Monthly Archives: October 2014

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Must watch: Powerful talk with Allan Savory!

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” says Allan Savory at the beginning of this powerful talk. Please watch this video because it highlights important topics in plant ecology, as well as environmental biology. It … Continue reading

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Ferns communicate with one another to decide gender!

As biology students know, most flowering plants are both male and female, however, the Japanese climbing fern is an exception because individual plants are either male or female. Until recent studies, it was not understandable how some of the plants … Continue reading

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Distribution maps of invasive species in Ontario

EDDMapS – Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System   Sightings of the invasive Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) plant. The map above comes from a website that is an electronic early detection reporting tool for invasive species. It shows the tracking … Continue reading

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Ecology of the Human Body

People don’t normally associate the human body as an ecosystem filled with communities of microbes but research suggests that our body harvest a vast number of micro-organisms that help with digestion and may even cause disease. One particular cavity that … Continue reading

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Florida Lizard exhibits rapid evolution in 15 years

There seems to be a lot of weird news coming out of Florida these days and it isn’t limited by natural science. A native Florida lizard has quickly altered its habitat with the introduction of an invasive, non-native lizard from … Continue reading

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War on Science: Book Review

In a few of my ecology classes last year, the professors had mentioned (quite frustrated I might add) the current government’s restrictions on scientific, especially ecological, research. Since I was considering a career in this field, I decided to take … Continue reading

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