Articles on ecosystems

  1. Plants

    Earthworm invaders may be stressing out some maples

    Worms are great for soil when ecosystems have evolved with them. But in earthworm-free places, like parts of the U.S. Upper Midwest, they can cause problems for plants and animals.

  2. Oceans

    Expedition finds South Pacific plastic patch bigger than India

    A giant, floating ‘garbage patch’ in the South Pacific off Chile’s coast is mostly tiny bits of plastic.

  3. Ecosystems

    As trees come down, some hidden homes are disappearing

    Animals such as frogs, toucans and possums live in tree hollows. But as people have cut down trees, a wildlife housing shortage has developed in some places.

  4. Oceans

    Cool Jobs: Science deep beneath the waves

    These scientists probe the sea’s depths, its strange inhabitants, the movement of water and how life evolves in extremes.

  5. Animals

    Wildebeest drownings feed a river ecosystem for years

    Hundreds or thousands of wildebeests can drown at a time in the Mara River. Those carcasses, however, will feed a succession of other animals.

  6. Animals

    Bee hotels are open for business

    Bee hotels are creating a buzz in conservation and research by offering nesting places for wild bees.

  7. Ecosystems

    Cool Jobs: Bringing caves’ dark secrets to light

    These three cave researchers study caves to learn more about climate, geology and organisms that can survive some of Earth’s most hostile environments.

  8. Ecosystems

    Camera catches new fish species — as it’s eaten!

    A video of a lionfish eating a new-found species of fish raises concerns about the threat lionfish pose to undiscovered species in deep reefs.

  9. Tech

    Underwater robot vacuums up lionfish

    Lionfish damage coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean. A new underwater robot hunts, stuns and captures the bullies with help from a human operator.

  10. Life

    Cities drive animals and plants to evolve

    Biologists are finding that some species have used genetic changes to evolve — adapt — to the pollution and other stressors that they encounter in cities.

  11. Ecosystems

    America’s duck lands: These ‘potholes’ are under threat

    North America’s prairies are in trouble. Scientists race against the clock for clues about how to save the plants — and animals — that call it home.

  12. Ecosystems

    Underwater meadows appear to fight ocean germs

    The seagrasses that sway in coastal currents are more than aquatic groundcover. They can reduce harmful bacteria that might otherwise sicken neighboring animals, new data show.