The Environmental Impact of GMOs

An article made available in Science Direct, 2022, unpacks the potential benefits that genetically modified crops have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Authors of the document, Emma Kovak, DanBlaustein-Rejto, Matin Qaim, claim that “genetically modified (GM) crops can help reduce agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In addition to possible decreases in production emissions, GM yield gains alsoContinue reading “The Environmental Impact of GMOs”

How Has Climate Change Affected Yellowstone Amphibians?

A new study authored, published in the science journal Ecology Indicators, highlights how environmental changes in Yellowstone National Park are leading to habitat loss for some amphibian species. As environments continue to heat up and dry out, certain amphibians that move across Yellowstone will likely experience increasing loss of habitable zones. Authors of the studyContinue reading “How Has Climate Change Affected Yellowstone Amphibians?”

What Are Direct and Indirect Effects of Climate Change?

Freshwater systems provide usable water for technological development, agriculture and human consumption, while also serving as habitats for various aquatic species. Therefore, freshwater systems are of crucial economic and ecological value. A 2021 study titled, ” “The Importance of Indirect Effects of Climate Change Adaptations On Alpine and Pre-Alpine Freshwater Systems” asserts that human-made transformationsContinue reading “What Are Direct and Indirect Effects of Climate Change?”

Climate Change Impacts on Seabirds and Marine Mammals

A new review published in Ecology Letters, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, assessed seabird and marine mammals’ responses to climate change and climate variability. Researchers based their analysis on data from more than 480 preexisting studies and found that “the likelihood of concluding that climate change had an impact increased with study duration”. In other words,Continue reading “Climate Change Impacts on Seabirds and Marine Mammals”

Ecology of Fungi

Fungi- (singular; fungus) have a true nucleus, meaning that they are eukaryotic organisms and reproduce (both sexually and asexually) by spores. Fungal spores are primarily disseminated through wind. Fungi have crucial ecological roles in transporting nutrients through underground fungal hyphae networks, decomposing dead biomass material and serving as food for some mammals, including us humans.Continue reading “Ecology of Fungi”

Ecological Community: Networks of Interacting Species

An ecological community is defined as a group species that inhabit the same place and interact with each other in various combinations. In ecology, communities are the biotic components of an environment, including its Archaebacteria, Eubacteria, Fungi, Protista, Plantae and Animalia, these are the six known kingdoms of Earth’s biosphere. The organisms that share a closeContinue reading “Ecological Community: Networks of Interacting Species”

Homemade Seitan Recipe: BBQ Seitan “Ribs” (Vegan)

Barbeque (BBQ) seitan ribs may be one of the best ways to enjoy seitan. Seitan has a stringy, chewy texture that is often compared to that of meat. Seitan is thus the ideal substitute for meat in a variety of dishes. The benefit is that seitan can be eaten guilt free – as it isContinue reading “Homemade Seitan Recipe: BBQ Seitan “Ribs” (Vegan)”

Cowspiracy Summary: Ocean Facts

Fisheries harvest marine organisms across habitat types. While fisheries do generate food and profit, they could be doing much more harm than good for underwater ecosystems. The film Cowspiracy makes a convincing case for the deleterious affect that large-scale fishing operations have on aquatic habitats, species variety and species abundance. Cowspiracy paints modern fishing asContinue reading “Cowspiracy Summary: Ocean Facts”

Cowspiracy Summary: Rainforest Facts

The official Cowspiracy website lists references aimed at supporting the arguments and conclusions proposed in the film on its “Facts” page. The page of supporting documents has 9 categories, including Ocean, Wildlife, Land, Waste, Water, Greenhouse Gases, Rainforest and Humanity. The documents listed in the Rainforest facts section describe the importance of rainforest ecosystems andContinue reading “Cowspiracy Summary: Rainforest Facts”

What Environmental DNA (eDNA) Reveals About Migration From The Ocean Twilight Zone

So-called twilight zones, also known as disphotic zones or mesopelagic zones, house vast populations of unexploited fish and unexplored habitats, which make these aquatic regions extraordinarily interesting to marine researchers and conservationists. Environmental DNA metabarcoding may prove useful for learning about organisms that live down in ocean twilight zones and how these species travel. EquallyContinue reading “What Environmental DNA (eDNA) Reveals About Migration From The Ocean Twilight Zone”