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By Jason Leppig / On August 17th, 2012

This week's #forewordFriday comes from two authors that want to expand the methodological toolbox used by...

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By Jason Leppig / On May 23rd, 2012

From Bryan Barney at Grist.org If you think all ecologists are focused on the gloom and doom of...

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By Cristina Eisenberg / On August 23rd, 2011

Ecologist Robert Paine summed up the effects of keystone predator removal by saying, “You can change the nature of the world pretty simply. All you need to do...

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By Cristina Eisenberg / On August 16th, 2011

We have been discussing the powerful and essential ecological link between apex predators, their prey, and the foods prey eat. Based on the revolutionary ideas of...

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By Kennedy Warne / On June 30th, 2011

Bimini has become a battleground between the forces of coastal development and mangrove protection. A huge resort development on the western side of the island has chomped through large swathes of mangroves and threatened marine habitats with a blanket...

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By Kennedy Warne / On June 28th, 2011

The role of mangroves as vital nursery habitat for fish is nowhere more evident than in the tiny island of Bimini, off the coast of Florida. Female lemon sharks come to the sheltered lagoon waters to give birth, and the pups live amongst the tangled...

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By Kennedy Warne / On June 23rd, 2011

Sometimes you can push hard on doors of opportunity and they remain steadfastly closed. That was my experience in Cuba, where for innumerable reasons the careful plans I had laid kept being upended by unseen events. But the compensations of travel in...

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By Kennedy Warne / On June 21st, 2011

One of the mangrove-related creatures I hoped to see in Cuba was the fishing bat, which takes small fish from the surface waters of wetland ponds in swooping aerial dives. While waiting for nightfall, when the bats are active, I visited a cave where...

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By Kennedy Warne / On June 16th, 2011

The Zapata wetland is one of the prime destinations for anglers who target the feisty, fast-swimming bonefish. My guide and I spent a morning cruising the shallows of an area called Las Salinas with an angler who knew where the best place for bonefish...

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By Kennedy Warne / On June 2nd, 2011

The vast Zapata swamp in on the southern coast of Cuba had long been on my wish list of mangrove sites, both because of its unique wildlife and also because of the basic intrigue of this country that has cocked a snoot at the Western world. My first...

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