Biodiversity

The range of life forms associated with Planet Earth is almost endless - billiions of species survive on the planet and interact in complex ways; they co-determine each others future. Discovering and cataloging all species is a task that will take many more years. Species often flourish and then die out. The current rate of species extinction is worrisomely high

Biodiversity conveys resilience, and resilience conveys sustainability.

Researchers find that Earth may be home to 1 trillion species    TimeTree - the timescales of life

The role of space agencies in remotely sensed essential biodiversity variables

Study sheds new light on how species extinction affects complex ecosystems

New bacteria groups, stunning diversity, discovered underground

Biologists watch speciation in a laboratory flask    The laws of life

Biodiversity as part of a network - and its sensitivity to collapse     Diversity without limits

Autocatalytic biodiversity hypothesis aims to supplant Darwin's 'war of the species'

Fast driver spotted on evolutionary tracks      Biodiversity is a natural crop pest repellent

16 years of change in the global terrestrial human footprint and implications for biodiversity conservation 

Encyclopedia of Life    Map of Life    Wallace's century-old map of natural world updated

Researchers aim to assemble the tree of life for all 2 million named species

The Tree of Life - more like a bush    Evidence for fuctional redundancy in Nature    Every species counts

IPBES launches new assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services

Governments encouraged to use biodiversity and ecosystem services as strategy for climate change adaptation and DRR

Want to know where threatened species live? Look to the clouds

How temperature guides where species live and where they'll go

Species speed up adaptation to beat effects of warming oceans    Fast evolution affects everyone, everywhere

Quality of diversity, not just quantity, is key     Strength in diversity     The devil is in the detail

New study uses high-speed search methods to better estimate climate threats to biodiversity

Study finds there is less knowledge about global species diversity than previously assumed

Scientist proposes revolutionary naming system for all life on Earth

Genetic diversity a hidden tool in coping with climate change

Why species stay or go in response to climate change

Topography shapes mountain biodiversity

How superorganisms evolve in response to toxic environments

Life exploded on Earth after slow rise of oxygen    Rethinking plant and insect diversity 

Fungi are at the root of tropical forest diversity

New life found that lives of electricity

Speedy evolution affects more than one species    Watching new species evolve in real time

Biodiversity below ground is just as important as above ground

Diverse soil communities can help offset impacts of global warming

Extinction of large animals could make climate change worse

Dinosaur casts light on late burst of evolution

Size matters in the battle to adapt to diverse environments and avoid extinction

Mammal diversity exploded immediately after dinosaur extinction

Animal functional diversity started out poor, became richer over time

Species' evolutionary choice: disperse or adapt

Climate change responsible for rapid expansion of horse species over last 20 million years

Land bridge linking ancient India and Eurasia were 'freeays' for biodiversity exchange

Is evolution more intelligent than we thought?

An arms race among venemous animals?

Is blood really thicker than water?

Brain size affects female but not male survival under predation threat

Researchers discover first sensor of Earth's magnetic field in an animal  

Diversity prevents resistance     Spread of pathogens between species is predictable

Key genetic event underlying fin-to-limb evolution

Paleo study shows how elevation may affect evolution

Hydroelectric dams drastically reduce tropical forest biodiversity

Biobanking and advanced biodiversity research

When less is more: death in moderation boosts population density in nature

The polyploidy revolution ... then, and now. Stebbins revisited

Mapping the world for nature conservation

Study tackles evolution mystery of animal, plant warning cues for survival

Burgess Shale fossil site gives up oldest evidence of brood care

New genome sequences reveal reveal the bird tree of life     The gene that jumped

Earliest-known arboreal and subterannean ancestral mammals from middle Jurassic of China

Biodiversity higher in the tropics, but species more likely to arise at higher latitudes

New maps highlight habitat corridors in the tropics

Antarctic fjords are climate-sensitive hotspots of biodiversity

Arctic biodiversity under serious threat from climate change

Extreme weather decides distribution of insects    The evolution of insects

Centipede's genome reveals how life evolved on our planet

Termites evolved complex bioreactors 30 million years ago

Complex skeletons evolved earlier than realized, fossils suggest

Evolutionary leap from fins to legs was surprisingly simple

New insights into the origin of birds    Maybe birds can have it all: dazzling colors and pretty songs

Pacific birds ancient extinction estimated at nearly 1000 species  

Cities support more native biodiversity than previously thought

Adaptation, plasticity, and extinction in a changing environment: towards a predictive theory

Evolution can select for evolvability     'Be different or die' does not drive evolution

Testing the fossil record    550 million year old fossils provide new clues about fossil formation

Dinosaur families chose to exit Europe    Mammal diversity exploded immediately after dinosaur extinction

Research reveals secrets of animal weapons    Visualizing evolution

Constructive conservation: last chance for biodiversity?    Study puts biodiversity on the map

Protecting 17% of Earth's land could save 2/3 of plant species

Island biodiversity in danger of total submersion with climate change

Population stability 'hope' in species' response to climate change 

Ecosystems change long before species are lost   Scientists announce top 10 new species for 2013

A Salt-Free Primordial Soup     Evolution of life on Earth   

The unbelievable underworld and its impact on all of us

'Cascade of events' caused sudden explosion of animal life

Massive geographic change may have triggered explosion of animal life

Lack of oxygen delayed the appearance of animals on Earth

125 million-year-old wing sheds new light on the evolution of flight

The origin and early evolution of metatherian mammals: the Cretaceous record

Parasites affect food web structure primarily through increased diversity and complexity

Evolution: it's all in how you splice it   Beacon Center for the Study of Evolution in Action

Evolution depends on rare chance events, 'molecular time travel' experiments show    

Evolution to the rescue    

Biodiversity conservation across scales - lessons from a science-policy dialogue

Large-scale biodiversity is vital to maintain ecosystem health

Reconstructing the New World monkey family tree    Is this a new species of human?

Madagascar no longer an evolutionary hotspot      Tahiti: a very hot biodiversity hot spot in the Pacific

Scenarios for future biodiversity loss due to multiple drivers reveal conflict between mitigating climate change and preserving biodiversity 

Pesticides significantly reduce biodiversity in aquatic environments

Evolutionary study shows bridge species drive tropical engine of biodiversity

Alternative mechanism of species formation picks up support, thanks to South American ant

DNA technology set to speed up species discovery

Scientists challenge current theories about natural habitats and species diversity

Biodiversity helps protect Nature against human impact

Rapid characterization of vegetation structure to predict refugia and climate change impacts across a global biodiversity hotspot

The Living Planet Report    Research reveals contrasting consequences of a warmer Earth 

Definition of Speciation   Scientists list top 10 new species    International Day of Biological Diversity 2012

Relationship between a species' niche and its distribution   

The biodiversity crises: Worse than climate change 

A leech capable of surviving exposure to extremely low temperatures         

Biodiversity and global health - hubris, humility and the unknown    Biodiversity in a Changing World

Researchers Greatly Improve Evolutionary Tree of Life for Mammals

UNM Researchers Explore Evolution of World’s Mammals Over the Past 100 Million Years

The Midori Prize for biodiversity

Regional:

Ancient connection between the Americas enhanced extreme biodiversity

Peru's Manu National Park sets a new biodiversity record

North American mammal evolution tracks with climate change

Atlas of Living Australia     Biodiversity - te science and solutions for Australia

Impact of climate change on biodiversity and habitats in East Africa

Parasites and the evolution of primate culture

Liiving African group discovered to be the most populous humans over the last 150,000 years

Preserving Nature on Land and Sea   WWF LIving Planet Report

Streamlining European biodiversity indicators 2020:

Extremophiles:

Searching for life where the Sun doesn't shine: Part 1    Part 2   Part 3

New life found that lives of electricity

Many worlds, subterranean edition    Life might thrive a dozen miles beneath Earth's surface

Unique microbes found in extreme environment    Life on Earth's ceiling

New species discovvered beneath the ocean  

Tardigrades in space   The toughest animal on Earth ... and in space!

Hot springs microbe yields record-breaking, heat-tolerant enzyme

Life in the extreme: uranium toxicity response different in nearly genetically identical microorganisms 

A hot species for cool structures   Scientists find microbes in lava tube living in conditions like those on Mars

Swansong biospheres     Life in the subsurface