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Newly proposed system of measurement could help determine community sustainability

A newly proposed system of measurement known as the community sustainability assessment system, or CSAS, could be used to define what it means to be a sustainable community as well as evaluate the impact of individual communities on global sustainabi...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Sustainability, April-2019


Texas State Researchers See Landowners as Key to Saving the Houston Toad

Researchers in the Department of Biology at Texas State University have teamed with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to identify the most effective ways to recruit private landowners to save the critically endangered Houston toad, and b...

– Texas State University


Climate change to blame for Hurricane Maria's extreme rainfall

Hurricane Maria dropped more rain on Puerto Rico than any storm to hit the island since 1956, a feat due mostly to the effects of human-caused climate warming

– American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Geophysical Research Letters


Historic Logging Site Shows First Human-Caused Bedrock Erosion Along an Entire River

Studies of a river used in 20th-century logging shows that the bedrock has eroded to create a new channel. Such human-driven geology may be common worldwide.

– University of Washington

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Embargo expired on 15-Apr-2019 at 15:00 ET


Scientists Use eBird Data to Propose Optimal Bird Conservation Plan

A new paper published today in the journal Nature Communications shows a blueprint for conserving enough habitat to protect the populations of almost one-third of the warblers, orioles, tanagers, and other birds that migrate among the Americas throug...

– Cornell University

Nature Communications


Could climate change cause infertility?

The scientific community has long held an understanding about the effect of temperature on sperm production in mammals, but this new study sheds light on how spermatogenesis in insects is hampered at extreme temperatures.

– University of Lincoln

Journal of Evolutionary Biology


Solving the mystery of fertilizer loss from Midwest cropland

Farmers can’t predict their annual corn harvest with certainty, but with the help of new research from Michigan State University, they can now pinpoint specific parts of their fields that consistently produce either good or bad yields. Not only wil...

– Michigan State University

Scientific Reports


Google Searches Reveal Popular Bird Species

Cross-referencing a decade of Google searches and citizen science observations, researchers have determined which of 621 North American bird species are currently the most popular and which characteristics of species drive human interest. Study findi...

– Cornell University

PNAS


How Much Compost Is Enough for My Garden?

Understanding the role of compost

– Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)


People and Projects Make a Difference in the Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) recently wrapped up its spring meeting in New Orleans, which showcased news from the Gulf ocean observing community.

– Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)


We now know how insects and bacteria control ice

Nature has come up with ways to control the formation of ice, though, and in a paper published today in the Journal of the American Chemical Society University of Utah professor Valeria Molinero and her colleagues show how key proteins produced in ba...

– University of Utah

Journal of the American Chemical Society


Earliest life may have arisen in ponds, not oceans

Primitive ponds may have provided a suitable environment for brewing up Earth's first life forms, more so than oceans, a new MIT study finds.

– Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems


UF/IFAS Launches Gulf Marine Animal Tracking Website

The iTAG website will help researchers throughout the Gulf and in neighboring regions track their animals. Electronically tracking animals over large distances allows scientists to better understand biodiversity hotspots and ecosystem processes.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Study: How will tropical mammals react to rising temperatures?

How wildlife will react to climate change is an open question, but one of the first studies to compare the responses of tropical mammals to warmer habitats suggests the answer won't be as simple as "move to a cooler place."

– Rice University

Global Ecology and Biogeography


Scientists Say World’s Protected Areas Need a Re-Boot

An international study published today in the journal Science argues that the current international target for the protected area estate, accepted by over 190 nations, is failing. They propose a new measurable target based on the best scientific evid...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Science


Announcements


Media Advisory: URI students depart April 18 for six-day oceanographic research expedition

Student research trip aboard R/V Endeavor, notice of media availability and remote interview capabilities

– University of Rhode Island


Excavating a climate report from the past: Geology team joins multidisciplinary study to investigate ancient warming event

Northern Arizona University geology professor Michael Smith will map the layers of rock in the Green River Formation in Wyoming to learn about the climate and flooding events during a period 50 to 53 million years ago when the climate was much hotter...

– Northern Arizona University


DePaul University ecologist receives NSF CAREER grant to study dispersal of mycorrhizal fungi

Bala Chaudhary, an assistant professor of environmental science at DePaul University in Chicago, is embarking on a deep dive into mycorrhizal dispersal mechanisms with support from a NSF CAREER grant.

– DePaul University


Clarkson University, ESF to Partner in New Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions

Clarkson University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) have been recently designated to launch New York state’s new Center of Excellence (CoE) in Healthy Water Solutions.

– SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Expert Pitch


Air Pollution Scientist Available to Discuss EPA Regulations

– University at Albany, State University of New York


WashU Expert: The global helium shortage hits home

– Washington University in St. Louis

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