CU Denver scientists will aid whitebark pine conservation efforts

A University of Colorado Denver-led research team for the first time developed reliable genetic markers known as nuclear microsatellites for the whitebark pine, a...

Massive organism is crashing on our watch

Utah State University researchers Paul Rogers and Darren McAvoy have conducted the first complete assessment of the Pando aspen clone and the results show...

Answers to questions: why tropical forests are so ecologically diverse?

Working with high-resolution satellite imaging technology, researchers from Brown University and the University of California, Los Angeles have uncovered new clues in an age-old...

Species-rich forests store twice as much carbon as monocultures

In 2009, BEF-China began as a unique forest biodiversity experiment in collaboration between institutions in China, Germany and Switzerland. The large-scale project investigated the...

Primary tropical forests are best but regrowing forests are also vital to biodiversity

Even after 40 years of recovery, secondary forests remain species and carbon-poor compared to undisturbed primary forests, a new study reveals. However these secondary forests...

Secondary forests have short lifespans

Secondary forests, or forests that have regrown after agriculture use, only last an average of 20 years, according to a recently released scientific paper. The...

End of Colombia conflict may bring new threats to ecosystems

More than 50 years of internal conflict in Colombia have left behind roughly 8 million victims, including 220,000 dead. Now the country is in...

Researchers model tree species distributions in Amazonia

Researchers from the Amazon Research Team of the University of Turku have succeeded in producing distribution maps for a selection of important tropical tree...

Tree species richness in Amazonian wetlands greater than expected

Throughout the alluvial plains of Amazonia, there are immense forests that are flooded for almost half the year. These Amazonian wetlands encompass a wide...

Research determines reasons for massive fires in south-central Chile

A Montana State University-led team has discovered several reasons why massive fires continue to burn through south-central Chile. Besides low humidity, high winds and extreme...

Why are tropical forests so diverse?

Ecologists have long struggled to explain why tropical forests have so many different species of trees. One dominant theory to emerge contends that each...

Species-rich forests better compensate environmental impacts

Forest ecosystems are elementary for a climatic balance. Countries such as China have recognized this fact; for years, they have been conducting extensive afforestation...

In the eastern US, adult trees adapt and acclimate to local climate

Trees growing in temperate forests in the eastern US show strong adaptation or acclimation to local climate. So reports a new study that analyzed...

Bird communities dwindle on New Mexico’s Pajarito Plateau

Researchers have found declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites surveyed in northern New Mexico, where eight species vanished...

Frequent fires make droughts harder for young trees, even in wet eastern forests

Forests in the eastern United States may have had it easy compared to their western counterparts, with the intense, prolonged droughts and wildfires that...