Ecosystems

Researchers found fewer tree seedlings on noisy plots in a pinyon-juniper woodland, likely because the sound drove away animals that disperse seeds.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Researchers discover hot spot off the coast of Italy with up to 1.9 million pieces of plastic per square meter.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
Study of fish personalities highlights the importance of wildlife as individuals, not just species.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Researchers suggest that a previously unidentified factor may drive whales to migrate.
Jesse Kathan, Contributor
Bacteria help drive Earth's chemical cycles and climate. Viruses drive the bacteria.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
A new study in Vietnam offers hope for a massive freshwater species.
Amanda Heidt, Contributor
Expeditions in remote Amazon waterways result in identification of two previously unknown electrified fish.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
Researchers are learning how to cope with the arrival of the sargassum’s “brown tide."
Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Contributor
Komodo dragons outlived their giant reptile peers through isolation and some lucky breaks, although cannibalism and virgin births may have helped.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
Researchers discover evidence of a kauri tree "superorganism" in New Zealand.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Searching for dwarf foxes and cloud forests on California's Santa Rosa Island -- a national park that the park service says is "like nowhere else on Earth."
Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor
After diving penguins drive fish to shallow waters, flying seabirds follow -- and share the bounty.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor