Ecology

Category archives for Ecology

Cristina Grande and Nipam Patel DIFFERENCES In this pair of land snails, the one on the right, with the shell opening on the right, is the more common of the species. My children and I recently “caught” a mud snail off the coast of New Jersey, and it got me thinking…

Figure 1. Miniaturized radio transmitters attached to bumblebees. (a) Transmitter attachment on a Bombus terrestris individual kept in a glass tube with opened gauze where the transmitter is fixed with superglue. (b) Nectar collecting individual of Bombus terrestris on Phacelia flower having a transmitter attached. (c) Bombus terrestris individual with attached transmitter, foraging on red…

Aquatic Ethereal Beauty

Juvenile Cowfish Photograph by Chris Newbert, Minden Pictures A photographer’s strobe gives a violet sheen to this translucent juvenile roundbelly cowfish off the coast of Kona, Hawaii. Also known as the transparent boxfish, the roundbelly cowfish has two short horns in front of its eyes. Stunned by the beauty of these photographs of translucent undersea…

Bering Sea Chill, Salmon Jumping!

The Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or PDO, affects sea surface temperatures and wind flow in the North Pacific. This graphic from NASA shows sea surface temperature departures from average, as well as wind anomalies (arrows), for different phases of the PDO. Credit: NASA JPL. The Bering Sea, west of Alaska, gives us yet another example of…

Co-authored with Dr. Norma Bowe and originally published on Truthout.org. Science and the news media sometimes occupy different worlds. Journalists rely on scientists for the latest findings, but can be drawn to controversy and provocation because it increases readership, sometimes looking for disparities to make a point. Scientists want nothing of it; their conclusions are…

Lolita’s Lepidopterist Lover

Source. “L” and alliterations thereof, turns out to have immense importance in literature and science. Science and art can co-exist. Surprised? Let me explain.

Lionfish Photo source. With New Year’s resolutions on our minds, consider something out of the ordinary: not a diet to lose weight, but a diet to help the planet. Become an invasivore. Let me explain.

Evolution: The Story of LIfe on Earth

From time to time, my office receives publisher’s copies of books, uninvited and not upon my request. Today, a copy of Jay Hosler’s “Evolution: The Story of LIfe on Earth” arrived. {The hubris of explaining the “story of life on earth” is unimaginable to me, but that’s another story.} This piques my interest; is a…

Anyone wanting to learn about Darwin’s theories would do well to read his original letters. Thanks to an amazing resource from the University of Cambridge, the “Darwin Correspondence Project”, you can access a treasure trove of his letters in an interactive timeline. This resource addresses: Darwin and Science Darwin and Religion Darwin and Ecology Darwin…

Today’s report of Arsenic-eating bacteria published in Science could have some unanticipated benefits: clean up and bioremediation after an oil spill. I may be off base, but here’s my reasoning. Caveat: these newly discovered bacteria may not be useful in reducing arsenic levels after an oil spill if they are “fastidious” or too finicky to…