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Ecology

March Mammal Madness, Science Communication’s “Big Dance,” Is Back

David ShiffmanMar 6, 2017

The annual Twitter event returns with 64 mammal species ready to fight to the virtual death for your entertainment and education.

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Using Twitter Hashtags for Science Education

David ShiffmanFeb 7, 2017

#CougarOrNot, #NotACopperhead, #DamOrNot, and #ButtOfWhat open up conversations about the joys and challenges of walking in an ecologist’s shoes (or… hiking boots).

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Wetlands: Climate Change, Restoration, and Management

Katie L. BurkeSep 9, 2016

As the climate changes, wetlands around the world experience major shifts in their functioning that can put biodiversity and ecosystem services at risk. Understanding these changes can enable better wetlands management and restoration.

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Evolution of Sleep and Sleep Disorders

Robert FrederickMar 30, 2016

An evolutionary anthropologist thinks there are three particular ways that natural selection has made our sleep different from that of other great apes.

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Emerging Entomology Research from a New Biodiversity Hotspot

Matthew BertoneMar 22, 2016

At a regional meeting in the southeastern United States, bug experts revealed new research in taxonomy, invasion biology, disease ecology, and microbiomics.

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Confessions of a Herbarium-Savvy Field Biologist

Carolyn BeansDec 7, 2015

With natural history collections in decline, what's a busy researcher to do with specimens from past studies?

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Slideshow: Where the Xingu Bends and Will Soon Break

Katie L. Burke, Barbara AulicinoOct 21, 2015

A hotly contested megadam threatens an incubator for evolutionary diversity in Brazil.

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Timeline of the Controversial Belo Monte Megadam in Brazil

Mark Sabaj PérezOct 14, 2015

The history of the Belo Monte dam is fraught with controversy and legal battles, dating back to 1979.

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Pros and Cons of the U.S. Federal Strategy to Protect Pollinators

Kaitlin Stack WhitneySep 17, 2015

While it is laudable to have focused and measurable goals for such a far-reaching federal strategy, in terms of lands and agencies implicated, the three goals of the White House pollinator plan are surprisingly limited in scope.

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May Berenbaum on the New U. S. Strategy to Promote Pollinator Health

Heather ThorstensenJun 19, 2015

The recipient of Sigma Xi’s 2015 John P. McGovern Science and Society Award, entomologist May Berenbaum, has been called on as a public expert on honeybees. She shares her thoughts with Heather Thorstensen, Sigma Xi’s manager of communications, on the recently released—and the first—National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.

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6 Misconceptions About Saving the Bees

Kaitlin Stack WhitneyJun 16, 2015

As an insect ecologist, the driving force behind my career choices is to conserve insects and biodiversity, but I often feel like those who sound the call to “Save the bees!” are missing the point. In honor of National Pollinator Week, I’d like to add some nuance that seems to be missing from the conversation so far, particularly with regard to pollinators and pesticides.

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