Biodiversity

Science & Technology
3:31 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Can You Guess How Many Ant Species Live On Broadway? [NC State Study]

The odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile) was the most common species found in parks and forests, but was absent in street medians.
Credit Adrian Smith

A new study out of North Carolina State University suggests there's a remarkably high diversity in the types of ants found in cities.

Published in the journal Insect Conservation and Diversity, the paper looks at different environments along Broadway Avenue in Manhattan. Researchers found more than 20 different species of ants in the median of the road alone. They found more than 20 other species in the surrounding parks and urban forests.

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The State of Things
9:46 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Rain Forest Diversity

spittlebug
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Rain forests are home to an incredible variety of species. From cute olinguitos to slimy spittlebugs, scientists are discovering creatures all the time. The exhibit "Rainforest Adventure" at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences educates kids on rain forest diversity and conservation.

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Salt marshes
8:38 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Duke Study: Salt Marshes Depend On Crabs, Snails And Fungus For Preservation

Salt marsh ecosystems depend on healthy biodiversity.
Credit Rob Bixby / RobBixbyPhotography, Flickr Creative Commons

A new study from Duke University shows the importance of maintaining key species to support biodiversity. 

Researchers manipulated the populations of crabs, snails and fungus in a salt marsh in Georgia.  Brian Silliman is an associate professor of marine conservation biology at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.  He says each species provides an important function in preserving the marsh. 

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