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Sagebrush ecosystem recovery hobbled by loss of soil complexity at development sites
(Ecological Society of America) In big sagebrush country, re-establishing the ecosystem's namesake shrub may jump-start the recovery process more successfully after oil and gas development than sowing grass-dominated reclamation seed mixes typically used to quickly re-vegetate bare soil on well pads, report two Colorado scientists in the Jan. 2015 issue of Ecological Applications.

'Women in Oceanography: A Decade Later' published by The Oceanography Society
(The Oceanography Society) The Oceanography Society is pleased to announce publication of 'Women in Oceanography: A Decade Later.' This supplement to the December issue of Oceanography magazine reviews the progress that has been made over the last 10 years in addressing barriers to career advancement for women oceanographers and where further attention to this issue might still be needed. TOS published its first 'Women in Oceanography' volume in March 2005.

With pollinator declines, millions at risk of malnutrition
(University of Vermont) More than half the people in some developing countries could become newly at risk for malnutrition if crop-pollinating animals -- like bees -- continue to decline, a new study from the University of Vermont and Harvard shows.

Oatmeal for breakfast results in greater fullness and lower calorie intake at lunch
(Pollock Communications) A new study suggests that your breakfast cereal choice may affect how full you feel and how much you eat for lunch, especially if you're overweight.

MSU-led research finds cause for decline of Missouri River pallid sturgeon
(Montana State University) Oxygen-depleted dead zones between dams in the upper Missouri River have been directly linked with the failure of endangered pallid sturgeon embryos to survive according to a study published today in the journal Fisheries.

Culprit identified in decline of endangered Missouri River pallid sturgeon
(United States Geological Survey) Oxygen-depleted dead zones between dams in the upper Missouri River have been directly linked with the failure of endangered pallid sturgeon hatched embryos to survive, according to a study published today in the journal Fisheries.

Sisters act together
(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) A team of researchers from the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology at the Vetmeduni Vienna studied cichlid fishes in Lake Tanganyika in central Africa. The researchers observed that female fish dispersed longer distances from their natal grounds than males. To minimize risks and to secure the spread of their genetic information, females often swim together in a shoal with female siblings. Males prefer shoaling with non-siblings. The results were recently published in the journal Oecologia.

Warming seas decrease sea turtle basking
(Duke University) Green sea turtles may stop basking on beaches around the world within a century due to rising sea temperatures, a new study suggests. Basking helps the turtles regulate body temperature and may aid their immune system and digestion. By analyzing six years of turtle surveys and 24 years of satellite data, researchers have found the turtles bask more often when sea surface temperatures are lower. This vital behavior may cease globally by 2102 if global warming trends continue.

Study shows Brazil's Soy Moratorium still needed to preserve Amazon
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) In a new study to evaluate the Brazilian Soy Moratorium published today in Science, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Holly Gibbs and colleagues across the US and Brazil show that the moratorium helped to drastically reduce the amount of deforestation linked to soy production in the region and was much better at curbing it than governmental policy alone.

Study yields surprising insights into the effects of wood fuel burning
(Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies ) The harvesting of wood to meet the heating and cooking demands for billions of people worldwide has less of an impact on global forest loss and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than previously believed, according to a new Yale-led study.

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