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Wired forest may reveal how New England forests respond to climate change

Monitoring a forest in New Hampshire provides clues to how important trees, such as maples, respond to changed conditions due to global warming.

The Lyme Wars

The New Yorker reports on the controversy surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. Columnist Michael Specter interviewed Cary disease ecologist Richard Ostfeld about the ecology of ticks and the spread of the disease.

Pot smokers may be 'green,' but growers usually aren't

How green is your grass?  An upcoming scientific study in Conservation Letters shows that illegal marijuana farms can have serious environmental effects.

Zebra Mussels and the Hudson River

In the Housatonic River, zebra mussels -- non-native bivalves that can move into a water body and just dominate it -- were found in 2009 in Massachusetts and in 2010 in Connecticut at Lake Lillinonah and Lake Zoar.

Translators of science are badly needed

With today's challenging and emotionally charged environmental issues, its essential that current scientific information is communicated effectively and in ways stakeholders can understand.

West Nile virus proliferation stumps experts

Health officials and researchers are scratching their heads, wondering whether there will be a repeat this summer of last year's spike in the West Nile virus, a potentially fatal illness that mosquitoes transmit.

Eighteen international lake experts meet at the Cary Institute

This week the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is hosting eighteen leaders in lake science. They hail from around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Hungary, Ireland, Taiwan, Argentina, Canada, Ireland, and China. 

Policymakers briefed on water resources

Cary scientists David Strayer and Emma Rosi-Marshall delivered expert testimony at a May 5, 2013 congressional briefing that highlighted problems with aquatic invasive species and “natural infrastructure” solutions. The briefing took place on Capitol Hill as the U.S. Senate debated the Water Resources Development Act.

Flooding forum at Cary says work with nature

The havoc wrought by hurricanes Sandy and Irene heightened awareness of the impacts of flooding. The Millbrook Independent reports on a flood-management forum hosted by Cary on May 4, 2013.

Gibson: Lyme disease a major health problem

Richard S. Ostfeld,  a disease ecologist specializing in Lyme disease and West Nile Virus, said while "large advances have been made even with rather paltry funding," there needs to be "rapid improvements," such as better diagnostics for early-stage Lyme.

Despite other 'evidence', our climate is changing

Some of my friends and relatives don't believe in climate change, so I regularly get emails containing evidence that climate change isn't real. The "evidence" contained in these emails usually falls into one of two categories.

Climate change and dead fish: Think global, act local

Many of us eagerly anticipate summer, when fishing, boating and swimming can happen at a favorite lake. This year, though, there may also be a bit of trepidation —  what lies ahead for Lake Auburn? Will we see another fish kill?

Author shares thoughts on citizen science

An interview with former Cary Artist-in-Residence Akiko Busch who shares her reflections on contemporary citizen science efforts and experiences.

Cary scientist honored by EPA for Hudson River work

Aquatic ecologist Dr. Stuart E.G. Findlay was recently honored with an Environmental Quality Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for his work on the Hudson River.

Flushed drugs may threaten stream ecologies

Most streams that flow near cities and towns are laced with drugs that escape from sewage treatment plants or pharmaceutical factories.

Pharmaceutical pollution wreaking havoc on aquatic wildlife in freshwater streams

There has been a lot of concern over the possibility of pharmaceuticals ending up in freshwater and disrupting populations of wildlife. Now, new research shows that these concerns may be completely legitimate

Streams stressed by pharmaceutical pollution

Pharmaceuticals commonly found in the environment are disrupting streams, with unknown impacts on aquatic life and water quality.  

Invasive species pose serious danger to humans

Are invasive species killing us? This question must sound a little over the top if you think that invasive species are just garden pests, but history is filled with examples where they've killed humans.

Why I count glass eels

Former Cary writer-in-residence Akiko Busch writes about modern citizen science endeavors and how individuals are getting involved by helping to gather data about the environment.

Decreased water flow may be trade-off for more productive forest

Bubbling brooks and streams are a scenic and much loved feature of forest ecosystems, but long-term data at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest suggests that more productive forests might carry considerably less water.

Learn about the science of maple syrup

Sticker shock drove my family to start making maple syrup several years ago. In the long hours around the cooker, we figured out the science of maple sugaring. Satisfyingly, it takes biology, chemistry and physics to explain the process.

NYC forum: Silent Epidemic of Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

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Three members of Congress joined forces with a Lyme disease advocacy group to host a forum to discuss the fight against tick-borne diseases. As a panelist, Cary's Rick Ostfeld shared his research and insights.

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It's almost time for spring peepers

One of the first signs of spring in the Northeast is the unmistakable calling of the spring peeper. The peeper is a small frog, weighing only a few grams, but its mating call is louder than many songbirds weighing 10 times as much.

Biodiversity impacts Lyme disease

Science is revealing just how important preserving a diverse array of plants and wildlife is to reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

Cary Institute summer camp 2013

The theme for 2013 Summer Ecology Camp is "Journey through the Cycles of Life."

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