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new bird species named for harvard 'father of biodiversity'




here's something to tweet about: a new species of bird has been named for a retired harvard biologist known as "the father of biodiversity." the rainforest trust said wednesday that the antbird discovered last year in northern peru has been given the name myrmoderus eowilsoni in honor of e.o. wilson...



scientists identify key locations for spread of pin-tailed whydahs




image: pin-tailed whydahs may invade biodiversity hotspots in the americas. view more credit: eric fishelinvasive parasites are a biological oxymoron. and yet, they are in our backyards! a new study analyzes the case of a brood parasitic bird, the pin-tailed whydah (vidua macroura), and its recent...



scientist identify key locations for spread of pin-tailed whydahs




invasive parasites are a biological oxymoron. and yet, they are in our backyards! this study analyzes the case of a brood parasitic bird, the pin-tailed whydah (vidua macroura) and its recent spread into the americas!biodiversity hotspots--or places with large numbers of species found nowhere else o...



study finds variation within species is a critical aspect of biodiversity




concerns about biodiversity tend to focus on the loss of species from ecosystems, but a new study suggests that the loss of variation within species can also have important ecological consequences.



targeted conservation could protect more of earth's biodiversity




image: research by yale and the university of grenoble documents where additional conservation efforts globally could most effectively support the safeguarding of species (some examples shown here) that are particularly distinct... view more credit: yale university/university of grenoblenew haven,...



climatic stability resulted in the evolution of more bird species




credit: umea universitymore species of birds have accumulated in genera inhabiting climatically stable areas. this is shown by a new study from umeå university. "the explanation may be that a stable climate makes it more likely that diverging lineages persist without going extinct or merging until ...



climate change: biodiversity rescues biodiversity in a warmer world




climate change leads to loss of biodiversity worldwide. however, ecosystems with a higher biodiversity in the first place might be less affected a new study in science advances reports. an international research team found that when they experimentally warmed meadows, the diversity of nematode worms...



diverse landscapes are more productive and adapt better to climate change




switzerland from a satellite perspective: the vegetation’s average biomass production (orange: low, green: high) is strongly increased in landscapes with high biodiversity. credit: uzhecosystems with high biodiversity are more productive and stable towards annual fluctuations in environmental cond...



galapagos study finds that new species can develop in as little as 2 generations




image: the breeding of two distinct parent species gave rise to a new lineage (termed "big bird " by the researchers). this lineage has been determined to be a new species. this... view more credit: copyright p. r. grantthe arrival 36 years ago of a strange bird to a remote island in the galapagos...



amateur collectors in japan discover country's first and oldest fossil diving bi




image: amateur collectors in japan are credited with the discovery of the country's first and oldest fossil diving bird. identified as a new species, it has been named chupkaornis keraorum.... view more credit: illustration by masato hattorihokkaido, japan (aug. 8, 2017) - during a walk near a res...



biodiversity rescues biodiversity in a warmer world




a predatory female nematode of the genus clarkus under the microscope. credit: marcel ciobanuclimate change leads to loss of biodiversity worldwide. however, ecosystems with a higher biodiversity in the first place might be less affected a new study in science advances reports. an international rese...



esf lists top 10 new species for 2017




eriovixia gryffindori is a new spider named for the sorting hat in the harry potter series. credit: eriovixia gryffindori, named for the sorting hat in the harry potter seriesa spider and an ant whose names are drawn from references in popular modern-day literature, a brilliant pink katydid and an o...



birds are on the move in the face of climate change




research on birds in northern europe reveals that there is an ongoing considerable species turnover due to climate change and due to land use and other direct human influences. the findings are published in ecology and evolution.when investigators analyzed bird species in a region of finland coverin...



seagrass biodiversity is both a goal and a means for restoration




image: seagrass beds are important but vulnerable coastal ecosystems in the coral triangle. new research shows that planting multiple species of seagrass is more effective for restoring seagrass beds than single-species... view more credit: christine sur/uc daviscoral reefs, seagrass meadows and m...



study finds variation within species is a critical aspect of biodiversity




image: varieties of evening primrose (oenothera biennis) show variation in leaf chemistry, leading to differences in the insect communities in different fields. view more credit: nash turleyconcerns about biodiversity tend to focus on the loss of species from ecosystems, but a new study suggests t...



species richness -- a false friend?




oldenburg. assessing the state of an ecosystem solely on the basis of short-term changes in the number of different species it contains can lead to false conclusions. this is the conclusion reached by an international team including researchers of the helmholtz institute for functional marine biodiv...



strong interaction between herbivores and plants




image: algae and plants form the basis of nearly all natural food webs and ecosystems. view more credit: commonfreein the past decades, we have seen a dramatic decline in biodiversity around the world. every day, species are irrecoverably lost on an unprecedented scale. this also has an impact on t...



higher plant species richness may not be enough to protect ecosystems from the w




studies on mild fluctuations in weather have provided support for the idea that higher biodiversity results in more stable functioning of ecosystems, but critical appraisal of the evidence from extreme event studies is lacking. higher plant species richness is not always sufficient to reduce ecosyst...



resurrecting extinct species might come at a terrible cost




bringing back extinct species could lead to biodiversity loss rather than gain, according to work featuring university of queensland researchers.



citizen scientists discover 6 new species of beetles in borneo




scientists estimate that 80% of the world's animal and plant species are still unknown. although the work of taxonomists (whose job is to describe and name those) is appreciated by the general public, funding for taxonomy is dwindling. moreover, while the areas hosting most of the unknown biodiversi...



complex, old-growth forests may protect some bird species in a warming climate




corvallis, ore. -- old forests that contain large trees and a diversity of tree sizes and species may offer refuge to some types of birds facing threats in a warming climate, scientists have found.in a paper published today in diversity and distributions, a professional journal, researchers in the c...



study of biodiversity suggests a small increase in size of protected areas could




credit: cc0 public domain(phys.org)—a trio of researchers, two with laboratoire d'écologie alpine in france and the other with yale university has conducted an analysis of current parcels of land on our planet that offer protection for plants and animals and have found that just a few small incre...



australia's cats kill more than 1 million birds every single day




ordinary cats in australia kill more than a million birds every single day, according to a newly published study. the findings were made by researchers from the threatened species recovery hub of the national environmental science program after looking at evidence from more than 200 different studie...



a prioritised list of invasive alien species threatening the uk's environment




argentine ant. credit: birdlife europe and central asiamore species urgently need to be considered for inclusion on the eu's 'list of invasive alien species of union concern', stresses a new study published on 3 october 2017 in the journal of applied ecology.invasive alien (non-native) species are a...



higher biodiversity due to river-expanding measures




lower flood risk and the start of biodiversity recovery - those two things can go together quite well. multiple groups of endangered and protected species are returning to river areas in the netherlands, reveal researchers of utrecht university and radboud university today in science advances.