Conservationists are "on the fence" about using barriers to protect wildlife populations living in dryland ecosystems, according to a new study.
Scientists fear that the decline of the world's largest herbivores, especially in Africa and parts of Asia, could lead to an "empty landscape" in some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, according to a new study.
What would you say is most important to Africa's ecosystems? Is it isolation, stability, or maybe biodiversity? According to a new study of Africa's essential rivers, it's none of those, as hippo dung is actually the "life force" that keeps the region vibrant and alive.
It is no secret that in the midst of climate change, coral reefs around the world are suffering. However, a warming world is not the only factor putting these reefs in danger - overfishing also plagues these colorful ecosystems. And now new research offers a glimmer of hope, finding that fish are the answer to their problems.
Researchers warn that without better local management, some of the world's most iconic ecosystems may collapse under climate change.
A new ecosystem filled with fish and invertebrates has been discovered under the Antarctic ice sheet, new research says, providing scientists new insight into how creatures can survive in such extreme environments.
Researchers are arguing that if we want to better understand the world's ecosystems function, we're going to have to do some digging. That's at least according to a new paper, which suggests that some of the most essential life on Earth can be found underground.
No, Canadian lakes aren't going to start looking like big bowls of JELL-O, but they are becoming the homes of a stunning number of jelly-coated organisms that compete with plankton for food and other resources. That's alarming news for researchers, who worry that this imbalance is putting vital ecosystems in trouble.
Salamanders are tricky to spot and certainly even harder to keep track of. That's why salamander populations have largely been left up to speculation. However, new research suggests that they are actually very prevalent, and play a significant role in the food chain of whole-forest ecosystems.
The fact that there are less predators stalking them day and night should sound like a good news for a great many herbivores across the globe. But a new study has found that this isn't necessarily the case. With fewer large predators keeping populations in check, herbivores are over-foraging and destroying the delicate ecosystems that have kept them fed for countless years.
A leaky oil rig may be absolutely terrible for our ocean's ecosystems, but what about one that's functioning perfectly? A recent study has determined that large oil or gas platforms off the California coast are actually serving as ideal bases for highly productive marine habitats, boasting a stunning amount of healthy aquatic life.
You may have heard of whale falls, but a new study of deep-sea ecosystems is arguing that it is actually jellyfish falls that are utterly essential to the complex and little-understood life of the deep sea.
Researchers have determined that rivers can recover from dam removal much faster than experts thought possible, returning long gone ecosystems to how they once were in record time.
President Barack Obama used his executive powers to create the world's largest marine reserve in an effort to protect the Pacific Ocean.