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The natural history of wooden utility poles.

This post is part of a series entitled ‘Nature and Society’ which touches upon the relationships between mankind and the surrounding natural world. This post deals with the consumption of nature, specifically … Continue Reading The natural history of wooden utility poles.

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Bioluminescent fungi glow to take advantage of insects looking for love

When it comes to ‘catfishing‘, the bioluminescent fungi of the Agaricales order have the process down to a science.Each night, they emit a steady green light out into the darkness in … Continue Reading Bioluminescent fungi glow to take advantage of insects looking for love

Leveraging Ecology: Get a healthier, more productive garden by using ‘cover crops’

Welcome back to the Leveraging Ecology series; a collection of articles highlighting ways in which ecological principles can be applied to human practices and problems.In the last article, I highlighted how … Continue Reading Leveraging Ecology: Get a healthier, more productive garden by using ‘cover crops’

Leveraging Ecology: Harris hawks patrol the Festival de Cannes.

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.

The bats that live in carnivorous plants in Borneo

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

Guide to the best Falcon Cams of 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

Superb soil mesofauna photos by Andy Murray

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” behind … Continue Reading Superb soil mesofauna photos by Andy Murray

Invertebrate of the Week #16 – Peltodoris atromaculata

This week we are highlighting the distinctive nudibranch Peltodoris atromaculata.  A southern European species, this spotted Discodorid sea slug can be found throughout the Mediterranean and select locations off the western coast … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #16 – Peltodoris atromaculata

The Presence of Termites May Help Grasslands Resist Desertification.

Termites engineer their environments in ways that allow the area around their mounds to be buffered from climatic changes.That is the intriguing conclusion of a recent study published in the journal Science; providing … Continue Reading The Presence of Termites May Help Grasslands Resist Desertification.

Hidden in Plain Orange – How this harlequin bug’s orange coloration makes it both conspicuous and invisible

Aposematic coloration is the technical term for the coloration phenomenon found in such illustrious animals as poison dart frogs (Family: Dendrobatidae) and skunks.  The rationale is that the animal makes itself very conspicuous … Continue Reading Hidden in Plain Orange – How this harlequin bug’s orange coloration makes it both conspicuous and invisible

Ants and whistling-thorn trees are in a symbiotic relationship and “it’s complicated”

In most relationships, a “third wheel” could be a major problem but if you happen to be an ant or a Whistling-thorn tree, the stability of your symbiotic relationship may … Continue Reading Ants and whistling-thorn trees are in a symbiotic relationship and “it’s complicated”

Evarcha culicivora – The Spider With A Taste for Vertebrate Blood

It’s no mystery that spiders have a penchant for liquid food; that is how they eat after all.  But what about a spider with a particular affinity for the blood … Continue Reading Evarcha culicivora – The Spider With A Taste for Vertebrate Blood

Fruit, Females, and the Color Orange – Guppy Mate Preference in the Wild

Walk into almost any aquatic pet store and it’s likely that some of the first animals to catch your eye will be male guppies.  Domestic male guppies come in all … Continue Reading Fruit, Females, and the Color Orange – Guppy Mate Preference in the Wild

What Ecology Instructors Can Learn from Their Colleagues in Biogeography

Biogeography was a subject that I had no idea existed when I began my university education.  I always imagined Geography as being a field restricted to climatology, cartography, and GIS (Global … Continue Reading What Ecology Instructors Can Learn from Their Colleagues in Biogeography

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