2014 News Archive

New York is a hotbed for damaging forest pests

When Chris Standley received a tip that some ash trees within the Mohonk Preserve might be infested by a devastating insect, he grabbed a drawknife and peeled away the bark.

Gene E. Likens receives the Alfred C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Gene E. Likens, President Emeritus and Distinguished Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, was the 2014 recipient of the Alfred C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dirty and Dangerous

Small, autonomous airboats masquerading as crocodiles gathered data on hippo hygiene and water quality this spring in Kenya. Cary's Emma Rosi-Marshall was there.

Poop-hunting crocodile robot dodges hippo ... for science!

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Sending a robotic airboat disguised as a crocodile to look for hippo poop in Kenya's Mara River sounds like a hilarious idea, but it wasn't so funny when the hippopotamus started chasing the robot.

An interview with Cary guest lecturer Sir Peter Crane

Robin Hood Radio interviews botanist Sir Peter Crane about his Cary Institute lecture Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot. Crane explores the history of the ginkgo from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence.

New Science Policy Exchange Project: Forest Pests and Pathogens

The Harvard Forest, in collaboration with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, has launched a new Science Policy Exchange project on forest pests and pathogens. This project addresses growing concerns about damage to trees, forests, and local economies caused by introduced insects. 

Lyme Disease: Ten things you always wanted to know about ticks...

To find out how to steer clear of Lyme disease during "picnic season" - a time when people are more likely to pick up ticks - the National Science Foundation spoke with NSF-funded disease ecologist Rick Ostfeld of the Cary Institute.

Lyme disease season approaches, but it's still too early to tell how the cold winter affected ticks

With the snow melted and the weather warming, folks are finally making their way outdoors, where, if you live anywhere in the Hudson Valley, the black-footed tick that carries Lyme disease can be found.

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How much salt is in your well water? For some, too much

More than half of the private wells in the Town of East Fishkill have higher concentrations of sodium from road salt than some government health standards recommend, according to a new study by Cary scientists.

Cary Institute scientists provide leadership on 2014 National Climate Assessment

This week marks the release of the third National Climate Assessment (NCA). Issued to the President and Congress every four years, the report is a scientific analysis of how climate change is affecting our nation, including what we can expect in the future if the escalating problem is not addressed.

Jonathan Cole of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies elected to National Academy of Sciences

Jonathan Cole, a Distinguished Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

As tick infestation grows, so does Lyme disease research

Here are a few things you might not know about ticks: One, they’re not insects. They’re closer to the spider in nature, making them arachnids. Also, they don’t fly, hop, jump or fall out of trees.

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Scientists attack biomass power subsidy

Some of the most distinguished scientists in the US have written to UK energy secretary Ed Davey, urging him to abandon the government's "misguided" subsidies for companies burning wood pellets to generate electricity.

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