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Author: Michelle Jewell

a metal thermometer gently touches the back of a bee on a flower

May 17, 2023

Study Finds Carrying Pollen Heats Up Bumble Bees, Raising New Climate Change Questions

The study raises questions about how bee species will be impacted by a warmer world due to climate change. 

Crystal skippers feeding on morning glories at Fort Macon State Park, NC.

Mar 22, 2023

Youngsteadt Awarded Grant to Conserve Rare Butterflies

Elsa Youngsteadt, an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Ecology, received funding to work on a new project funded by a partnership between the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. 

many ants swarm over a plastic plate containing different types of food. The plate is set on the ground, surrounded by leaves.

Jan 20, 2023

Climate Conundrum: Study Finds Ants Aren’t Altering Behavior in Rising Temperatures

The finding suggests ants may have trouble adjusting to climate change. 

farmers working in a field

Sep 23, 2022

Interdisciplinary Grant Strengthens Agricultural Workforce

Catherine LePrevost is leading an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional program that creates a pathway for undergraduate students from agricultural backgrounds to become care providers, educators and researchers working in farmworker health and safety.   

A ramshorn snail feeding

Sep 15, 2022

Saving a Magnificent Snail

A team of applied ecology researchers have the plan and resources to bring the magnificent ramshorn back before it's too late. 

miami blue butterfly at rest on a plant

Feb 7, 2022

Shifting Rainfall Patterns Will Affect Whether An Imperiled Butterfly Survives Climate Change

The study highlights how changes in precipitation could affect the survival of some species. 

A researcher holds an aquatic invertebrate

Dec 10, 2021

Collaborative Study Identifies Urgent Need to Prioritize Freshwater Biodiversity Research

Alonso Ramirez joins a team of researchers from 90 scientific institutions worldwide to call for better research and protection of freshwater biodiversity. 

Photo of a malaise trap next to the greenway

Sep 9, 2021

What Are Those Bug Tents Along the Greenway?

The white tents tagged with Applied Ecology research along the greenway are traps being used by Sarah Parsons and Applied Ecology’s Elsa Youngsteadt. The research will identify which urban habitats contribute the most to insect conservation and test whether basic ecology […] 

alpine pond with a mountain in its reflection by Susan Washko

Aug 23, 2021

Climate Change-Induced Droughts Alter Animal-Driven Nutrient Cycles in Alpine Ponds

A new study by Jared and Brad as found that animal-driven nutrient flows critical to the functioning of pond ecosystems are under increasing threat from climate change. 

a table spread of different foods

Jun 23, 2021

The Evolution of Good Taste

Does evolution explain why we can’t resist a salty chip? NC State researchers found that differences between the elemental composition of foods and the elemental needs of animals can explain the development of pleasing tastes like salty, umami and sweet.