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The lush biodiversity of the Amazon may be due in part to the dynamics of branching rivers, which serve as invisible fences that continuously barricade and merge bird populations.
The spate of furious wildfires around the world during the past decade has revealed to ecologists how much biodiversity and “pyrodiversity” go hand in hand.
The simple insight that most changes are random had a profound effect on genetics, evolution and ecology.
In three bursts of adaptive change, one species of cichlid fish in Lake Tanganyika gave rise to hundreds.
The physicist Jeff Gore tests theories about microbe communities experimentally and finds new rules governing ecological stability.
Studies of collective behavior usually focus on how crowds of organisms coordinate their actions. But what if the individuals that don’t participate have just as much to tell us?
To stay healthy, humans and some other animals rely on a complex community of bacteria in their guts. But research is starting to show that those partnerships might be more the exception than the rule.
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