Ecology

New research shows how oil spills and their cleanup harm water striders, raising questions about the broader ecological impacts of even small spills.
Brian Owens, Contributor
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
Walls, fences and other obstacles hamper the mobility of mammals and birds.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
It’s becoming increasingly noisy beneath the waves, but people can do something about it.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
The insects adorn their hives with animal feces to fend off giant hornet attacks.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
New research method’s validity confirmed by bottom trawls.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
Scientists can identify plants by the light they reflect.
Tess Joosse, Contributor
Treatment that eases bipolar symptoms in humans stops risky behavior in infected sticklebacks.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
This month in disquieting science.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
The discovery raises hopes that chimps can adapt to threats such as climate change.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
A new type of exotic mantis has entered the U.S. My own brood of nonnative mantises sheds light on what that means.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
New drone footage catches shark-on-shark predation in action.
Joshua Learn, Contributor