Ecology & Zoology

Virgin Births Happen In 3 Percent Of Wild Sawfish In Florida Estuary

A Virgin Birth- parthenogenesis- may be a big deal in human culture but among wild sawfish in Florida it is apparently downright common. A new study finds that around 3 percent of the sawfish living in a Florida estuary are apparently the products of this ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 1 2015 - 11:00am

Pregnant Pipefish Fathers Are Not Super Dads

Many aquatic species have a reputation for negligent parenting. Having cast their gametes to the currents, they abandon their offspring to their fate. However, hands-on parenting is taken to a whole new dimension in the Syngnathidae fish family. Instead o ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 10 2015 - 9:00am

Why Some Threatened Corals Swap “Algae” Partners After Bleaching Events

A new research study showed why threatened Caribbean star corals sometimes swap partners to help them recover from bleaching events. The findings are important to understand the fate of coral reefs as ocean waters warm due to climate change. ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 5 2015 - 10:00am

Ranavirosis: Frogs Face Risk In Garden Ponds

Researchers have found that the severity of ranavirosis, a devastating disease that kills thousands of frogs each year, increases in the presence of exotic fish. The use of garden chemicals was also associated with increased severity of the disease.  ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 9 2015 - 8:41am

'Vampire' Plants Can Have Positive Impacts Up The Food Chain

New research has revealed that parasitic 'vampire' plants that attach onto and derive nutrients from another living plant may benefit the abundance and diversity of surrounding vegetation and animal life. By altering the densities of the hemipar ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 12 2015 - 10:00am

Wound Signals In Plants- Feeding Caterpillars Make Leaves Shine

When a plant is attacked by herbivores, this triggers a number of physiological responses in the plant and calcium ions are important messengers for the processing of wound signals in plant cells. They regulate signal transduction and indirectly control p ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 10 2015 - 4:00pm

Unattractive Males Try Harder

Life isn’t always fair. Some individuals are simply born more attractive than others. In most cases the females are the choosy ones, whereas males will try to mate as much as possible. So being unattractive poses the largest problems for males. In many sp ...

Blog Post - Chris Jacobs - Sep 1 2015 - 7:21am

Why I Love Surrounding Myself With Venomous Critters

Life is chemistry. You, me and every living thing – we’re all just spectacularly complex chemistry sets. Inside you, every second of the day, thousands of tiny chemical reactions are taking place. Chemical reactions powered your transformation from a sing ...

Article - The Conversation - Jun 10 2015 - 4:00pm

First Species Of Yeti Crab Found In Antarctica

The first species of Yeti Crab from hydrothermal vent systems of the East Scotia Ridge in the Southern Ocean, Antarctica, has been described in a study by Sven Thatje from University of Southampton, and colleagues. The species of Yeti crab Kiwa tyleri bel ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 2 2015 - 7:51am

The Region In The Brain That Gives Parrots Their Chat

Many animals – including seals, dolphins and bats – are able to communicate vocally. However, parrots are among a select few that can spontaneously imitate members of another species. A study has now pinpointed the region in the brain that may be allowing ...

Article - The Conversation - Jun 26 2015 - 11:30am