Ecology Archives - State of the Planet

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What Are the Biggest Threats to the Endangered Species Act?

The changes currently proposed by Congress and the Trump administration are dangerous for biodiversity. Here’s what you need to know.

by |July 31, 2018
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Columbia Team Helps Investigate Algae Bloom Near Kilauea Eruption

Researchers from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are exploring how volcanic inputs are influencing ocean health in Hawaii.

by |July 18, 2018

Fighting Ticks With a Few Taps of the Phone

A new smartphone app offers hope of stemming the spread of diseases like Lyme, and providing some peace of mind in the process.

by |July 9, 2018

Study Signals Change in How Scientists Calculate Ancient Diets

Scientists have long determined what extinct animals ate by analyzing carbon isotopes locked inside their fossil teeth. But a new study shows that in many cases, they may be plugging the wrong numbers into their equations. The findings may change some views of how mammals, including us, evolved.

by |June 27, 2018

Artificial Intelligence—A Game Changer for Climate Change and the Environment

Artificial intelligence is helping us manage the impacts of climate change and protect the environment in many ways.

by |June 5, 2018

New York’s Waterways are WILD: Come Explore at the Great Fish Count!

On June 2nd, residents in and around New York City can join scientists in exploring our estuary and assessing the diversity of our local waterways.

by |May 26, 2018

Former Lamont-Doherty Intern Takes Home Fourth Place In Intel Science Fair

Alexandria Ang takes home the prestigious recognition for her research on a climate change-driven algae whose greenish blooms plague the Arabian Sea.

by |May 25, 2018

How Australia Got Planted

A new study has uncovered when and why the native vegetation that today dominates much of Australia first expanded across the continent.

by |May 21, 2018

The 100th Meridian, Where the Great Plains Begin, May Be Shifting

Two new papers find that the line that divides the moist East and arid West is edging eastward due to climate change—and the implications for farming and other pursuits could be huge.

by |April 11, 2018
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Bronx High School Student is a Finalist in Intel Science Fair

Alexandria Ang, a former intern at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will present her scientific discoveries for a chance to win some major prizes.

by |April 10, 2018