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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 spiny shrubs in foreground, mountains in background, in Chile's Bosque de Fray Jorge Park. Into the Matorral: Scientists Track Avifauna in Coastal Chile's Thorn-Scrub
Researchers discover ecological role of bird life in a biodiversity hotspot
Released  July 26, 2012
Photo of a stream with boulders in the streambed. Acid Rain: Scourge of the Past or Trend of the Present?
New connection between climate change and acidification of Northeast's forests and streams
Released  July 25, 2012
Photo of Lyndie Hice and Glenn Wagner seining for Atlantic silversides near Cape Hatteras. Where North Meets South in the Sea
Small fish adapt to cold, warm water temperatures along 2,000 miles of Atlantic Coast
Released  July 24, 2012
Photo of seaweed washed up on a beach. All Washed Up and Somewhere to Go
Seaweed on beaches is an ecological treasure trove
Released  July 20, 2012
Photo of flowers and buds on rockcress in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. It's Wildflower Season on Mountain Peaks, But Alpine Plants May Soon Miss the Date
Study conducted over 38 years shows one species' timing has shifted by 13 days
Released  July 11, 2012
Photo of the submersible Alvin collecting samples from The Deep. Hitchhiker's Guide to The Deep
Creatures of the abyss invade surface world
Released  June 8, 2012
Image of a Queen of Spades card. Queen of Spades Key to New Evolutionary Hypothesis
Microscopic ocean plankton mimic card also known as the Black Queen
Released  May 10, 2012
Photo of vessels and platforms responding to the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010. Gulf Oil Spill: Scientists Develop New Model for Deep-water Oil Spills
Call for a "whole new type" of marine ecology
Released  April 20, 2012
Photo of fog over the cloud forest in Ecuador's Oyacachi watershed. Earth Week: A Stream Is a Stream Is a Stream: Or Is It?
Scientists ford high-mountain waterways in North, South America to find out
Released  April 16, 2012
Image of a stream flowing through a forest in the H.J. Andrews LTER site. Long-term Ecological Research Reveals Causes and Consequences of Environmental Change
New insights as NSF Long Term Ecological Research Network reflects on three decades of science
Released  April 6, 2012
A dot on a map of the United States, Cherokee Marsh in Wisconsin is central to the Yahara watershed. Cry Me a River: Following a Watershed's Winding Path to Sustainability
National Science Foundation "Water, Sustainability and Climate" award fosters new view of urban rivers, lakes
Released  March 9, 2012
Image of snow-covered Mount Washington, N.H. The Snows of Mount Washington
Climate and environmental change in the U.S. northeast corridor
Released  March 2, 2012
Image of a wolf howling in the forest. Studying Nature's Rhythms: Soundscape Ecologists Spawn New Field
Listen to biophony, geophony, anthrophony: The 'music' of Planet Earth
Released  February 6, 2012
Photo of a Cape sugarbird resting on a protea flower. Biodiversity of Earth's Richest Plant Kingdom Under Fire
In response to climate change, will a postage-sized-domain move uphill--and ultimately out of room?
Released  January 27, 2012
Photo of a teacher with two students carrying out a science experiment. "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology" Initiative Charts New Path for College-level Biology
Meeting the needs of the 21st Century
Released  January 24, 2012
Silouette of a howling wolf with a full moon in the background. By the Light of January's Wolf Moon
On the hunt, is bigger better for predators like wolves?
Released  January 10, 2012
Winter in the oak savanna at NSF's Cedar Creek Long-Term Ecological Research site. Out of Africa and Into the American Midwest
Last of the oak savannas survives at NSF Cedar Creek Long-Term Ecological Research site
Released  January 6, 2012
Aerial view of ocean near Mo'orea. Trouble in Paradise: Ocean Acidification This Way Comes
Sustainability of tropical corals in question, but some species developing survival mechanisms
Released  January 4, 2012
Image of dead maple leaves on the forest floor. Seeing the Forest Under the Trees
New Effect of Acid Rain on Forests: Too Many Dead Leaves a Bad Sign for Sugar Maples
Released  December 7, 2011
Photo of a C. elegans worm tail belonging to a male, showing sensory rays. Worms Can Evolve to Survive Intersex Populations
Experimental evolution reveals a possible intermediate stage in the evolution of sex determination
Released  December 5, 2011
Photo of Adam Rosenblatt holding an alligator. Alligator Commuters: Gators' Travels Link Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems
Florida alligators travel upstream and downstream between marshes and the coast
Released  June 23, 2011
Photo of a male wire-tailed manakin displaying his striking plumage. Manakins, Birds of Tropical Forests, Cooperate for Common Goal
Scientists discover unusual alliances in leks, or groups of males
Released  June 21, 2011
Photo of Richard Lenski and another researcher examining a Petri dish used in a study of evolution. E. coli Offers Insight to Evolution
Richard Lenski's two decade experiment on E. coli sheds new light on evolutionary processes
Released  June 17, 2011
Photo taken underwater of the giant kelp canopy in the Santa Barbara Channel. New View of Undersea Giant Kelp Forest "Canopy"--From Satellites Above
Marine scientists discover wave disturbance, nutrient levels affect California giant kelp growth
Released  May 25, 2011
Photo of a dog's blood being take in the back of a pick-up truck mobbed by interested Papuans. Down Boy: Investigating the Domestication of Dogs Through DNA
NSF-supported researchers map the genetic origins of “village" dogs on five continents
Released  February 24, 2011
Photo of Andrea Jani collecting arthropods from sleepy grass in Lincoln National Forest, N.M. How Toxic Grass Puts Animals to Sleep
University of North Carolina, Greensboro researchers are studying native grasses to develop a better understanding of the workings of fungal endophytes
Released  October 15, 2010
Photo of researchers collecting a sediment core from Silver Lake, Ohio. Mass Animal Extinctions, Not Climate Change, Caused Major Shifts in Plant Communities
NSF-supported researchers investigate a connection between the disappearance of certain plant communities and the late-Pleistocene extinction of large mammal species in North America
Released  May 26, 2010
Photo of Amy Barnes making phosphorus-rich phosphate glass to use with her doctoral research work. On Earth Day and Everyday, Ecologist Fights for Phosphorus
NSF-supported ecologist James Elser is internationally recognized as an expert on phosphorus in biology and ecology, and his research could help to change society’s views on phosphorus use and conservation
Released  May 6, 2010
Photo of Eriophyllum lanosum, a desert winter annual. Even in the Desert, Plants Feel the Heat of Global Warming
NSF-supported researchers study the germination of plants in the Sonoran Desert to determine the impact of the later arrival of winter rains
Released  April 23, 2010
Photo showing zebra stripes of dust and snow on the snow surface in Colorado mountains. Dust-on-Snow: On Spring Winds, Something Wicked This Way Comes
Earlier snowmelt, altered water supplies, result
Released  April 2, 2010

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