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National Science Foundation awards $2 million grant to UC Riverside

...selves, and the conservation value of the land for biodiversity is reduced. The biocomplexity grant will model the emissions and rate of deposition across the landscape, mainly in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. "We will use remote sensing and ground vegetation surveys to determine the current and historic...

Laboratory test of evolutionary theory confirms importance of links between populations

...ions between species and how coevolution organizes biodiversity through networks of interactions across landscapes," Thompson said. "These experiments are one step in actually translating that theory into predictive analyses of natural populations." The experiments used a simplified system in the laboratory to te...

Researchers redrawing the Tree of Life

...ts tend to have similar chemistries. Understanding biodiversity in the frame of patterns of relationships is important in the assessment of vegetation dynamics and species extinction due to climatic changes. The new tree would also help in the study of patterns of gene transfers among plant genomes. ...

Large-scale forces shape local ocean life, global study shows

...vernments or non-profits interested in maintaining biodiversity in the ocean or on land shouldn't simply create ..., he said, is safeguarding "source areas" for high biodiversity that act as wellsprings of eggs, seeds or vital nutrients or that provide important habitat for crit...

Three years of Proba, the 'smart' satellite that runs itself

... reflectance of crop residues and soils in France, biodiversity monitoring in Africa, coastal area mapping in the south of Chile and archaeological projects in Spain. Proba's additional payload The other imager on board Proba is the compact HRC, which has an even higher spatial resolution of five metres, acq...

Biodiversity: measuring up to the loss

...iological Diversity) agreed to staunch the loss of biodiversity by 2010. However, to meet this goal, biologists need reliable metrics to monitor global trends in biodiversity. In the open access journal, PLoS Biology, Stuart Butchart from Birdlife International, Cambridge, UK, and others from Conservation Intern...

Government development policies, not communities, main threat to forest conservation projects

...worked'. Over the past 25 years, says the report, biodiversity conservation has moved from a 'fences and fines' approach based on a system of heavily guarded, protected areas, to a more inclusive way of doing things, in which local communities are invited to take part in management. Communities are on the ground...

UGA scientist Moran receives $2.6 million from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for marine research

... Her research addresses issues ranging from marine biodiversity to global climate control. Moran is the first UGA scientist to receive an award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which was started in 2000 by Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, and his wife, Betty. The award is part of the foundation'...

Are museum collections of ancient life representative?

...dent in geosciences at Virginia Tech, compared the biodiversity of the mollusk collection from the Chesapeake regi...ed it would be similar but the Museum collection's biodiversity is very much the same as field-based bulk collections from several sites." The Virginia Museum of Na...

Reports says Uganda's forests worth $350 million/year

... such as watershed benefits, soil conservation and biodiversity values, estimating that Uganda's forests were worth $353 million each year, or more than five percent of Uganda's gross national product. "This report shows the importance of forests in Uganda in supporting the livelihoods of some of the poo...

Declining fish supply linked to wildlife consumption in West Africa, Science study reports

...ns and from the European Union in order to protect biodiversity and promote both food security and poverty eradica... overfishing in the region will further complicate biodiversity conservation on land. Connections between the over-harvesting of fish and increased pressure on terr...

Extinction in ocean's mud presages key ecological changes

...mately governs the ecosystem-level consequences of biodiversity loss," the researchers conclude. In short, predicting how coastal environments will cope as animal species decline as a result of human activity will depend on a better grasp of why species are at risk and how that risk is amplified or mini...

Order of species loss has important biodiversity consequences, grassland study reveals

...ssland ecosystem, researchers found that declining biodiversity greatly reduced resistance to invasive species and... have important implications for understanding the biodiversity crisis, said researcher Erika S. Zavaleta, assistant professor of environmental studies at the Unive...

2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species reveals 15,589 species at risk of extinction

...ovember 17, 2004 (Bangkok, Thailand) - The world's biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate, according t...of people on the environment, while protecting the biodiversity upon which so many people's livelihoods depend. The importance of international support in safeguard...

NASA satellite data to aid global conservation

... IUCN's Species Information Service is a worldwide biodiversity and conservation management tool that includes its...A will help IUCN develop this globally accessible, biodiversity database. PALNet and the WDPA also will benefit from NASA data. Many of the world's 100,000 protecte...

Census of Marine Life - Discoveries and Highlights 2004: Scientists add 4m+ records, 13,000 species

... protocols for the inventory of near-shore coastal biodiversity enable comparative worldwide surveys for the first...ion of species. Census researchers study biodiversity along near-shore areas from equatorial to polar water (NaGISA) and around a vast seafloor mountain r...

MBL scientists embark on international effort to uncover microbial diversity in world's oceans

... Microbes, the first global effort to focus on the biodiversity of single-celled organisms in the world's oceans. ...g with microscopic life forms. Most of the Earth's biodiversity is microbial in nature, particularly in the oceans where microorganisms account for more than 90 per...

Study in Royal Society journal on possible genetic factors in social responsiblity

...asion processes have the potential to alter global biodiversity considerably, this improved knowledge of the potential geography of the Argentine ant should be considered in preventive efforts. Contact: Dr Nria Roura-Pascual, Departament de Cincies Ambientals, Universitat de Girona, Facultat de Cincies, GIRONA, 1...

Global assessments of biodiversity argue for expansion of protected areas in key regions

... in the creation of additional protected areas for biodiversity conservation, and suggest ways to identify specifi...ly intensive technique for assessing protection of biodiversity based on both the number of species in an area and its "compositional turnover," a measure of how d...

Northwestern and Chicago Botanic Garden join forces to train botanists

... the growing national and international threats to biodiversity and impending global mass extinctions. In response...n threatens the most species. To stem the loss of biodiversity and its harm to ecosystems, threatened and endangered plants must be located and safeguarded, their ...

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(Date:4/23/2014)... conclusive evidence that the source of a unique rhythmic ... called the "bio-duck," is the Antarctic minke whale ( ... personnel in the 1960s who thought it sounded like ... various locations in the Southern Ocean, but its source ... 2013, an international team of researchers deployed acoustic tags ...
(Date:4/23/2014)... the likelihood of an accurate group decision increases with ... when a collective faces a variety of factors ... University researchers report that smaller groups actually tend to ... excessively focused on only certain pieces of information. , ... known about collective intelligence, or the "wisdom of crowds," ...
(Date:4/23/2014)... The shale gas boom has transformed the energy ... locations, it could cause conflict among the energy ... resources, say researchers. They add that degraded water ... adequate safeguards. The feature article appears in the ... , Meagan S. Mauter and colleagues point out ...
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