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Synthetic chemicals: Ignored agents of global change

Despite a steady rise in the manufacture and release of synthetic chemicals, research on the ecological effects of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and industrial chemicals is severely lacking. This blind spot undermines efforts to address global change and achieve sustainability goals.

Bolivia's disappearing lake

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Bolivia’s second largest lake has nearly disappeared. Lake Poopó, a saltwater lake located in a shallow depression in the Altiplano Mountains, used to cover an area about the size of Los Angeles. While it’s not the first time the lake has dried out, scientists believe its recovery hangs in the balance.

City lights, urban sprawl, and uncovering the future of ecology with Dr. Peter Groffman

"For a long time in environmental science we've done a pretty good job of keeping people outside the box of ecosystems" says Dr. Peter Groffman, who studies the microbial and chemical ecology of urban landscapes and waterways.

Lake Poopo

Bolivia’s second-largest lake has evaporated

What was once Bolivia's second-largest lake is now almost entirely gone, turned into a barren expanse of salty earth that's littered with dead fish and abandoned boats.

Related Projects

Baltimore Ecosystem Study

The Cary Institute has taken a lead role in developing programs in urban ecology aimed at understanding urban ecosystems, one of Earth's fastest growing environments.

Buell-Small Succession Study

Post-agricultural plant community succession is being studied in permanent plots in central New Jersey.

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Ecological Homogenization of Urban America

A result of urban land use change is homogenization across cities, where neighborhoods in very different parts of the country have similar patterns of roads and other features.

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