ecosystem

The Potomac River in West Virginia in autumn

Can State Environmental Agencies Fill in for a Failing EPA?

There are places where EPA will fail the American people. But while state and local governments cannot perform all the functions that a national environmental agency can, visible local environmental and health impacts will lead mayors and governors to act.

by |April 10, 2017
Krill shortages will impact Adélie penguins’ foraging and reproductive abilities.

Studies Find Climate Change to Disrupt Antarctic and Tropical Ecosystems

A recent study finds that West Antarctica’s ecosystem is highly correlated to its climate. As a result, climate change will have a negative impact on its ecological relationships, from plankton to penguins. Antarctica isn’t alone – climate change will also affect tropical ocean ecosystems by causing mass coral bleaching.

by |August 14, 2014
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Keeping our Freshwater Fresh: Ecosystem Management Tools

We have been harming our hard-earned water resources; is it too late to clean up our act? With the help of the nine principles of ecology we can work towards effectively and sustainably managing these ecosystems, which will help us preserve the quality of New York’s freshwater resources and maintain our high quality drinking water.

by |February 14, 2014
Sea ice algae.

A Tale of Sea Ice, Algae and the Arctic

I returned to New York on Monday, but Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientists Andy Juhl and Craig Aumack remain working in Barrow, Alaska for another week. They’ll continue to collect data and samples in a race against deteriorating Arctic sea ice conditions as the onset of summer causes the ice to thin and break up.

by |May 29, 2013
Ctenophores

Ctene Sensations of the Arctic Ocean

One of the goals of Andy Juhl’s and Craig Aumack’s Arctic research is to determine the role of ice algae as a source of nutrition for food webs existing in the water column and at the bottom of the Arctic ocean.

by |May 23, 2013
Arctic Algae

What Lies Beneath Arctic Ice?

On Thursday we lowered a camera into an ice borehole to get a look at the underside of the ice. In the following video, you can clearly see the algae living in the bottom of the ice due to their pigments, which they use to harvest light.

by |May 19, 2013
Portrait of Lesula - Photo by Terese Hart

Scientists Discover New Species of Monkey

In a gigantic and remote rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a team of scientists have discovered a new species of Old World monkey known as the “Lesula.”

by |September 21, 2012
A Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti), taken at the Santa Barbara Zoo, California - Photo by Dori

Your Nose Knows Evolution – Do You?

Olfaction is one of the least understood senses but has played a vital role in the evolution of vertebrates. Basic survival behaviors such as foraging, communicating, recalling memory, and reproduction are often dependent on a protruding-facial structure that we too often ignore.

by |September 23, 2011
SEEU

Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates

CERC is now accepting applications for the Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates.

by |September 20, 2011
Seahorse at Wildlife Conservation Society New York Aquarium - Photo by David DiLillo

The Male Seahorse – Supermom?

The term, male-pregnancy, may seem to border on oxymoronic, but seahorses will prove to you otherwise.

by |September 16, 2011