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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 habita ...
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.
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 ...
How have changing sea-levels influenced evolution on the Galapagos Islands?
The Galapagos Islands have an iconic status in the history of evolutionary study, now new research shows that the islands' own geological past may have influenced the evolution of the chain's native species.
Cyclones carry coral across WA reefs
New modelling suggests cyclones in WA's north-west create conditions that allow coral larvae to rapidly travel distances between inland and mid-shelf reefs.
Scientists pinpoint potential oases in a changing climate
(Phys.org) —Breakthrough research on identifying potential climate oases, called microrefugia, could set a new standard for reducing risk in land management, writes UTS research fellow Dr John Gollan.
Framework for palm biogeography: Researchers establish a hypothesis for the evolution of palms in time and space
A series of papers in scientific journals has established a general framework for the biogeographical evolution of palms.
Archaeologists find new evidence of animals being introduced to prehistoric Caribbean
An archaeological research team from North Carolina State University, the University of Washington and University of Florida has found one of the most diverse collections of prehistoric non-native animal remains ...
A Spanish botanist searches for prehistoric flora refuges in China
Jordi Lopez of the Barcelona Botanical Institute has joined local researchers in a study to locate and define "havens and museums of flora" in China areas where vegetation resisted the glaciations of ...
Amazon rainforest splits along geological lines
From above the Amazon rainforest may look like an endless, uniform sea of greenery, but it turns out there are sharp lines through it separating very different ecosystems with distinct inhabitants. And these ...