Ecology - Page 5

  • Rapid Evolution of Frog Defences

    Until very recently it was believed that evolutionary processes only happened over very long periods of time, but these findings indicate that the presence of a non-native predator can induce a process of rapid evolutionary change in a native species.

    By Alex Taylor on 15th July 2014
  • Fewer Large Mammals Means Greater Disease Risk

    More rodents means more fleas, and genetic screens of these fleas showed that they carry significant numbers of disease-causing bacterial pathogens called Bartonella.

    By Alex Taylor on 14th May 2014
  • The Invasion of the Burmese Python

    Their presence in such huge numbers has led scientists to try to discover the impact of this invasive species on the natural ecosystem and native species living in the park.

    By Alex Taylor on 30th April 2014
  • Lizards Feel the Heat of Climate Change

    Study recommends that future research should focus on the availability of shade habitat and the energetic consequences of the behavioural changes that climate change may cause in the species.

    By Alex Taylor on 26th March 2014
  • Pika eat Moss to Survive Climate Change

    The pikas ingest the low quality moss over and over again and, with the help of microbes in their gut, the moss is turned into high-quality food. The end product is 6 times more nutritious than the moss itself.

    By Alex Taylor on 8th January 2014
  • The Chiew Larn Reservoir – Ecological Armageddon

    The native small mammals vanished extremely quickly. In fragments less than 10 hectares, they disappeared almost entirely within 5 years. By 25 years only a handful were left, on average less than one individual per island

    By Alex Taylor on 22nd October 2013
  • Sea Otter Return Helps Seagrass Recovery

    Once again, sea otters are helping to demonstrate that the conservation of one species can have significant benefits to many others.

    By Alex Taylor on 17th September 2013