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  • Stomach Stories

    Stomach content analysis sheds light on sperm whale conservation and ecology

    In the largest regional study of its type to date, Michelle Staudinger, marine ecologist and adjunct faculty in the UMass Amherst Department of Environmental Conservation, and colleagues offer a better understanding of the feeding ecologies of two... More

  • Urban Ecology

    Bird and plant species more diverse worldwide than expected says study

    UMass Amherst Ecologist, Paige Warren, an expert in biological diversity, co-leads an international group of scientists who have found that urban environments across the globe support a diverse number of birds and plants. Their survey confirms that... More

  • Floral Transmitters

    Researchers offer first systematic review and recommendations on disease transmission via flowers

    As hubs for bees and pollinators, flowers are little studied but may be crucial in disease transmission. “Almost nothing is known regarding how pathogens of pollinators are transmitted at flowers,” says postdoctoral researcher, Scott McArt, and... More

  • Polar Test

    Developing new biomarkers to measure stress in wild animals

    Chemical analyses by UMass Amherst neuroscientist Jerrold Meyer (Psychology and the Center for Neuroendocrine Studies) and his colleagues are helping to establish hair cortisol concentration (HCC) as an important new biomarker for stress in wild... More