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Contributor(s): Thomas Crowther
Understanding the ecological mechanisms governing the biogeogoraphy of organisms is essential to predict how climate change will alter ecosystems and their functioning. Factors affecting the patterns of aboveground plant and animal communities across landscapes have received extensive attention in...
Contributor(s): Xavier Levine
The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) — responsible for most of the precipitation on Earth — is defined by a pronounced maximum rainfall occurring 5◦ north of the equator over most ocean basins.   The existence of an ITCZ directly derives from large meridional-overturning atmospheric cells in...
Contributor(s): Adam Rosenblatt
Frogs that eat holiday lights, birds that eat plastic, and beetles attempting to mate with beer bottles are all examples of organisms that have fallen victim to what biologists call “evolutionary traps.”  Whereas natural selection typically produces organisms that behave in ways to maximize their...
Contributor(s): Jonathan Mellor
Research published in Science has highlighted the potentially deleterious effects of climate change on global food security. As defined by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, food security has a number of components.  These include food availability, access and utilization as...
Contributor(s): Eric Ellman
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences’ Professor Peter Raymond was lead author on “Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Inland Waters”, published in Nature.  An ecosystem ecologist,” Raymond tracks carbon, the element most closely associated with life, as it makes its way between...
Contributor(s): Adam Rosenblatt
Understanding the global carbon budget is vital for managing climate change. Understanding the processes that regulate the carbon budget is critical to devising long-term conservation, mitigation, and restoration strategies. It is well known that through biogeochemical cycling processes, ecosystems...
Contributor(s): Adam Wilson
Communities around the world celebrate spring with cherry blossom festivals.  Japan is particularly famous for them, with some towns generating 40% of their annual revenue from the event.  According to recent research by scientists from several institutions (including Yale’s YCEI), festival...

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