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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
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
Image of a crab walking on a specially built treadmill while its vital signs are monitored. Taking the Pulse of Marine Life in Stressed Seas
Researchers study responses of crustaceans to human-caused environmental stresses
Released  October 6, 2011
Interactive Zoom Gallery tool on the Ask a Biologist website. Student Questions Answered by Biologists through PlantingScience and Ask a Biologist
SPORE Award-winning projects are useful online resources for biology
Released  August 4, 2011
Image of Marla Spivak on the left and Katie Klee on right trying on a bee beard. Marla Spivak: A Scientist With a Real Bee in Her Bonnet
Marla Spivak describes the risks that bees face today and how her research goals are to find solutions to these challenges
Released  July 7, 2011
Photo of Professor James Hewlett with a red-tailed hawk in hand. Boy or Girl? Understanding How Red-Tailed Hawks Migrate
Researchers and students collaborate on a study to explore the migration patterns of male and female red-tailed hawks in upstate New York
Released  June 24, 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
Photomicrograph of the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans. Understanding the Brain As a Computational Network
Researchers are decoding the patterns that connect different types of nerve cells
Released  April 14, 2011
Photo of two second generation robotic fish. Robot Fish Can Trick the Real Thing
NSF CAREER awardee studies the behavior of schooling fish and creates biologically inspired robots that may someday help preserve marine life
Released  March 7, 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 a coastal outcrop exposure of Late Ordovician Ellis Bay Formation. Relationship Found Between Ancient Climate Change and Mass Extinction
Researchers use a ground-breaking technique that reveals a relationship between cooler temperatures and Earth's second largest mass extinction, which occurred about 450 million years ago
Released  February 17, 2011
Photo of Sook-Lei Liew and R.J. Andrews in the MR scanner room at Peking University First Hospital. Neuroimaging Chinese Social Cognition
Sook-Lei Liew writes about the opportunity to conduct research examining the role of experience on neural networks during a summer in China, as part of NSF’s EAPSI program
Released  February 15, 2011
Jessica Meir with a bar-headed geese Into Thin Air
How Do Bar-Headed Geese Manage to Migrate Over the Himalaya?
Released  February 15, 2011

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