Tag: ecology

Carnivore Mystery: Why Fishers Thrive in East, Not West

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

For weasel-like fishers it’s a good time to live in the East. The fierce little carnivores are reclaiming historic habitats, including the Bronx, New York, where police have photographed one fisher. But it’s a different story for fishers in the West, which haven’t been as successful in repopulating areas they once roamed in the Pacific

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What’s Eating You?

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

It’s a jungle out there. Humans can be infected by more than 1,400 parasites – viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc. It can be bad enough when one nasty parasite takes hold – it’s certainly no fun to be stricken with tuberculosis – but what happens if you have two simultaneous infections? If one infection is diagnosed

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Caught on Camera: Tree-Dwelling Orangutans on Ground

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

When researchers in Borneo set up camera traps to monitor tropical mammals on the ground, they didn’t expect to be photobombed by orangutans. In the wild, humans rarely see the red apes come down from the trees, says Dr. Rahel Sollmann, an NC State postdoctoral researcher in fisheries and wildlife. Sollmann helped analyze a database

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Poisonous Water Leads to Bigger, But Fewer, Fish Babies

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Living in extreme environments often entails taking extreme measures to survive. Live-bearing fish mothers in toxic North and South American waters try to give their offspring the best chance at surviving the harsh environment by giving birth to big babies, according to research published in Ecology Letters. The study examining nine different live-bearing fish species

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Tree Change: Is Raleigh Becoming More Like Baltimore?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Could Raleigh, proudly known as the City of Oaks, end up having much less tree cover, like Baltimore? Though it’s not likely that Raleigh will have to rethink its New Year’s Eve drop of the giant acorn any time soon, planners and policy makers need to take steps to prevent the City of Oaks from

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