New research reveals that a species of bird 'paints' its own eggs with bacteria which protect the embryo
Researchers from the University of Granada and the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) have found that hoophoes cover their eggs with a secretion produced by themselves, loaded with mutualistic bacteria, ...
Sea urchins from Antarctica show adaptation to ocean acidification
A study of sea urchins from the Antarctic Peninsula has revealed an ability to adapt to changing conditions such as rising sea temperature and acidification. Writing in the Journal of Animal Ecology the au ...
Grasshoppers signal slow recovery of post-agricultural woodlands, study finds
Sixty years ago, the plows ended their reign and the fields were allowed to return to nature—allowed to become the woodland forests they once were.
Lionfish analysis reveals most vulnerable prey as invasion continues
If you live in lionfish territory in the Atlantic Ocean, the last thing you want to be is a small fish with a long, skinny body, resting by yourself at night, near the bottom of the seafloor.
Ebola has profound effects on wildlife population dynamics
New research in gorillas that were affected by an Ebola virus outbreak shows that disease can influence reproductive potential, immigration and social dynamics, and it highlights the need to develop complex ...
Wolf mother deaths threaten pack survival but not population
When a breeding wolf dies, its sex and the size of its pack can determine whether that pack continues, according to research published July online by the Journal of Animal Ecology.
Animal trapping records reveal strong wolf effect across North America
Scientists have used coyote and red fox fur trapping records across North America to document how the presence of wolves influences the balance of smaller predators further down the food chain.
Habitat loss on breeding grounds cause of monarch decline, study finds
Habitat loss on breeding grounds in the United States – not on wintering grounds in Mexico – is the main cause of recent and projected population declines of migratory monarch butterflies in eastern North America, according ...
Parasites fail to halt European bumblebee invasion of the UK
A species of bee from Europe that has stronger resistance to parasite infections than native bumblebees has spread across the UK, according to new research at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Family room: Wolves need enemy-free space to raise offspring say ecologists
Without adequate space to raise their offspring, wolf packs lash out at competing clans and fight to the death to protect their turf.
Model shows long-distance migration can lower risk of disease transmission, impact
Animals that migrate long distances are often implicated in the spread of infectious diseases, but there is growing evidence that long-distance migration may actually lower the risks of pathogen transmission ...
Cheetahs found to use spatial avoidance techniques to allow for surviving among lions
Europe's largest badger study finds rare long-distance movements
Animal movement is a key part of population ecology, helping us understand how species use their environment and maintain viable populations. In many territorial species, most movements occur within a home range. Occasionally, ...
Peaceful bumblebee becomes invasive
Bumblebees look cute. They have a thick fur, fly somewhat clumsily and are less aggressive than honeybees or wasps. They are very much appreciated by farmers as keen pollen collectors. Particularly in the ...
New insight on wild nights: Study examines influence of moonlight on predators and prey
It sounds like a scene straight from "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom"—by day, lions lounge under shade trees, but by night, the big cats rule the savannah, relying on a combination of exceptional vision ...