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Department of Applied Ecology

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 […] 

Man in protective gear near bee swarm

Sep 2, 2021

Making a Beeline for RDU Airport

Traveling honeybees reach their new home with help from an NC State professor and beekeeping hobbyist. 

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. 

Jun 28, 2021

Magic at 64.4 Degrees: Science, Serendipity and Farmed Striped Bass

After decades of research on breeding bass in captivity, a team led by NC State scientist Benjamin Reading found a shortcut to producing up to 5 million larvae from a single spawning event with captive striped bass. 

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. 

Apr 22, 2021

NC State Named A ‘Bee Campus USA’

The certification recognizes NC State’s ongoing efforts to conserve pollinator species. 

Three female nurses standing next to a freezer.

Mar 1, 2021

COVID Cooperation: Finding Freezer Space for Vaccines

What do coronavirus vaccines and wildlife tissue samples have in common? The need for ultracold storage to preserve genetic material. 

Feb 11, 2021

Do You Want to Build a Bee Hotel?

Learn how to build a bee hotel just in time for spring with Applied Ecology's Elsa Youngsteadt. She's partnering with Hill Library’s Makerspace for a virtual build-a-long on Feb. 27. 

jar of sourdough starter

Jan 26, 2021

Intercontinental Study Sheds Light on the Microbial Life of Sourdough

Conventional wisdom is wrong. And sourdough is complicated. 

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!