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  • via jeffollerton from Jeff Ollerton
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    1 week 3 days ago

    Today I’ve been cracking on with the refurbishment of the old summer house at the back of the garden that previous owners have let fall into rotten disrepair, whilst Karin attends a conference in London.  The renovation has been a slow job, due to lack of time, but a lot of fun, and a good excuse to play with power tools.  In between sawing and drilling, however, I’ve been keeping an eye out for bees and other flower visitors and was delighted to spot a new species for the garden – the Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria).  It’s a beautiful and distinctive insect that I know from other sites in Northampton, but had not recorded here previously.  The record has been submitted to the BWARS recording scheme for this species...

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  • via CJAB from Conservation Bytes
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    1 week 3 days ago
    While I’m in transit (yet a-bloody-gain) to Helsinki, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on one of the most inspiring eco-tourism experiences I recently had in South Australia. If you are South Australian and have even the slightest interest in wildlife, you will have of course at least heard of the awe-inspiring mass […] ... Read the full article.
  • via WildlifeSNPits from WildlifeSNPits
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    1 week 4 days ago

    Ectotherms and Climate Change
    Ectotherms regulate their body temperature using external heat sources; for example, turtles bask in the sun or on hot rocks to warm up, then retreat to the shade when they become over heated.  Increasing temperatures due to climate change are expected to have physiological effects on animals and plants.  Heat shock proteins are molecular chaperones which assist in protein synthesis and folding, particularly when a cell is stressed (ex- very hot temperatures).  This paper (sub) experimentally manipulated the incubation temperature of loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) embryos, then generated transcriptomes of the brain.  The researchers...

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  • via Jeremy Fox from Dynamic Ecology
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    1 week 4 days ago

    Also this week: the pros and cons of axing the DDIG program, NIH vs. shopkeeper science, and more.

    From Meghan:

    This is brilliant. I think I’d give them a grant based on this alone:

    IT upgraded our computer so now the mouse has to keep moving so it doesn't go into sleep mode during the run. #LabHack pic.twitter.com/PNcVbwtKha

    — Karine (@KarineReiter1) June 9, 2017

    From Jeremy:

    Terry McGlynn with a useful summary of the arguments for and against NSF’s axing of the DDIG program.

    NIH has...

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  • via James Ross from Journal of Ecology blog
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    1 week 4 days ago
    Public University of Navarre press release: Mixed Scots pine and beech forests can grow more as they complement each other in the use of resources, unless rainfall is low In an article published in Journal of Ecology, researchers from the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre and the CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) have analysed the two… Read the full article.
  • via Chris Grieves from methods.blog (Methods in Ecology and Evolution)
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    1 week 4 days ago
    Post provided by Michael Morrissey Evolutionary quantitative genetics provides formal theoretical frameworks for quantitatively linking natural selection, genetic variation, and the rate and direction of adaptive evolution. This strong theoretical foundation has been key to guiding empirical work for a … Continue reading → Read the full article.
  • via freshwaterblog from The BioFresh blog
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    1 week 4 days ago
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    Coffee beans. Image: Shunichi Kouroki | Flickr Creative Commons

    A cup (or two) of coffee is a regular start to the day for many people. However, new research from the USA suggests that America’s caffeine habit may be contributing new stresses to the country’s aquatic ecosystems.

    Our bodies don’t absorb all of the caffeine – the stimulant that can give us a pleasing ‘pep up’ – present in coffee, tea and many soft drinks, and as a result some caffeine is expelled in urine and faeces. Generally, sewage treatment plants remove a large proportion of caffeine from wastewater.

    However, a long-term study in San Diego, USA, has found caffeine in remote streams far...

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  • via Camilla Morrison-Bell from BES Ecology and Policy Blog
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    1 week 4 days ago

    On Thursday 25 May I travelled from Cornwall to London to attend the first ever BES/ZSL one day workshop on “Engaging with Parliament and Responding to Inquiries”. In my view, this workshop was timely as Brexit, whether we agree with it or not, will reassess environmental legislation. The moment to engage is now; and as the snap election was not on the cards when I registered, the workshop was even more interesting!

    The day started with opening talks about what Parliament is and how it works, given by Ben Connor, our own BES Policy Manager. In this brief talk we were told the difference between parliament and government and the structure and function of parliament. We were also introduced to how the parliament scrutinises the government and debates issues, for example via Select Committees. We were also told about...

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  • via Adrian Paterson from EcoLincNZ
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    1 week 4 days ago

    OK I must confess that I have become a bit of a Kickstarter junkie. This is a crowd-funding site where people put up ideas and the public puts in pledges to help fund them. Typically, there are stretch goals which add more rewards to the backers when pledges reach certain levels of funding.

    You can certainly waste a lot of time looking at the various projects. Also, if you back a project that goes crazy then you can get a lot of...

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  • via colindonihue from Colin Donihue
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    1 week 4 days ago

    Greece came and went this year faster than it ever has before. I think it had to do with the fact that it was the third of my field expeditions this spring. Maybe it had something to do with the only three days at home between returning from the Bahamas and leaving for Athens. Much of my time in Greece was spent breathless trying to get from island to island and now, in retrospect, the three weeks of fieldwork seem like a bit of a hazy dream.

    Luckily I’ve got a big stack of data sheets to remember the lizards by.

    The goal this year was to revisit the island introduction experiment I started in 2014. This is year three and the first year where all of the lizards we originally introduced to the island have likely died of old age. This means that most of the lizards we were catching were the grandkids of the original colonists and had never experienced any environment other than the little islands they were born on. This is terrific for our ability to start asking...

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