This Week’s Good Reads: Closed-access Ebola Research, Good Allergies, Deaf Whales, and Bronto Embargoes.

1) Yes We Were Warned About Ebola, NY Times, Bernice Dahn, Vera Mussah, & Cameron Nutt. A closed-access paper in a scientific journal warned about the presence of endemic Ebola in the population in Liberia… in the 1980s. Sure would’ve been … Continue reading

People Can and Are Living Alongside Large Carnivores

Yesterday, a study was published in Science that showed that populations of large carnivores are flourishing in Europe, even in areas inhabited by people. This study wasn’t news to me, because there is already quite a bit of literature showing … Continue reading

New Amphibian Diseases Threaten to Exacerbate Worldwide Decline

The decline of the world’s amphibians, in part due to disease caused by the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), has caused alarm among conservationists, wildlife managers, and herpetologists. Just as treatments for the disease were showing some successes, including boosting immunity through exposure to dead … Continue reading

Surprising Blooms Emerge When Deer Are Kept Out of Forest Plots

During my first field season of doctoral research, I set up a deer exclosure experiment to study plant community change in the presence and absence of deer browsing at Mountain Lake Biological Station in southwestern Virginia. I recently visited the fences, … Continue reading