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Press Release 11-233

Diversity of Life on Earth: NSF Awards Grants for Study of Dimensions of Biodiversity

Earth losing species more rapidly than scientists can understand the roles they play

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NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity scientists are studying rainforests to ocean depths.

NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity scientists are studying rainforests to ocean depths.

Credit: IUCN


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Subjects range from bacteria to amphibians, from plankton to ants to wild tomatoes.

Subjects range from bacteria to amphibians, from plankton to ants to wild tomatoes.

Credit: India Institute of Ecology and Environment


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Dimensions of Biodiversity ecologists are investigating microbes on the skin of amphibians.

Dimensions of Biodiversity ecologists are investigating microbes on the skin of amphibians.

Credit: Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation


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Wild tomato leaves: how drought affects wild tomatoes is a focus of one award.

Wild tomato leaves: how drought affects wild tomatoes is a focus of one award.

Credit: Leonie Moyle


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Image of a robotic device measuring chemosynthetic processes at a hydrothermal vent in deep ocean.

At a hydrothermal vent in the deep ocean, scientists measure chemosynthetic processes.

Credit: Stefan Sievert, WHOI


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Researchers will study ciliates, widespread in aquatic ecosystems, as part of their grant.

Researchers will study ciliates, widespread in aquatic ecosystems, as part of their grant.

Credit: John Clamp, North Carolina Central University


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