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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
Photo of multiple bats in a cave in Trinidad. The Night Life: Why We Need Bats All the Time--Not Just on Halloween
Researchers are identifying the important ecological and economic contributions of bats, gleaning lessons from incredible bat abilities that may advance technology, and helping to battle a new fatal bat epidemic
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
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 Lucille Tower examining a vine maple. Nature Observation Database Receives One-Millionth Entry
Key database monitoring climate change received its one-millionth report from a network of "citizen scientists"
Released  May 3, 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 a student observing patterns of flowering and pollinators. Novel Answer to That Perennial "Earth Day" Question: "What Can I Do to Help?"
Groups of citizen scientists are making pivotal contributions to research on the Earth, its place in the universe and other natural phenomena
Released  April 19, 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
A cellulose-digesting enzyme from a fungus. Making Nature's Best Better to Produce Biofuels
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory uses supercomputer simulations to explore designer enzymes for renewable fuels
Released  January 31, 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
Photo of a panda wearing a GPS collar meandering through the Wolong Nature Reserve Prowling Pandas Become Policy Advisers
Vanessa Hull evaluates the impacts of zoning on pandas in Wolong Nature Reserve in southwestern China
Released  December 14, 2011
Photo of a natural gas drilling platform in Pennsylvania. Can Marcellus Shale Gas Development and Healthy Waterways Sustainably Coexist?
National Science Foundation Sustainability Research Coordination Network is Providing Answers
Released  December 9, 2011

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