Among all bat species, African straw-colored fruit bats are record-holding flyers. This enables them to successfully forage for food, while spreading seeds and pollen over wide-spread areas of Africa.
Cape Restio shrubs produce large, dark nuts that mimic antelope droppings and trick dung beetles into planting them, ultimately helping the shrubs become more widespread.
Managing the Earth’s environment based on predicted outcomes can be tricky and preventative measures often backfire. Researchers suggest taking an adaptive management approach.
Over the past five years, more than 200 new species have been found in the Eastern Himalayas and noted in scientific studies.
The response of leaf unfolding to climate warming has significantly reduced, according to a new study. This can help researchers assess future carbon uptake and spring frost damage.
A University of Delaware study shows that non-native plants have an impact on the diversity of insect populations. Their study sheds light on how homeowners are impacting local insect communities when planting their gardens and flower beds.
Brazilian authorities regularly publish "blacklists," where they name and shame communities responsible for illegal deforestation. This strategy has increased law enforcement and decreased tree loss experienced in Amazon forests.
Researchers recently discovered that some phytoplankton species cause ice formation in clouds over arctic or remote oceans. The organic waste from this ocean plant life is ejected into the atmosphere via sea spray from breaking waves.
Environmental changes large or small can have a significant impact, according to a recent study. This may help ecologists better understand a community's response to climate change.
Elephant seals are a top predator in oceans, so they consume high quantities of mercury from their prey. However, during an annual shedding period, they release this toxin right back into the ocean. This has a significant impact on marine environments.
The 2015 Coastal Shark Survey, one of surveys that have taken place every two to three years since 1986, recorded 2,835 sharks that were captured and tagged for monitoring.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, is one of the most diverse and well-studied ecosystems in the world, and yet there is still much more to learn about the behavior and lifestyle of the species that call it home. Now, thanks to crowdsourcing and the largest-ever scientific camera trapping survey, unique snapshots are revealing the secret life of Serengeti's most elusive animals.
Parasitic "vampire" plants may get a bad rep from their name, but new research shows that they aren't so bad, after all, and that they could actually benefit the abundance and diversity of vegetation and animal life around them.
The Serengeti National Park has long been one of the world's most iconic ecosystems, home to giraffes and many other animals, and now new research shows that it is disappearing.
Imagine, each year, an army of drones take to the air and head off for a tireless workday of planting trees in some of the Earth's most heavily deforested regions. Like an overnight miracle, one billion new saplings could be sprouting from the ground each year, helping mitigate the rampant tree loss that is harming our world. Now a retired NASA expert wants to make this dream a reality with his drone-powered startup company.