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Fog study workshop, spring Writer in Residence, staff distinctions and other Cary announcements.

Notes from the field: Hurricane Sandy passes through Millbrook

The Cary Institute's Environmental Monitoring Station instruments track air pollution, precipitation patterns, and solar radiation, among other things. These measurements provide a window into powerful storm systems, like Hurricane Sandy.

Engaging citizens in science

Cary Institute staff members have developed a range of citizen-science initiatives in which benefits flow equally between researchers and volunteers.

Aldo Leopold Society Autumn Celebration 2012

In appreciation of the Cary Institute’s most loyal donors, Irene and Jack Banning hosted the Aldo Leopold Society’s annual Autumn Celebration at Black Sheep Hill in Pine Plains on October 13, 2012.

Cary Institute summer camp 2013

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

Kentucky birds, New York rats raise disease risks, climate change concerns

Man-induced changes to the natural environment may be the perfect storm for the spread of diseases such as histoplasmosis, hantavirus, Lyme and typhus.

Winter scenery is fun to explore

There is always something to explore in nature during the winter. Discover resident birds, identify cold-weather insects, learn about plant adaptations, and enjoy the sunshine and scenery.

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Resettled rats torment New Yorkers in Sandy's wake

Huffington Post follows-up on disease ecologist Rick Ostfeld's warning of increased health risks related to urban rats being displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

New SPCA wetlands give pet waste royal treatment

Freshwater ecologist Stuart Findlay remarks on SPCA treatment of wastewater by a system that uses man-made wetlands, mimicking the water purification process that occurs in natural wetlands.

Earthworms increase soils' greenhouse gas emissions

Microbial Ecologist Peter Groffman comments on a new study that links increased CO2 and nitrous oxide emissions with worm-ridden soils.

Baltimore's Watershed 263 experiment in socioecology

Projects that improve water quality by planting vacant lots, parking strips, and other urban spaces with trees and community gardens also bring people out of doors and teach local kids about their environment.

Take Action: Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies' undergrad program seeks applicants

This summer, 10 undergraduate students will join the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies' research community to carry out science of their own design.

Report: Ecosystems more stressed than ever

A new report warns that climate change is causing shifts in species composition faster than expected. Co-author and Cary scientist Peter Groffman comments, "cold temperatures are a critical regulator of species outbreaks and also of species distributions".

Irene and Sandy show the effects of extreme weather on lakes

National Geographic reports on the impacts of extreme weather events and the importance of research that studies their ecological effects.

Year in review: Worst summer yet for Lyme disease?

MedPage Today reviews the major medical news stories of the past year and includes disease ecologist Rick Ostfeld's warning of an increased risk of Lyme disease during the summer of 2012.

Climate change already playing out in West, report says

A new report says the effects of climate change are already being felt in bug-infested forests of the Intermountain West, in reduced flows of the Colorado River basin and in the amount of snow that falls in the Rocky Mountains.

You can aid fight against invasives

Nearly every day, we read about problems caused by invaders like the emerald ash borer killing trees across New York, West Nile virus killing people across the United State (1,499 so far), zebra mussels clogging water intakes and changing the Great Lakes and Hudson River ecosystems and Burmese pythons eating everything in the Everglades.

Food webs aren't cute or cuddly

Everybody seems to know about food webs these days — how primary producers capture the energy of the sun, and pass it along to consumers and then on to predators — but I’m not sure that most people really understand what food webs are about.

Forest reveals climate change's surprising damage

Long-term research on the impacts of climate change can give us insight on how certain environments will respond to warming temperatures. Poughkeepsie Journal reports on Cary research.

Cary mussel studies make "Science"

Some species of freshwater mussels are teetering on the brink of extinction. The Millbrook Independent reports on studies by Cary's David Strayer and Heather Malcolm.

Bloom Town - The wild life of American cities

In places like Phoenix and Minneapolis, scientists think that cities are starting to look alike in ways that have nothing to do with the proliferation of Starbucks, WalMart or T.G.I Fridays.

Indirect effects of climate change could alter landscapes

Researchers are recognizing the importance of understanding the effects of climate change on a local scale.

Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall named Director Designate of BES

Dr. Rosi-Marshall will be the next Director of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, Long-Term Ecological Research project, a role that is targeted to begin in 2016.

Maple syrup, moose, and the local impacts of climate change

Millbrook, N.Y. -- In the northern hardwood forest, climate change is poised to reduce the viability of the maple syrup industry, spread wildlife diseases and tree pests, and change timber resources.

Leaves are feast for stream life

Today, I want to talk about that old Thanksgiving favorite — wet, rotting leaves.

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