Ecology Archives - State of the Planet

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Reflections from Antarctica: A Landscape in Flux

Working as an Antarctic field scientist, I witnessed the destruction provoked by a rapidly warming planet. But I also found inspiration.

by |January 16, 2018
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What is Biodiversity and How Does Climate Change Affect It?

In general, the more species that live in an area, the healthier that ecosystem is—and the better off we humans are.

by |January 15, 2018

Trump’s Destruction of National Monuments is Unethical and Short-Sighted

Preservation of national monuments is a moral issue—not a political, legal or economic issue—and we owe it to our children to stop Trump’s destruction of them.

by |December 12, 2017

Understanding Earth’s Geologic History to Predict the Future

Organic geochemist Pratigya Polissar is developing new tools to look at the history of plants and ecosystems on Earth over the past 20 million years.

by |December 7, 2017
caribou graze in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: How Drilling for Oil Could Impact Wildlife

Congress is moving closer to opening Alaska’s pristine wilderness to oil and gas development. What might that mean for the creatures living there?

by |December 6, 2017
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Studying Bioluminescent Blooms in the Arabian Sea

A plankton-like species is attacking the base of the food chain in the Arabian sea, disrupting water quality and killing fish. Researchers at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are learning how to fight back.

by |December 4, 2017

American Geophysical Union 2017: Key Events From the Earth Institute

A chronological guide to key talks and other events presented by Columbia University’s Earth Institute at the American Geophysical Union 2017 meeting. 

by |December 4, 2017

By 2100, Climate Change Could Alter Key Microbial Interactions in the Ocean

The warmer, more acidic waters caused by climate change influence the behavior of tiny marine organisms essential to ocean health.

by |October 31, 2017

Improving Tools for Predicting Wildfires

During a conference at Columbia University, scientists pinpointed areas where advances in fire prediction can be made within the next decade.

by |October 27, 2017

Under the Sea Ice, Behold the Ancient Arctic Jellyfish

A video reveals mature jellyfish under the Arctic sea ice, where they aren’t supposed to be.

by |October 23, 2017