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Author: Michelle Jewell

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 […] 

A photo of an 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. 

Dec 29, 2020

Spring 2021 Fermentology Line-Up

Join us for our spring series of short talks with a live Q&A with experts on the culture, history and science behind your daily fermented foods! 

Dec 11, 2020

Farmed Striped Bass Without Hormones Or The Price-tag

Ben Reading and pals have developed a method for farming striped bass more efficiently and less expensively, without hormones. 

At Lake Raleigh, students stand on a dock after a day of collecting data about fish populations.

Dec 10, 2020

Preserving Lake Raleigh’s 100-Year Legacy With Fisheries Partnerships

NC State’s Department of Applied Ecology has partnered with NC Wildlife Resources Commission since 2006. Their mission? Managing the urban fresh water resource of Lake Raleigh — including its fishy residents. 

Bumblebee on a flower collecting pollen.

Sep 28, 2020

Bees Can Limit Low-Level Parasite Spread Within Colonies

When parasite pressure is low, bees can control how quickly the parasites spread within colonies, and this might be due to social immunity. 

Jul 28, 2020

Applying Insights from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to the Management of Cancer

Professor Rob Dunn sits with Dr. Athena Aktipis to discuss how the secret to treating cancer may lie in the evolutionary biology of all multi-cellular organisms. 

A robust redhorse, picture by Prof. Tom Kwak.

Jun 13, 2020

How PFAS May Be Threatening The Conservation Of An Imperiled Fish

The robust redhorse (Moxostoma robustum) is one of North Carolina’s most imperiled fishes. This species was first caught and described in 1870 along the Yadkin-Pee Dee River, but scientists did not have another confirmed sighting of this species until the […] 

May 7, 2020

How To Promote Shade Coffee Farming In Puerto Rico

Like many other communities in the United States, farming on Puerto Rico is a challenging balance between protecting crops from climate change, supporting conservation, and maximizing capital. New research shows how coffee farmers make decisions on which crops to grow and what can be done to encourage shade farming practices.