Tasmanian devils survived two big falls in numbers but now need help
Most people probably know the Tasmanian devil as the iconic animal from Australia's island state of Tasmania. Fewer know that, up until a few thousand years ago, devils were widespread across mainland Australia.
Project aims to turn mobile phones into detectors of disease-spreading insects
Insects transmit many of the world's most infectious diseases, but there has been a decline in the expertise needed to recognize species of insects most likely to transmit illness to people.
Quest for education creating graying ghost towns at top of the world
Ethnic Tibetan communities in Nepal's highlands are rapidly shrinking as more parents send their children away for a better education and modern careers, a trend that threatens to create a region of graying ...
Captive elephants in Laos face extinction
(Phys.org) —The captive elephant population in Laos will be extinct in just over a century if current management practices do not change, a University of Queensland study has found.
Iconic Galapagos bird suffering population decline
One of the iconic birds of the Galapagos Islands, the blue-footed booby, has suffered a sharp population decline, authorities in the Ecuadoran archipelago said Wednesday, blaming overfishing.
Indigenous societies' 'first contact' typically brings collapse, but rebounds are possible
It was disastrous when Europeans first arrived in what would become Brazil—95 percent of its population, the majority of its tribes, and essentially all of its urban and agricultural infrastructure vanished. The experiences ...
Infected Tasmanian devils reveal how cancer cells evolve in response to humans
Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) has ravaged the world's largest carnivorous marsupial since it emerged in 1996, resulting in a population decline of over 90%. Conservation work to defeat the ...
Disease, not climate change, fueling frog declines in the Andes, study finds
A deadly fungus, and not climate change as is widely believed, is the primary culprit behind the rapid decline of frog populations in the Andes mountains, according to a new study published today in the journal ...
Introducing species to change ecosystems is a balancing act
Species hold ecosystems in a delicate balance. From time to time humans introduce non-native species to an ecosystem, because they may be needed for domestic work, as pets, for carrying loads or even for ...
S. Africa rhino poaching toll hits record near 700
Poachers have killed a record 688 rhinos in South Africa so far this year, more than the entire number slaughtered in 2012, according to figures issued Sunday, World Rhino Day.
Researchers turn to cannons to save elusive birds
Wildlife researchers on Cape Cod are tagging some of the elusive shorebirds known as red knots.
Early-warning system to prevent fishery collapse discovered
Threats from overfishing can be detected early enough to save fisheries— and livelihoods —with minimal adjustments in harvesting practices, a new study by researchers in the University of Minnesota's ...
Aquatic ecologist wants to free species from evolutionary traps
Jennifer Schopf Rehage, assistant professor in the FIU Department of Earth and Environment, has co-authored an article on evolutionary traps, a relatively new phenomenon affecting species in rapidly changing ...
Females lead population collapse of the endangered Hawaii creeper
(Phys.org) —Only 22 to 28 percent of the remaining adult population of the endangered Hawai'i creeper (Oreomystis mana) found in the southern portion of the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge is female, ...