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How environment shapes…your nose

An important function of the human nose is to warm and humidify the air that we breathe in. This is important so as to prevent the inner respiratory tract from drying up, which can lead to infections. Because the shape of the nose and the... click to read more

  • Arslan Zaidi | PhD student at Department of Anthropology, PennState College of the Liberal Arts, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Mark Shriver | Professor at Department of Anthropology, PennState College of the Liberal Arts, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Views 3632
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 29, 2017
The silent battle of young corals against ocean acidification

Coral reefs are ecosystems of extraordinary diversity. Considered "the rainforests of the sea", they contain ~35% of described marine species despite only occupying 0.2% of the world's ocean. Although they are extremely important habitat providers and form large living structures (some reefs can be seen... click to read more

  • Taryn Foster | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Views 3832
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 19, 2016
Nitrogen pollution from lowlands reaches distant mountain lakes

Nitrogen is required by all living things, but too much of it can be a problem for aquatic ecosystems. Excess reactive nitrogen (nitrate and ammonium, forms that can be used directly by plants and algae) can cause lake eutrophication which can include harmful algal blooms,... click to read more

  • Beth Hundey | Adjunct Research Professor & eLearning specialist at Teaching Support Centre, Western University, London, Canada
  • Katrina Moser | Associate Professor at Department of Geography at Western University, London, Canada
  • Fred Longstaffe | Distinguished Professor at Department of Earth Science, Western University, London, Canada
Views 3767
Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 21, 2016
Resetting nature’s clock: shifting seasons and species relationships

Every year, many of us gaze in fascination at the movement of nature's clock, looking forward to seeing wild plants coming into bloom or the arrival of the first migrant birds. Less obvious, but just as dramatic, populations of phytoplankton bloom below the surface of... click to read more

  • Stephen Thackeray | Freshwater Ecologist at Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4AP, UK
  • Sarah Burthe | Animal Population Ecologist at Coastal Seas Ecology Group, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Bush Estate, Penicuik, Midlothian, EH26 0QB, UK
Views 3951
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 14, 2016
Ocean acidification and its effects on coral reef growth

Aptly named "Rainforests of the Sea", tropical coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. Much like how trees of a forest provide shelter for plants and animals living within, corals reefs provide food and shelter for millions of species ranging... click to read more

  • Rebecca Albright | Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University, CA, USA
Views 4159
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 8, 2016