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  • Summer 2012 SEE-U Study Abroad Experience

    Summer 2012 SEE-U Study Abroad Experience

    Summer 2012 applications for the Student Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduate program are now being accepted. Undergraduate students of all majors can apply for the opportunity to conduct field work and study unique ecosystems abroad.

  • Two Wren Brains Are Better Than One

    Two Wren Brains Are Better Than One

    When researchers observed activity in the brains of plain-tailed wrens while singing, they discovered something striking: In both sexes, the neurons reacted more strongly to the duet song than individual contributions — they are seemingly wired to enhance cooperation.

  • White-Nose Syndrome is Driving Conservation Batty

    White-Nose Syndrome is Driving Conservation Batty

    Scientists report in a recently published article in Nature that the fungus Geomyces destructans found on bats afflicted with White Nose Syndrome is the primary cause of the disease. However, amidst all the muck of doom and gloom, researchers report in the July issue of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases that affected bats can be…

  • Executive Courses in Sustainable Coastal Economies, Urban Resilience, and Conservation

    Executive Courses in Sustainable Coastal Economies, Urban Resilience, and Conservation

    The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University provides professionals with the knowledge and tools to be effective environmental leaders and decision makers in the 21st century. It is an evening program in which environmental issues are discussed, debated and examined, where participants develop an in-depth understanding of conservation science and practice through…

  • Robotic Bug Sparks a Flighty Debate on Evolution

    Robotic Bug Sparks a Flighty Debate on Evolution

    A robotic bug’s attempts to fly were no match for gravity – the critter was unable to soar above the ground. The findings shed light on a longstanding debate about the evolutionary origins of flight, as scientists have long debated whether birds first evolved flight as ground dwellers or tree jumpers.

  • Green Sidewalk is Electrifying

    Green Sidewalk is Electrifying

    Utilizing innovative technology to transform physical impact into electricity, PaveGen is literally, as the company tagline describes, “Generating Energy from footsteps.”

  • Ecological and Urban Resilience

    Ecological and Urban Resilience

    Resilience science has been evolving over the past decade, expanding beyond ecology to reflect systems of thinking in fields such as economics and political science. And, as more and more people move into densely populated cities, using massive amounts of water, energy, and other resources, the need to combine these disciplines to consider the resilience…

  • Cycle of Abuse Among Nazca Boobies

    Cycle of Abuse Among Nazca Boobies

    Researchers studying Nazca boobies of the Galápagos Islands found high correlations between degree of aggressive behavior among adults and the amount of abuse they endured as nestlings. The findings have implications for those who study human psychology and behavior, as some social scientists argue that abused children are statistically more likely to become abusers later…

  • Polyandrous Mouse Lemurs – The Larger the Better

    Polyandrous Mouse Lemurs – The Larger the Better

    Researchers report that larger female mouse lemurs mate with more male partners at once than smaller females. The findings have implications for polyandry and other mating systems.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • Summer 2012 SEE-U Study Abroad Experience

    Summer 2012 SEE-U Study Abroad Experience

    Summer 2012 applications for the Student Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduate program are now being accepted. Undergraduate students of all majors can apply for the opportunity to conduct field work and study unique ecosystems abroad.

  • Two Wren Brains Are Better Than One

    Two Wren Brains Are Better Than One

    When researchers observed activity in the brains of plain-tailed wrens while singing, they discovered something striking: In both sexes, the neurons reacted more strongly to the duet song than individual contributions — they are seemingly wired to enhance cooperation.

  • White-Nose Syndrome is Driving Conservation Batty

    White-Nose Syndrome is Driving Conservation Batty

    Scientists report in a recently published article in Nature that the fungus Geomyces destructans found on bats afflicted with White Nose Syndrome is the primary cause of the disease. However, amidst all the muck of doom and gloom, researchers report in the July issue of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases that affected bats can be…

  • Executive Courses in Sustainable Coastal Economies, Urban Resilience, and Conservation

    Executive Courses in Sustainable Coastal Economies, Urban Resilience, and Conservation

    The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University provides professionals with the knowledge and tools to be effective environmental leaders and decision makers in the 21st century. It is an evening program in which environmental issues are discussed, debated and examined, where participants develop an in-depth understanding of conservation science and practice through…

  • Robotic Bug Sparks a Flighty Debate on Evolution

    Robotic Bug Sparks a Flighty Debate on Evolution

    A robotic bug’s attempts to fly were no match for gravity – the critter was unable to soar above the ground. The findings shed light on a longstanding debate about the evolutionary origins of flight, as scientists have long debated whether birds first evolved flight as ground dwellers or tree jumpers.

  • Green Sidewalk is Electrifying

    Green Sidewalk is Electrifying

    Utilizing innovative technology to transform physical impact into electricity, PaveGen is literally, as the company tagline describes, “Generating Energy from footsteps.”

  • Ecological and Urban Resilience

    Ecological and Urban Resilience

    Resilience science has been evolving over the past decade, expanding beyond ecology to reflect systems of thinking in fields such as economics and political science. And, as more and more people move into densely populated cities, using massive amounts of water, energy, and other resources, the need to combine these disciplines to consider the resilience…

  • Cycle of Abuse Among Nazca Boobies

    Cycle of Abuse Among Nazca Boobies

    Researchers studying Nazca boobies of the Galápagos Islands found high correlations between degree of aggressive behavior among adults and the amount of abuse they endured as nestlings. The findings have implications for those who study human psychology and behavior, as some social scientists argue that abused children are statistically more likely to become abusers later…

  • Polyandrous Mouse Lemurs – The Larger the Better

    Polyandrous Mouse Lemurs – The Larger the Better

    Researchers report that larger female mouse lemurs mate with more male partners at once than smaller females. The findings have implications for polyandry and other mating systems.