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Environmental Research & Education (ERE) 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 tree trunks in a coastal redwood forest California's iconic redwoods in danger from fire and infectious disease
Pathogen that causes sudden oak death leaves redwoods vulnerable to fire
Released  August 21, 2013
collage of various pictures showing researchers, seafans and corals Sick Sea Fans: Undersea "Doctors" to the Rescue
Scientists discover genes involved in immunity of sea fans to coral diseases
Released  July 24, 2013
Mountain with dried trees in a forest overlooking Grand Lake, Colorado Ghosts of Forests Past: Bark Beetles Kill Lodgepole Pines, Affecting Entire Watersheds
Bark beetle epidemic changing water quality as well as forest health
Released  June 27, 2013
Photo of sun radiating over highway filled with cars in traffic in Phoenix Summertime: Hot Time in the City
Parks are islands of coolness in cities' urban heat
Released  June 21, 2013
Painting of the herb American ginseng On World Environment Day and Every Day, the Stress of Being Ginseng
Common medicinal plant of deciduous forests under siege
Released  June 5, 2013
Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in Central Africa, site of the scientists' research. Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Seed Dispersal, Environmental Conditions Matter in African Forests
Ecologists discover when, how tropical trees regenerate
Released  May 14, 2013
Giant barrel sponges off Little Cayman Island in the Caribbean next to a researcher. Life on a Coral Reef: Insult Is (Sometimes) Added to Injury
Overfishing removes predatory fish that keep sponges from smothering corals
Released  May 8, 2013
Photo of smoke from a forest fire going up in to the sky Trail of Fire Leads to Less Snow, Threatened Water Resources
Scientists study New Mexico's Rabbit Mountain, where forests burned in the 2011 Las Conchas fire
Released  April 25, 2013
Image of melting snow and the text Photo Gallery Earth Week: The Search for White Gold--Snowmelt
Thin snowpack puts ecosystems and water resources in critical condition
Released  April 16, 2013
Cartoon showing a threatening wave scaring blue mussels Blue Mussels "Hang On" Along Rocky Shores: For How Long?
Mussels' anchors--byssal threads--weakened by ocean acidification
Released  March 21, 2013
close up of a mosquito on skin "Defective" Virus Leads to Epidemic of Dengue Fever
Virus may have led to widespread disease in Myanmar in 2001
Released  March 1, 2013
Phot of the mountain peak El Yunque El Yunque, Majestic Rocky Icon of Puerto Rico: Impervious to the Ravages of Time?
Anvil-shaped promontory formed inside an ancient supervolcano
Released  February 27, 2013
Scientists Dusty Kemp and Meredith Meyers under water in the Florida Keys. Underwater Whodunit: What's Killing Florida's Elkhorn Coral?
Scientists solve Caribbean coral mystery: human pathogens cause marine invertebrate deaths
Released  February 14, 2013
Close up image of a beaver. Yellowstone Ecosystem Needs Wolves and Willows, Elk and...Beavers?
Scientists plot crucial links among Yellowstone plant and animal species
Released  February 7, 2013
Jellyfish known as "sea tomatoes" on Cable Beach in western Australia Jellyfish "Blooms" Wax and Wane in Natural Cycles
Research shows blooms follow periodic global oscillations
Released  January 24, 2013
Research area in Gordon Gulch, Colo. High-peak Creeks, Forest Fires and Landscape Erosion: Could They Be Linked?
Colorado's Boulder Creek watershed: Where rushing streams, raging blazes and the Rockies meet
Released  January 14, 2013
Woman cooking over an open fire Cooking Up Clean Air in Africa
Reducing air pollution and meningitis risk in Ghana
Released  January 3, 2013
Photo of a man examining water for infectious snails in coastal Kenya. Snails in the Waters, Disease in the Villages
Treatment for snail-borne schistosomiasis works best over the long haul
Released  November 19, 2012
Photo of a bobcat making its way through snow in Colorado. Cool Cat in a Hot Zone
Urban bobcats pick up diseases from humans, not the reverse
Released  November 5, 2012
Photo of a scientist researching soil in a forested area. Science on the Graveyard Shift
Discovering what gets buried and how
Released  October 31, 2012
Image of maple leaves on the ground with their fall colors. The Colors of Fall: Are Autumn Reds and Golds Passing Us By?
Climate change, land-use change, introduced pests and diseases altering fall foliage
Released  September 25, 2012
Photo of Acropora coral on NSF's Moorea Coral Reef LTER site. Tropical Reefs Surviving Environmental Stresses: Corals' Choice of Symbiotic Algae May Hold the Key
Corals that host fewer species of algae are less sensitive to disturbances
Released  August 29, 2012
Photo of a moose in the water on the shoreline of Isle Royale. From Lake to Land, in a Land of Lakes
Moose act as conduits of nitrogen between water bodies and the edges of lakes, ponds
Released  August 17, 2012
Illustration of satellite and ground-based systems monitoring snowmelt and water in the Sierra. A Tree Stands in the Sierra Nevada
A coniferous view of the link between snowmelt and water supplies in the U.S. West
Released  August 7, 2012
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
Illustration showing Firefly, a mark-carton-sized satellite, gathering data on a gamma-ray burst. Tiny Firefly Satellite Set To Flash Straight Into Lightning and Thunderstorms
CubeSat will help solve mysteries of terrestrial gamma ray flashes, 1,000 times more powerful than northern lights
Released  July 19, 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

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