News tagged with ecosystems

Ecology research paper wins national award

Humans are known to alter the planet. One efficient way is by adding new species to ecosystems. People accidentally (and oftentimes deliberately) transport species from place to place in airplanes, boats ...

Aug 04, 2014 5 / 5 (1) 0

Climate change is fueling forest disturbances

Climate change is already altering the environment. Long-lived ecosystems such as forests are particularly vulnerable to the comparatively rapid changes in the climate system. A new international study published ...

Aug 04, 2014 3.8 / 5 (5) 0

Underwater elephants

In the high-tech world of science, researchers sometimes need to get back to basics. UC Santa Barbara's Douglas McCauley did just that to study the impacts of the bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) on cor ...

Jul 29, 2014 4.7 / 5 (3) 0

Rethinking the reef

A new study by biologists at San Diego State University and Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows that inhabited coral islands that engage in commercial fishing dramatically alter their nearby reef ecosystems, ...

Jul 03, 2014 5 / 5 (2) 0

Whales as ecosystem engineers

"Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part," wrote Herman Melville in Moby Dick. Today, we no longer dread whales, but their subtlety ...

Jul 03, 2014 3.9 / 5 (8) 0