MarineBio Conservation SocietyEcosystem News   :: ScienceDaily

Government transparency limited when it comes to America's conserved private lands

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:48:09 EDT ~ A new study examined why private-land conservation data is sometimes inaccessible and found that limited capacity within some federal agencies as well as laws prohibiting others from disclosing certain information are to blame. Find out more...

Changing climate could have devastating impact on forest carbon storage

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:39:19 EDT ~ Biologists have shown what could be a startling drop in the amount of carbon stored in the Sierra Nevada mountains due to projected climate change and wildfire events. Find out more...

Tiny shells indicate big changes to global carbon cycle

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:13:26 EDT ~ Experiments with tiny, shelled organisms in the ocean suggest big changes to the global carbon cycle are underway, according to a new study. Find out more...

Effective restoration of aquatic ecosystems

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:03:28 EDT ~ Despite having increased human wellbeing in the past, intense modifications by multiple and interacting pressures have degraded ecosystems and the sustainability of their goods and services. For ecosystem restoration to deliver on multiple environmental and societal targets, the process of restoration must be redesigned to create a unified and scale-dependent approach that integrates natural and social sciences as well as the broader restoration community, say researchers. Find out more...

Going with the flow: The forces that affect species' movements in a changing climate

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:45:03 EDT ~ Ocean currents affect how climate change impacts movements of species to cooler regions. A new study provides novel insight into how species' distributions change from the interaction between climate change and ocean currents. Find out more...

Increasing aridity and land-use overlap have potential to cause social and economic conflict in dryland areas

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:12:56 EDT ~ Drylands are of environmental concern because broad-scale changes in these systems have the potential to affect 36 percent of the world's human population, suggests new research. Find out more...

Wolves need space to roam to control expanding coyote populations

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:37:19 EDT ~ Wolves and other top predators need large ranges to be able to control smaller predators whose populations have expanded, according to a new study. The results were similar across three continents, showing that as top predators' ranges were cut back and fragmented, they were no longer able to control smaller predators. Find out more...

Rethinking role of viruses in coral reef ecosystems

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:20:00 EDT ~ Viruses are thought to frequently kill their host bacteria, especially at high microbial density. A state called lysogeny, in which viruses lie dormant but don't kill their hosts, has been thought to be relatively rare , mostly occurring at low bacterial concentrations. A new study suggests lysogeny might be much more common than previously believed. These findings could lead to a better understanding of degraded coral reef ecosystems and how to preserve them. Find out more...

Fake caterpillar study reveals global pattern in predation

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:38:12 EDT ~ A new study revealing the world's prime insect predation hotspots, achieved its landmark findings using an unusual aid: plasticine 'dummy caterpillars.' The new study has revealed a global pattern of predation on insect herbivores. The trends observed were surprising, revealing that predatory behavior in the tropics is not driven by birds or mammals but by ants and other small arthropods. Find out more...

Antarctic has seen widespread change in last 50 years, moss study reveals

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:03:38 EDT ~ In 2013, researchers studying mosses and microbes growing at the southern end of the Antarctic Peninsula documented unprecedented ecological change over the last 50 years, driven by warming temperatures. Now, the same research group has confirmed that those striking changes in the Antarctic are widespread, occurring all across the Peninsula. Find out more...