Contact tracing wild chimpanzees: how social connectivity data may help save an endangered species

  The social interactions of male chimpanzees influence the spread of respiratory disease among them. This information may help conservationists manage outbreaks that threaten the viability of this endangered species.

Brett Vecchiarelli
October 25, 2021
How much can group projects between cities help them in the long term?

Globally, half of urban residents live in small cities, which may struggle to provide services efficiently and effectively. A recent study of waste management in the Czech Republic shows that if these small municipalities work together, they can gain significant benefits in the long-run.

Jonathan Lee
October 14, 2021
Busy beavers: Calculating the value of ecosystems services provided by beavers.

Beavers are powerful ecosystem engineers that change entire river systems, often to the benefit of humans. These benefits, however, have been overlooked in the past, when beavers were hunted to the brink of extinction for their fur, and even today as we continue to destroy and degrade their habitat. What if we understood the full value their work?

Lani Chang
October 7, 2021
Don’t stress the birds out: Assessing the impacts of ski mountaineering on Alpine animals

The popularity of ski mountaineering as a winter sport is increasing – and with it, impacts on mountain wildlife. In the European Alps, researchers used data from the exercise tracking app Strava to assess these impacts on vulnerable bird species. Understanding how skiers affect their surroundings can help prevent harm to wildlife and maintain a healthy relationship between outdoor recreation and mountain ecosystems.   

Laura González Mantecón
August 25, 2021