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Acid Rain

Though not in the news as much as it once was, acid rain—more correctly called “acid deposition” because it also involves snow, fog, particles, and gases—remains a problem in our region.

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Franklin Institute award winners include two Nobel laureates

Gene Likens, founder of the Cary Institute, has been selected for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth & Environmental Science for his work on acid rain.


Recent articles about "Biodiversity".

Forest ecology shapes Lyme disease risk in the eastern US

In the eastern US, risk of contracting Lyme disease is higher in fragmented forests with high rodent densities and low numbers of resident fox, opossum, and raccoons. These are among the findings from an analysis of 19 years of data on the ecology of tick-borne disease in a forested landscape

Ecosystem Services

Recent articles about "Ecosystem Services".

Road salt pollutes drinking water wells in suburban New York State

Road salt applied during the winter lingers in the environment, where it can pollute drinking water supplies. A recent study reveals hotspots and landscape features linked to elevated salt in wells.


Recent articles about "Education".

Spotting wildlife and studying speckled alder

REU student Marco Alvarez tells us about his experience at Cary and his summer research

Environmental Policy

Recent articles about "Environmental Policy".

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Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity

Lecture Video

A leading authority on international water issues, Sandra Postel discusses her new book. She explores contemporary water challenges, innovative water projects, and sustainable solutions to ensure global water security.

Food & Agriculture

Recent articles about "Food & Agriculture".

air pollution

Particulate Pollution

Increasingly we recognize the impacts of small airborne particles on our health. Breathing particles less than 2.5 microns in diameter, known as PM2.5, is estimated to cause more than 3 million deaths per year worldwide.

Hudson River

Recent articles about "Hudson River".

Marsh research makes for a muddy, but gratifying, summer

REU student Marianela Robau tells us about her summer at Cary and research on Hudson River marshes

Land-use & Human Impacts

Recent articles about "Land-use & Human Impacts".

Cyanobacterial bloom on Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire

Researchers take to tech to study toxic cyanobacteria with $1.47M NASA grant

With support from a $1.47 million grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Dartmouth, and the University of New Hampshire are developing high-tech tools to monitor cyanobacteria in lakes, predict impending blooms, and identify factors that are degrading water quality.  

Lyme Disease

Recent articles about "Lyme Disease".

Lyme & Tick-borne Disease Research at Cary


What environmental conditions contribute to increased risk of exposure to Lyme disease?

Machine Learning

Recent articles

White-faced capuchin (Cebus capucinus)

New model IDs primate species with potential to spread Zika in the Americas

Interactive maps can guide surveillance efforts, protect human health

Road Salt

Recent articles about "Road Salt".

Snowy winter road with road salt

New Cary Institute Report on Sustainable Road Salt Use

A report summarizing current science on the environmental and health impacts of road salt, and best management practices for preventing overuse while maintaining public safety.

Urban Ecology

Recent articles about "Urban Ecology".

Urban Resilience: Why Ecology Matters

Lecture Video

Cities are home to most of the world’s population. Yet they are grappling with environmental stresses that threaten health and infrastructure. Explore cities as ecosystems, learn why ecology is vital to sustainability, and discuss the latest thinking on melding biology with urban planning and design.

Weather & Climate

Recent articles about "Weather & Climate".

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricanes: enlist nature's protection

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which hit in August and September, are estimated to be the most costly ever to make landfall in the United States. The damage they caused calls for a major investment in infrastructure that is resilient to such extreme events.

West Nile Virus

Recent articles about "West Nile Virus".

World's Deadliest Animal: The Mosquito

Lecture Video

Concerned about Zika, West Nile, and other mosquito-borne diseases? Discover which mosquito species spread illnesses, why invasive Asian tiger mosquitoes increase our risk of getting sick, and lessons learned about effective mosquito management.

Wildlife & Habitat

Recent articles about "Wildlife & Habitat".

Why did the invertebrate cross the mesh? To chow on rotting chicken, of course!

REU student Maggie Flowers tells us about her summer project studying scavenging behavior on Cary Institute’s campus.

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