How proteins differ across species — ScienceDaily

To better understand what drives biological diversity on Earth, scientists have historically looked at genetic differences between species. But this only provides part of the picture. The traits of a…

Characteristics of older forests can buffer effects of climate change for some bird species — ScienceDaily

Old-growth forests and managed forests with old-growth characteristics can provide relief from climate change for some bird species, research by the Oregon State University College of Forestry suggests. The study…

Accreditations, chairs, new plant species and space talk

A new species comes to light. Engineering physics degree earns accreditation. A staff member gets honored, and Science on Tap gets a triumphant return. Check out the latest news from…

Hydropower dams induce widespread species extinctions across Amazonian forest islands, research finds — ScienceDaily

Deforestation, habitat loss and fragmentation are linked and are driving the ongoing biodiversity crisis, with hydropower to blame for much of this degradation. In lowland tropical forests, river damming typically…

Using olfactory cues to protect vulnerable species — ScienceDaily

Animals — both herbivores and predators — follow their noses for a broad range of food sources. The principle applies to hunters trying to ferret out easy prey or grazers…

Are new corals in Sydney dangerous invaders or harmless refugees? A new study has found that invading subtropical corals will survive and thrive in coastal Sydney, which could spell trouble for existing Sydney coral species. — ScienceDaily

Worsening environmental pressures, such as higher sea temperatures, are causing the catastrophic loss of coral cover around the globe. As the waters of the Great Barrier Reef warm, subtropical corals…

A plant survey finds dozens of nonnative invasive species thriving in Ohio — ScienceDaily

A new botanical survey of southwest Ohio found that invasive species introduced to the United States over the past century are crowding out many native plants. Biologists from the University…

US Nationwide maps of bird species can help protect biodiversity — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed the maps at a fine-enough resolution to help conservation managers focus their efforts where they are most likely to help birds — in…

Genome-based study also finds new bird species at high risk of imminent extinction — ScienceDaily

One of the most contentious questions in evolutionary biology is, how did the Amazon become so rich in species? A new study focused on birds examines how the movements of…

Advances in street lighting are reducing the efficacy of coastal species’ camouflage — ScienceDaily

Species that rely on darkness to forage and feed are losing the gift of camouflage thanks to advances in the lighting used to illuminate the world’s cities and coastlines, a…