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Environmental Biology (DEB) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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Photo of small patches of tropical dry forest  on hills Natural regeneration of tropical forests helps global climate mitigation and forest restoration
New study looks at 43 regions in Latin America
Released  May 13, 2016
One Zika-carrying mosquito, Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito, ranges farther north. National Science Foundation awards $1.7 million in rapid response grants to study Zika virus
Funding to address ecological transmission dynamics of the virus
Released  May 11, 2016
Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone Researchers find that Earth may be home to 1 trillion species
Largest analysis of microbial data reveals that 99.999 percent of all species remain undiscovered
Released  May 2, 2016
crabs and fish on the bottom seafloor Evidence points to widespread loss of ocean oxygen by 2030s
Deoxygenation due to climate change threatens marine life
Released  April 27, 2016
Fish swimming by a healthy coral reef in the Line Islands in the central Pacific Ocean. Too much algae -- and too many microbes -- threaten coral reefs
'Microbialization' destroys reef habitats
Released  April 26, 2016
A baby Rapetosaurus stands alongside a dog, elephant, rhino and hippo Newly discovered baby Titanosaur sheds light on dinosaurs' early lives
Long-necked sauropod dinosaurs include the largest animals ever to walk on land
Released  April 21, 2016
A four-month-old infant baboon rides on its mother's back in Amboseli, Kenya. Rough childhoods can have ripple effects for wild baboons
Baboons who experience drought, loss of mothers, live shorter lives
Released  April 19, 2016
Ponderosa pine on Grand Canyon rim falling over Earth Week: In a drought, which trees risk death?
Study identifies tree traits that contribute to drought vulnerability
Released  April 18, 2016
collage of images showing corals, divers Earth Day: New insights into coral health hidden in reefs' microbiomes
Inner microbial ecosystems keep reef-building corals and other animals 'in the pink'
Released  April 18, 2016
Automated chambers in use a young stand of wheat. New land-use strategies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Improved land-use practices needed as strategies for lowering greenhouse gases
Released  April 7, 2016
California's Eel River On World Water Day, scientists peer into rivers to answer water availability questions
NSF Critical Zone Observatory researchers study California's Eel River for insights into water losses
Released  March 21, 2016
map of united states showing inscreasing risk of Zika-carrying mosquitoes. Potential Zika virus risk estimated for 50 U.S. cities
Weather, travel and poverty may facilitate summertime outbreaks
Released  March 16, 2016
Kendall Grassland in southeastern Arizona In grasslands, longer spring growing season offsets higher summer temperatures
North American grasslands face mixed bag of climate change effects
Released  February 29, 2016
dried trees in a forest of pinons in the U.S. Southwest. Increasing drought threatens almost all U.S. forests
Forests nationwide feeling the heat
Released  February 22, 2016
Scientists working with samples in a lab Seeking Zika: Where and when will Zika-carrying mosquitoes strike next?
NSF-funded scientists look for answers in coastal Ecuador
Released  February 18, 2016
 sandhill cranes flying Scientists track nighttime bird migration using weather radar
Weather radar offers new view of nocturnal bird flight
Released  February 16, 2016
An Aedes aegypti mosquito National Science Foundation issues call for Zika virus proposals
Funding to address ecological transmission dynamics of the virus
Released  February 10, 2016
White ibises flock Feeding birds in your local park? If they're white ibises in Florida, think twice
White ibises may transmit diseases like salmonellosis
Released  February 3, 2016
A bat-eared fox tries to open a puzzle box during an experiment to test intelligence. Do bigger brains make smarter carnivores?
Scientists confirm that species with larger brain size are more intelligent
Released  January 28, 2016
screenshot of website showing a snowflake and text let it snow the science of winter New NSF special report: Let It Snow! The Science of Winter
Report reveals inner worlds of snow and winter, and their importance to humans and ecosystems
Released  January 13, 2016
Researchers with equipment on mountain at NSF's Niwot Ridge LTER site. Colorado high peaks losing glaciers as climate warms
Ice disappears faster in drought years
Released  January 12, 2016
hands holding a pot with natural clay Scientists discover how blue and green clays kill bacteria
May be new answer to MRSA, other 'superbug' infections
Released  January 8, 2016
illustration showing plants and animals under snow Peering into the secret world of life beneath winter snows
Snow sustains species from frogs to birds to mammals in winter and beyond
Released  January 5, 2016
Ice on Lake Vortsjarv in Estonia Lakes around the world rapidly warming
Freshwater ecosystems threatened, including fisheries and water resources
Released  December 16, 2015
A black surfperch swimming in the vicinity of Santa Cruz Island. A fine kettle of fish?
Long-term data help determine fluctuations in fish populations
Released  November 30, 2015
Scientist lowering an instrument in water Low-oxygen 'dead zones' in North Pacific linked to past ocean warming
Large-scale warming events 10,000-plus years ago triggered loss of oxygen
Released  November 18, 2015
Salt marshes in Hatches Harbor, Mass. Grass-planting change boosts coastal wetland restoration success
Marsh grasses should be spaced close together, not far apart
Released  November 3, 2015
school of Atlantic cod Warming waters contributed to the collapse of New England's cod fishery
New report shows that warming complicates fisheries management plans
Released  October 29, 2015
hoatzin bird in a tree How much did indigenous peoples alter the Amazon forest?
Effects were likely only along major waterways
Released  October 28, 2015
person sitting next to a lake formed in a flooded sinkhole Ancient fossils show effect of humans on Caribbean wildlife
Fossils found in flooded cave tell new story about nature-human interactions
Released  October 20, 2015

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