Category Archives: News

Environmental Warming and Feminization of One of the Largest Sea Turtle Populations in the World

Climate change affects species and ecosystems around the globe [1]. The impacts of rising temperature are particularly pertinent in species with temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD), where the sex of an individual is determined by incubation temperature during embryonic development [2]. In sea turtles, the proportion of female hatchlings increases with the incubation temperature. With average global temperature predicted to increase 2.6°C by 2100 [3], many sea turtle populations are in danger of high egg mortality and female-only offspring production. Current Biology January 8, 2018

Global register lists alien species

The first global register of alien species shows that a fifth of 6,400 plants and animals catalogued are causing harm. Some of the biggest factors in their spread are ballast water in ships for marine species and trade in ornamental plants on land, say scientists. BBC News 27 January 2018

Does Your Garden Welcome Wildlife Visitors With Something to Eat?

Does Your Garden Welcome Wildlife Visitors With Something to Eat?

Stripes of wildflowers across farm fields could cut pesticide spraying

This study is taking place in the UK but applies here. The Guardian

Understanding and managing invasive plant species

Smart gardeners adapt their gardening practices to avoid spreading invasive species. Michigan State University Extension February 1, 2018

Natural Climate Patterns Create Hot Spots of Rapid Sea Level Rise

Scientific American, January 6, 2018

An integrated assessment of vascular plants species of the Americas

Science Magazine, Dec. 22, 2017 See also the online database information: Vascular Plants of the Americas

Why your children (and you) need more Vitamin N

Huffington Post Dec. 5, 2017

Amateur Naturalist: The Mathematical Symmetry Of Pine Cones

Los Alamos Daily Post, Dec 2, 1017

Book Review: The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas

Native Plant Society of Texas, Nov. 30, 2017