Animal Behavior Climate Change Environment

Termites actively help save soils during droughts, study finds

Author: Shreya Dasgupta Researchers studying the effects of termites in an old-growth tropical forest in Malaysian Borneo found that both termite numbers and activity increased during the El Niño drought of 2015-2016, resulting in higher leaf litter decomposition and soil moisture compared to a test plot where the termite population had been artificially suppressed. These improvements […]

Animal Behavior Animal Cognition Neurobiology

What elephants’ unique brain structures suggest about their mental abilities

Top photo: African elephant bull. Michelle Gadd/USFWS, CC BY Author: Bob Jacobs, Colorado College Conservationists have designated August 12 as World Elephant Day to raise awareness about conserving these majestic animals. Elephants have many engaging features, from their incredibly dexterous trunks to their memory abilities and complex social lives. But there is much less discussion […]

Animal Behavior Human-Wildlife Conflict

To avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shift

Top Photo: Red fox under cover of darkness in London. Jamie Hall. For use only with this article. Author: Kaitlyn Gaynor, University of California, Berkeley For their first 100 million years on planet Earth, our mammal ancestors relied on the cover of darkness to escape their dinosaur predators and competitors. Only after the meteor-induced mass […]