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Frogs, salamanders and climate change

Posted: 18 May 2013 12:37 PM PDT

Increasingly erratic rainfall patterns can lead to declines in southeastern frog and salamander populations, but protecting ponds can improve their plight.

Reading rock to understand how climate change unfolds

Posted: 18 May 2013 12:32 PM PDT

Geologists reads rock, looking for the natural rules that govern the Earth’s climate in the absence of human activity. New work is challenging many assumptions about the ways drastic climate change unfolds – and what to expect next.

Invasive species: ‘away-field advantage’ weaker than ecologists thought

Posted: 17 May 2013 12:23 PM PDT

For decades, ecologists have assumed the worst invasive species—such as brown tree snakes and kudzu—have an “away-field advantage.” They succeed because they do better in their new territories than they do at home. A new study reveals that this fundamental assumption is not nearly as common as people might think.