environment changes. A species’ historical movement is one of the most important aspects of its natural history.

Giving A Voice To The High Seas

For too long we have taken what we need for our growth and prosperity, leaving almost no untouched region on earth. However, there is a gigantic area that our actions so far have nearly escaped: The high seas. Now, scientists call for support for the High Seas Treaty to be negotiated by the UN at the end of 2021.

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On The Trail Of Explosive Seaweed Blooms

You’ve probably heard of the Sargasso Sea – it is well-known for the floating seaweed called Sargassum that provides a habitat for baby sea turtles and many other sea critters. For the last 10 years, Sargassum seaweed has spread throughout more of the Atlantic Ocean and become a problem, with blooms affecting the Caribbean, states surrounding the Gulf of Mexico, South America and even Africa.