I have to admit, at first I didn’t really notice. I live in Virginia, a state in the approximate middle of the east coast of the US. The city I call home is at the
During the 1990s, over 90,000 square kilometers of forest cover in the continental United States were lost—an approximate decline in coverage of nearly 3% or an area roughly equivalent to the size of Maine. Primarily
When most people think of a species they assume it is a unique, inviolate category of organism. Most of us learned in middle and high school the Biological Species Concept, that organisms of different species
“We owe it to each other to tell stories.” – Neil Gaiman Scientific writing is often belied as dry, stale; a block of indomitable, indecipherable text buttressed with vague language, passive voice, countless equations,
A guest post from Dr. Anita George, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane Australia People love learning about animals. It’s true. In PLOS blogs alone, animal posts have been very popular–including
In the first study to track the detailed movements of cheetahs in a coalition, researchers from the Royal Veterinary College, UK, and Cheetah Conservation Botswana explored how the cats meet up again after becoming separated.
When to Call in the Posse: Ecology answers when to hunt (or shop) with others, and when to go it alone
Fisherman are notorious hoarders of secrets. Your grandfather’s favorite fishing hole is information that might be shared only after you’ve attained an age at which such a precious secret can be entrusted. If it’s possible
The claws of coconut crabs can pinch with the strongest force of any crustacean, also exceeding the bite force of most land animals, according to Japanese scientists in a study published in the journal PLOS
Trophy hunting is the selective hunting and harvesting of wild game for human recreation—with the “trophy” being the portion of the animal that is kept, ranging from the entire animal to the head, skin, pelt,
Publish-or-Perish in Context: New research in publication rates says publish more, but is that the best answer for science?
If you’ve worked around academics you are surely familiar with the phrase publish-or-perish, the idea that publication rate, above all else, is the key to advancement as an academic. Plenty of ink has certainly been