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Shark Expert at Stony Brook University Available for Interviews

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Rumors of Southern Pine Deaths Have Been Exaggerated, UGA Researchers Say

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Researchers at the University of Georgia have a message for Southern tree farmers worried about unexplainable pine tree deaths: Don’t panic. A new study published in Forest Ecology and Management analyzed growth in thousands of pine tree plots across the Southeast and indicates that “southern pine decline” isn’t happening on a large scale.

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First Comprehensive Analysis of the Woolly Mammoth Genome Completed

The first comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome reveals extensive genetic changes that allowed mammoths to adapt arctic life, including skin and hair development, insulin signaling, fat biology, and even traits such as small ears and short tails. A mammoth gene for temperature sensation was resurrected in the lab as a functional test.

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Southampton Researchers Go with the Flow to Help Protect Endangered European Eel

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New research led by the University of Southampton is paving the way to protect the endangered European eel as they migrate through rivers to the ocean.

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The Importance of Soil-Dwelling Animals

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Soil animals degrade organic matter, maintain soil structure

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Where the Wild Things Aren't: Cats Avoid Places Coyotes Roam

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Caught in the act: Millions of images from citizen scientists show that domestic cats do their hunting close to home in neighborhoods and small urban forests, avoiding areas with coyotes.

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Recreational Fish-Catch Data Can Help Save Money in Monitoring Invasive Largemouth Bass

UF/IFAS fisheries Professor Mike Allen says officials could save $1 million a year in monitoring for invasive fish, knowing they can use tournament fish-catch data.

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A Focus on Fungi

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Mia Maltz, a doctoral candidate in ecology & evolutionary biology at UC Irvine, is trying to determine how what happens underground, at the root level, can enhance habitat restoration efforts. Maltz’s focus is on fungi, specifically a type called mycorrhiza (“myco” meaning fungus, and “rhiza” meaning root) that invades plant root systems. She is discovering that using this fungi can produce more robust plants.

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Exit Dinosaurs, Enter Fishes

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A pair of paleobiologists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego have determined that the world’s most numerous and diverse vertebrates ¬– ray-finned fishes – began their ecological dominance of the oceans 66 million years ago, aided by the mass extinction event that killed off dinosaurs.

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American Icon: House Bill Re-Introduced to Make Bison the National Mammal of the United States

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The Vote Bison Coalition applauded the introduction of legislation, H.R. 2908, in the U.S. House of Representatives to officially recognize bison as the National Mammal of the United States.