I appreciate repetition. My favorite class in high school was AP Chemistry, but I think I owe most of my AP success to the previous year’s slog through regular Chemistry. By the time I took
Increasingly, animals have to share their space with human activities and infrastructure, even in protected nature reserves. Although human activity can often disturb animal populations, it can also be a source of reliable, easy-to-access resources.
A recent opinion piece in the Washington Post from Dr. Robert Alexander Pyron has created quite the stir in the conservation and biology communities. Pyron’s piece, We don’t need to save endangered species. Extinction is
Scientists are urging caution in the use of new genetic technologies for conservation purposes. In an article in PLOS Biology, Kevin Esvelt of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Neil Gemmell of the University of
Researchers from Cardiff University in Wales have shown for the first time that genetically distinct populations of wild mammals have different “odor dialects.” In a study published in Scientific Reports, they describe how populations of
The past 27 years have seen a dramatic decrease in total flying insect biomass, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE. Researchers report that flying insects in protected areas have decreased by more
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!
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
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,
The fearless coral reef fish known as the fang blenny might only grow to several inches long, but it packs a toothy, venomous bite. New research into the fang blenny family tree reveals how their