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  • Protecting Our Resources

    "Refugia" provide buffer for natural and cultural resources

    Ecologists have created a fist-time framework for conserving areas dubbed “climate change refugia,” that is, areas naturally buffered from climate change that protect natural and cultural resources.

  • Keeping it Natural

    Untreated lawns help bee populations thrive

    Declining populations of pollinators is a major concern to ecologists because bees, butterflies and other insects play a critical role in supporting healthy ecosystems. Now a new study from urban... More

  • Alien Species

    Documenting the risk of invasives worldwide

    A new study by UMass Amherst biogeographer Bethany Bradley and Regan Early at the University of Exeter, U.K reveals that one sixth of the world’s lands are “highly vulnerable” to invasion by alien... More


    Growing diversity in the geosciences workforce

    Nine undergraduate STEM students from across the country took to the seas this spring on a 10-day oceanography voyage from San Diego to Hawaii as part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) STEM... More