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Ecology

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Coverage of ecology since November 25, 2021.

Penticton hoping to create more FireSmart neighbourhoods

"...The Thomas Creek wildfire burned above OK Falls and Oliver for more than a month. The City of Penticton and the RDOS are hoping to raise provide people in the ecology industry with tools and information on wildfire prevention. ((Mike Biden photo)..."

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Trustee Laura Patrick Reports To Community As 2022 Kicks Off

"...The Protection of the Coastal Douglas Fir and Associated Ecosystem Project, through the contributions of a science working group, has developed a powerful mapping tool that brings together several layers of information about contiguous forests, sensitive ecosystems, protected areas and groundwater recharge potential. There are opportunities to use this tool to explore different management scenarios that can help us make informed choices when it comes to prioritizing areas for protection. The LTC is working with Salt Spring Fire Rescue to see if the use of development permit area tools is an effective approach to help mitigate wildfire risk..."

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Natural Christmas trees preferable to fake ones

"...An environmental consulting firm in Montreal comparing natural and artificial Christmas trees concluded that natural trees have less impact on climate change and resource depletion, says retired VIU forest ecology professor. (Stock photo)..."

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Schools of mollie fish

"...We've all seen sports spectators performing "the wave," where crowds of people stand up then sit back down to simulate a wave moving through the stadium. Well, schools of a certain fish have been found to perform a similar action, in order to keep from being eaten. The sulphur mollie (Poecilia sulphuraria) is a small freshwater fish which gets its name from the fact that it's found mainly in hydrogen-sulphide-rich springs..."

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Accredited Program Spotlight: Environmental Studies at The King's University

"...Early on in her degree, the program provided Kristy and her classmates' support with resume and cover letter writing and preparing for interviews. This support was one of the reasons she was able to secure her internship with Ducks Unlimited over the summer as a conservation technician. Her internship focused on wetland restoration and monitoring to determine the success of previous restorations..."

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Maxwell Lake watershed benefits from grant funds

"...Ruth Waldick, a research scientist who heads up climate action plan implementation with Transition Salt Spring, said the project will start with experts in fire ecology, forestry and biology walking the land of the just over one-square-kilometre watershed. They will collect qualitative and quantitative information from different parts of the watershed, creating a database and maps to identify ideal areas to receive treatment..."

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Future Greater Victoria droughts could be worse than any on record: watershed researcher

"...Water levels on Sooke Lake reservoir dipped well below the five-year average during the summer 2021 drought, according to Capital Regional District statistics. Bethany Coulthard, a hydroclimatologist and watershed ecology expert doing research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – she lives and works in Shawinigan Lake – said these conditions could tip the balance in the long term..."

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Dinosaurs and digs: Everything you need to know

"...Jordan Mallon is a research scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature here in Ottawa. He mainly studies horned dinosaur evolution and dinosaur paleoecology which is the study of past ecology. This week Mallon interviewed with the Fulcrum to discuss dinosaurs, digs, and all your burning questions about life on Earth millions of years ago..."

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Researchers try producing potatoes resistant to climate change

"..."The predictions for climate change are heavier rainfall events, and potatoes don't tolerate flooding or wet conditions for long without having other quality problems," Porter said. "If we want potatoes to be continued to be produced successfully in Maine, we need to be able to produce varieties that can be resistant to change. "..."

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Scientists attempting to make potato that can withstand climate change

"...Warming temperatures and an extended growing season can lead to quality problems and disease, Gregory Porter, a professor of crop ecology and management, told the Bangor Daily News. “The predictions for climate change are heavier rainfall events, and potatoes don't tolerate flooding or wet conditions for long without having other quality problems,” Porter said. “If we want potatoes to be continued to be produced successfully in Maine, we need to be able to produce varieties that can be resistant to change..."

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Next Open Dialogue Live to explore sustainable food production systems and food insecurity

"...Zero Hunger, one of 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aims to end hunger and achieve food security and improved nutrition by the year 2030 while promoting sustainable agriculture..."

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High fish mortality rates possible after record-breaking B.C. floods Globalnews.ca

"...Several species of fish could suffer high mortality rates as a result of catastrophic flooding in southern B. C. last week, warn some experts and observers..."

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Jobs in ecology

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Research Scientist - Phytoplankton Ecologist and Ocean acidification

"...Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard (Mont-Joli QC): Pelagic and Ecosystem Science Division of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Québec Region requires a research scientist in biological oceanography to examine plankton ecology and lower trophic level..."

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Applied Terrestrial Ecology Assistant Professor

"...(2) Special consideration will be given to candidates with research expertise in ecosystem-based..."

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2022 Summer Student - Environmental Biology/Science Student (#984, 985)

"...Environmental Science, Environmental Technology or Ecology Year of study: Open to students who have completed at least their 2nd year of study or higher Location: Chalk River, ON NOTE: All students..."

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Term Lecturer - Environmental Science AUENV 335

"...This position involves responsibility for teaching one lecture section in the 2022 Winter term (20 to 35 students)..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention ecology.

Rewilding Earth Podcast Episode 80: Ignacio Jimenez on Institutional Ecology and Rewilding Spain

Duration: 34:22

"...Ignacio Jiménez (1969, Spain) has extensive international experience in conservation..."

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Canola School: Managing weeds early in the season

Duration: 6:04

"...Starting the year off on the right foot requires a little bit of forethought and planning..."

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The practicality of permanence in the soil carbon market

Duration: 19:24

"...A word that continues to surface when carbon offsets come up is permanence..."

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Journal of Animal Ecology: Citizen Science Special Issue, episode 5 Mark Ditmer

Duration: 21:31

"...JAE Blog editor Julie Sheard interviews Mark Ditmer from Colorado State University..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about ecology.

The White-tailed Deer: A Forest Icon (4K)

"...The white-tailed deer is perhaps the most easily recognizable mammal species in the Eastern US, but how much do you really know about this iconic herbivore? Learn all about the ecology and conservation of these ungulates, as well as their long history of hunting and wildlife management in today's episode of The Wild Report! ..."

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Science should put a business hat being clearer about Consequences & Solutions

"...Andy has published and edited several books: “Conservation and Biodiversity”, “Population Dynamics of Diseases in Natural Populations”, and “Unsolved Problems in Ecology. ” He has been an external Faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute since 2011..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about ecology relevant to the latest news.

The Roles of Competition and Facilitation in Producing Zonation Along an Experimental Flooding Gradient: a Tale of Two Tails wi

"...Models guiding wetland restoration need to include competition as well as flood duration as causal factors, but not facilitation..."

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The Influence of Covid-19 on Perceived Health Effects of Wetland Parks in China

"...The results provide empirical evidence for managing ecosystem services as delivered by these urban wetlands, in the context of COVID-19 or potential future pandemics, for promoting public health..."

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Springs of Southeastern Serbia with a Focus on the Vlasina Plateau: Different Types of Challenges for the Macroinvertebrate Com

"...The threats to springs in the study area range from water being diverted for water supply systems of nearby settlements, use of thermal water for therapeutic purposes and surface habitat modification, to anthropogenic groundwater depletion and pollution, as well as changes caused by the ongoing climate change..."

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Growing Menace of Microplastics in and Around the Coastal Ecosystem

"...Such harmful impacts are very much visible in various forms like air pollution, water pollution, toxic chemicals, waste generation and management issues, and degradation of land..."

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A quantifiable architecture for urban social-ecological complex landscape pattern

"...Context For urban ecology science to facilitate urban sustainable development by improving urban residents? material wealth and environmental suitability, it is important to quantitatively analyze urban areas using current and forthcoming data collection and analysis technologies; however, current approaches remain inadequate and are not systematic compared with the relatively mature urban ecology theory..."

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The biology and ecology of coral rubble and implications for the future of coral reefs

"...Structural complexity provided by the living coral reef framework is the basis of the rich and dynamic biodiversity in coral reefs..."

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Soil microbiota community assembling in native plant species from Brazil?s legal Amazon

"...The results of our study highlight the importance of considering endemic tree species as potential hosts for a solid and diverse soil food web on a sustainable way to improve soil ecology, root traits, and plant performance..."

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Stoneflies in the genus Lednia (Plecoptera: Nemouridae): sentinels of climate change impacts on mountain stream biodiversity

"...With a broad distribution in mountain streams and close ties to declining glacier cover, Lednia has emerged as a sentinel of climate change threats to high-elevation aquatic biodiversity..."

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Above-ground biomass and high temperatures are more important than productivity for the spatial pattern of bird richness in Sub

"...In South American Subtropical Dry forests, a global deforestation hotspot, this type of research remains poorly explored..."

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China and the UN Food System Summit: Silenced Disputes and Ambivalence on Food Safety, Sovereignty, Justice, and Resilience

"...This article exposes how tensions and ambivalence about agroecology and food sovereignty in China create silences in these discussions, and addressing them within China can also resolve the global tensions that marked the UNFSS as a whole..."

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"...The results achieved are summarized here, of course, as it is a complex and popular movement that generated many learnings, especially on the territory-region relationship, food sovereignty, agroecology, and cooperation aimed at sustainable development, as described in the text..."

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Rare soil bacteria are more responsive in desertification restoration than abundant bacteria

"...Soil microbes play key roles in ecosystem functions, especially in the recovery of ecosystems from disturbance, and exploring community assembly under changing environments has long been a central theme in microbial ecology..."

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