I’m Dr. Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, a new PLOS Ecology Community Editor. Last summer I was a PLOS Ecology Reporting Fellow at the 2016 Ecological Society of America meeting and I’m excited to join the team year-round!
Scientists report the earliest known historical incidence of the fungus responsible for white-nose syndrome (WNS), the disease devastating North American bat populations. They detected the fungus on a bat specimen collected in France in 1918
This month, we are taking a closer look at some of the articles chosen as part of the PLOS Ecological Impacts of Climate Change Collection. This collection highlights recent articles that specifically address how changing
The deep sea covers around 65% of the planet’s surface, making it the largest habitat on Earth. Yet, this vast area remains largely unknown. The remoteness of the deep sea, which lies below 200 m,
A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners has identified the circumstances in which some animals change their behaviors in response to climate change. Behavioral flexibility allows animals to rapidly cope with
The climatic anomaly referred to as “The Blob” – a sudden increase in sea surface temperature – was first detected in the winter of 2013 in the Gulf of Alaska. It gradually extended southwards and
About a quarter of the over 1,300 species of bat are endemic to islands, meaning they are found there and nowhere else. These island-restricted bats play important roles in island ecosystems through seed dispersal, pollination,
Invasive lionfish in the Caribbean Sea are preying on fish species that scientists have not even described yet. Researchers from the University of Washington and Smithsonian Institution recorded video of a lionfish preying upon a
Like many scientists, Jean-François Bastin and colleagues had a question. A question that on its surface seems like it may have an obvious answer, or at least, an obvious way to find out the answer.
In late January, the Trump administration announced plans to move forward on building a border wall along the southern border with Mexico. A cornerstone of the Trump campaign, the wall not only presents human, financial,