• The Water of Life

    Today’s paper investigated how temporal and spatial variation in ecosystem productivity affected a desert ecosystem.

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  • Invasive Snails and Their Hippo Victims

    Invasive animals are a problem, but one additional problem they can bring is the parasites infecting them. Today’s study dissected a local food web to determine if an invasive snail host brought its parasites with it, and what that means for the resident species.

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  • Getting to Know Your Long-Term Monitoring Data

    Nature is complicated and the environment is vast. How can we possibly learn all there is to know about our surroundings? Aspects of our natural world like life population dynamics and life histories influence the very survival of species, but understanding these requires data from long time periods.

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  • After The Hare Comes The Tortoise: Monitoring The Effect Of A Deliberately Introduced Reptile

    Turning an ecosystem that has been ruined by humans back into a thriving natural world is a long, difficult task, but it is possible. One method for making it easier is re-introducing species that we’ve wiped out. But can that reintroduction backfire, if the original species has gone extinct, and we’re forced to use a replacement?

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  • Putting a Price on Nature

    How do we motivate people to protect ecosystems? At this stage in the climate crisis, many of us are very aware that ecosystem destruction and biodiversity loss are huge problems. However, there are also people who aren’t very aware of the scale of ecosystem destruction. Motivating these people to protect ecosystems – or at least stop destroying them – is a huge problem. A problem so big, some people have even tried to throw money at it.

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  • Waking Up on The Wrong Side Of The Bat

    This week’s study looks at bats! When do they go into torpor, and does being better fed enable them to stave off this hibernation-like state? Is it the key to their survival in the far northern hemisphere?

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  • To Stab, Or Not To Be Stabbed: The Sex Lives of Flatworms

    Would you rather stab, or be on the receiving end of a stab? This may seem like a confronting question, but it’s the dilemma many flatworms face when a mating opportunity arises.

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  • Great Minds (Don’t Always) Think Alike: Recognising Animal Intelligence

    The expression “cunning as a fox” will need no explanation. Our fascination (or in some cases disregard for) the intelligence of animals, and our comparison of animals to our own levels of intelligence, have been a part of language for centuries.

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Putting a Price on Nature

How do we motivate people to protect ecosystems? At this stage in the climate crisis, many of us are very aware that ecosystem destruction and biodiversity loss are huge problems. However, there are also people who aren’t very aware of the scale of ecosystem destruction. Motivating these people to protect ecosystems – or at least stop destroying them – is a huge problem. A problem so big, some people have even tried to throw money at it.

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