The winning photos from a recent ecology photo contest prove that Mother Nature is always ready for her close-up.
Biodiversity is a contraction of the phrase "biological diversity," and refers to the variability of life within a species (judged by the variations in its genetic makeup), an ecosystem, a region and even across the planet. The biodiversity of the Amazon, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, would include the terrestrial species found in the rainforest, the birds that fly in its skies and the aquatic creatures that swim in the Amazon River. But one could also examine the biodiversity of the Amazon River itself. Biodiversity varies widely across the globe, from places of high biodiversity, such as rainforests and coral reefs, and areas of lower biodiversity, such as agricultural fields. High biodiversity is often considered a sign of a healthy ecosystem, and many conservation efforts are aimed preserving biodiversity. Read below for stories on studies of biodiversity.
A morbidly maternal wasp, a crop-circle-creating pufferfish and an acrobatic arachnid are among the bizarre and awe-inspiring new species named in 2014, according to a new ranking.
For the first time in 150 years, researchers have found a new species of sea dragon, a marine creature with "unusual red coloration," according to a new study.
Marine ecologist Paul Sikkel discusses his passion for and work with coral reefs and the best ways to protect them.
Cataloguing chimps, berries and other life in Africa, researchers race to protect biodiversity on a warming planet.
The number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish on Earth dropped by 52 percent from 1970 to 2010, according to the World Wildlife Fund's newly released Living Planet Report.
Journey across the province of Palawan, which pokes out to the West of the Philippine Islands like a long finger squashed between the South China Sea and Sulu Sea.
With the increase of cross-species disease it is important to understand how disease, species-interactions and biodiversity interact.
Borneo's big muddy rivers, warm shaggy jungles, monsoonal rains, time and isolation have all made it evolution's wonderland. Take a tour of one of the richest places on Earth.
Optogenetics, a new field of brain research, was born out of basic research on two unlikely microbes.
From microbes to plants and large predators, every organism on Earth has evolved unique survival mechanisms and research has shown us how this biodiversity can help society.