The University of Louisiana at Monroe clearly defined its priorities this week when it ordered the curators of its natural history collection to find a new home for their 6.5 million … Continue Reading To expand athletic facilities, ULM will destroy its natural history collection if new home not found by July
Meet an unusual group of octopuses in which the females make paper-thin shells out of arm-gland secretions and the males can’t mate without losing one of their limbs. Despite the … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #19 – Argonauts (Genus: Argonauta)
It was beautiful. And it was dead. On September 7, 1936 the last thylacine in captivity (and the last anywhere on record) was discovered dead in its enclosure at the … Continue Reading Australian researchers launch search for living Thylacines in Queensland
The damage caused by plastic products entering Earth’s oceans is well-documented and widely understood by the general public (at least in the developed parts of the world) and we know … Continue Reading Video: Plastic microfibers entering the food chain via plankton
Ever since the early years of human civilization, the biodiversity of our planet has been profoundly influenced by human activities. This phenomenon (along with climate change, selective breeding and other human-derived evolutionary pressures, … Continue Reading More Than 200 Minerals Are Inadvertent Byproducts of Human Activities
After a seagull swooped onto a table at the the Cannes Grand Hyatt and knocked a glass of wine over on actress Sophie Marceau in 2011, the hotel knew it couldn’t let a … Continue Reading Leveraging Ecology: Harris hawks patrol the Festival de Cannes.
Austin Thomas is a UK-based wildlife photographer whose work you may recognize from BBC Wildlife Magazine. Though he has a keen eye for capturing compelling images of all manner of … Continue Reading Running Birds of Prey by Austin Thomas
In 2009, ecologist Ulmar Grafe (University of Brunei Darussalam) was busy working in Borneo. He was there to study how tadpoles survive in the digestive fluid of Nepenthes pitcher plants but his … Continue Reading The bats that live in carnivorous plants in Borneo
Watch the expedition live stream here! Previously recorded video is available in-between dives. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and partners have begun a three-cruise deep sea expedition that will … Continue Reading NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer provides Live Feed for 2016 expedition
Refreshing the List for 2016 This is an update of a post that initially appeared in 2014 highlighting iPhone apps for naturalists. Whether you’re a birder, stargazer, or mushroom fanatic (is there a … Continue Reading iPhone Apps for Naturalists (2016)
In case you were unaware, it’s Falcon Cam season and conservation groups, energy companies, libraries, etc. all have their Falcon Cams up and running. The 24-hour live streams give viewers an … Continue Reading Guide to the best Falcon Cams of 2016
I’ve never met Andy Murray in-person, but I feel like we’re kindred spirits when it comes to how we feel about the natural sciences. Andy is the “photographer, writer, entomologist and traveller” … Continue Reading Superb soil mesofauna photos by Andy Murray
Launched in 2011, Brilliant Botany began as a blog created by Claire Hopkins while studying Plant Science and English as an undergraduate. Initially a platform for Claire to share her … Continue Reading Noteworthy: “Brilliant Botany” Youtube Series
Thorny oysters are a genus of bivalve molluscs and are the only genus within the family Spondylidae. The term ‘thorny oyster’ is a misnomer since this organisms aren’t closely related to true oysters and are … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #18 – Variable Thorny Oyster (Spondylus varius)
Biologist Alexander Kroupa and a team of 14 colleagues are working with the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin on a huge undertaking: make high resolution images of the museum’s insect collection of freely … Continue Reading Zoosphere and Museum für Naturkunde Berlin make high resolution insect specimen images freely available.
A total of 114 times in 110 years. That’s how many times researchers have observed the elusive Stygiomedusa gigantea, a giant deep sea jelly with a bell 1.4 meters wide and broad … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #17 – Stygiomedusa gigantea