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How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia

The Asian honeybee should have been crippled by low genetic diversity, but thanks to natural selection it thrived. uIn the famous case of Darwin’s finches, natural selection acts decisively, elevating a trait in the population, weeding it out, or simply… read more

Scaring Animals Can Help Save Them

Conservationists are using behavior modification to bolster kangaroo mice, bears, elk and other critters By Erik Vance on August 2, 2018 in Scientific American online The kangaroo rat is a wildlife manager’s nightmare. It is a crucial species in southern… read more

Bound by nature – Cul­tural evol­u­tion h..

Cli­mate driven net primary pro­ductiv­ity, biod­iversity, and patho­gens con­strain the global hunter-gatherer pop­u­la­tion dens­ity However, the most influential drivers of population density are context-dependent. Biodiversity affects population density mostly in the low-productivity environments, whereas pathogen stress, which has insignificant effects… read more

Fanged friends: World’s most vilified and da..

NEW YORK (January 18, 2018) – An international review led by the University of Queensland and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) says that many native carnivores that live in and around human habitation are declining at an unprecedented rate – spelling… read more

The surprising ecology of dust (2)

Scientists are unraveling the links between wild weather and climate change. On the other side of the world, weather patterns in some regions have shifted in a different way. Rainfall in the Sahara has increased because of warmer ocean temperatures,… read more