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Translational Ecology
Wed May 23rd, 2018

Controversy reigns at the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt with the help of Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), is proposing to censor some forms of science that have been...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu May 17th, 2018

Ecologists love species diversity.  But it remains a major conundrum why the highest diversity of plants is most often associated with nutrient-poor soils, rather than in the rich, fertile soils...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue May 8th, 2018

Most folks don’t realize it, but the roots of plants are connected underground by a vast network of fungi that improve the function of plant roots. The fungi exist in...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Apr 30th, 2018

In response to Scott Pruitt’s efforts to lighten environmental regulations, I have blogged before about the importance of protecting small streams, see: http://blogs.nicholas.duke.edu/citizenscientist/waters-of-the-united-states/.  Now, new research reinforces the...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu Apr 19th, 2018

During the past couple of years, I’ve met a lot of people in New England who are concerned about the new prevalence of ticks and Lyme disease.  Most of them...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Wed Apr 11th, 2018

It’s spring and a young man’s fancy may turn to…….gardening.   Across the country, weekends are spent selecting plants at the local nursery to bring home for the yard.   Of course,...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Apr 3rd, 2018

Increasingly we recognize the impacts of small airborne particles on our health.  Breathing particles less than 2.5 microns in diameter, known as PM2.5, is estimated to cause more than 3...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Mar 26th, 2018

Adapted from Science, 23 March 2018

By William H. Schlesinger

James Watt’s steam engine vaulted coal to its major role as a fuel for the Industrial Revolution. In more recent years,...

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