Saving coral reefs depends more on protecting fish than safeguarding locations
A new study by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has found that coral reef diversity 'hotspots' in the southwestern Indian Ocean rely more on the biomass of fish than where they are located, a conclusion that has major ...
Bird beaks feeling the heat of climate change, say scientists
While the human population grapples with ways to counter the effects of climate change, Deakin University research has discovered that birds might have been working on their own solution for the past 145 years – grow bigger ...
Plant dispersal insights may aid climate change predictions
Explanations for why the same plant groups occur in Australia, New Zealand, and South America have been deeply controversial. By comparing broad patterns of climatic history to age and habitat information for more than 70 ...
Shrinking range of pikas in California mountains linked to climate change
The American pika, a small animal with a big personality that has long delighted hikers and backpackers, is disappearing from low-elevation sites in California mountains, and the cause appears to be climate change, according ...
City life key to harlequin ladybird invasion
A new paper published in the Journal of Biogeography today concludes that the harlequin ladybird, an invasive alien species first recorded in the UK in 2004, has a preference for urban areas and sunnier habitats.
Not at home on the range
A new study on parasites that infect a marine snail suggests that though hosts might expand their geographical range, the parasites don't always follow.
Small birds capitalize on weather patterns during epic migrations
(Phys.org) —In one of the greatest feats of endurance in the biological world, millions of tiny songbirds—many weighing less than an ounce—migrate thousands of miles to Central and South America each year. Now scientists ...
Addressing feral cats' diet may help protect native species
Because reducing the impacts of feral cats—domestic cats that have returned to the wild—is a priority for conservation efforts across the globe, a research team recently reviewed the animals' diet across Australia and ...
How blood parasites colonize and persist in small island bird populations
A new study highlights the complex factors at play for parasites that infect animal populations residing on small islands. The findings are important for understanding colonization and extinction as drivers of island biogeography.
Invading crabs could threaten life in the Antarctic
Life on the Antarctic sea floor is under threat from crabs that could invade the area thanks to favorable conditions as a result of global warming, researchers warn.