American Institute of Biological Sciences

Concealed patterns beneath life's variety

Although the tropics appear to the casual observer to be busily buzzing and blooming with life's rich variety when compared with temperate and polar regions—a fact that scientists have thoroughly documented—the distribution ...

dateJun 01, 2010 in Ecology
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Eastern US forests resume decline

After increasing during much of the 20th century, forest cover in the eastern United States in recent decades has resumed its previous decline, according to an exhaustive new analysis published in the April 2010 issue of ...

dateApr 07, 2010 in Environment
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Shifting Baselines Confound River Restoration

Steep reductions in the abundance of fish, shellfish, and other aquatic fauna in recent centuries are not restricted to animals that live in the sea: historical records show that species in rivers and lakes worldwide also ...

dateSep 01, 2009 in Ecology
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Mangrove-dependent animals globally threatened

More than 40 percent of a sample of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds that are restricted to mangrove ecosystems are globally threatened with extinction, according to an assessment published in the July/August issue ...

dateJul 01, 2009 in Ecology
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Climate change threatens Lake Baikal's unique biota

Siberia's Lake Baikal, the world's largest and most biologically diverse lake, faces the prospect of severe ecological disruption as a result of climate change, according to an analysis by a joint US-Russian team in the May ...

dateMay 01, 2009 in Environment
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Invasives threaten salmon in Pacific Northwest

Many native fishes in the Pacific Northwest are threatened or endangered, notably salmonids, and hundreds of millions of dollars are expended annually on researching their populations and on amelioration efforts.

dateMar 02, 2009 in Ecology
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West Nile's North American spread described

The rapid spread of West Nile virus in North America over the past decade is likely to have long-lasting ecological consequences throughout the continent, according to an article in the November issue of BioScience. The m ...

dateNov 03, 2008 in
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Thawing permafrost likely to boost global warming

The thawing of permafrost in northern latitudes, which greatly increases microbial decomposition of carbon compounds in soil, will dominate other effects of warming in the region and could become a major force promoting the ...

dateSep 01, 2008 in
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Rolling old river is indeed changing

The Hudson River has changed in many far-reaching ways over the past quarter-century as a result of human activity, reports a team of researchers in the June issue of BioScience. Zebra mussels and other invasive species have c ...

dateJun 02, 2014 in Ecology
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Natural history must reclaim its place

Support in developed countries for natural history—the study of the fundamental nature of organisms and how and where they live and interact with their environment—appears to be in steep decline. Yet natural history provides ...

dateMar 26, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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