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Department of Applied Ecology

mink standing on ground looking at camera

Jan 11, 2022

Study Finds Distinct Gut Microbiomes in Male and Female Carnivores

A recent study found a dramatic difference between the microbial diversity in guts of female and male American minks. The finding suggests there is an unexpected sexual distinction in the gut microbiomes of carnivores. 

illustration with bear with fish in mouth thinking about human food

Jan 5, 2022

Study Finds Reduced Microbial Diversity in Guts of Wild Bears That Eat Human Food

A recent study suggests that eating human food has a pronounced effect on the microbiome of black bears. 

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. 

Khara Grieger co-leads Knowledge Transfer efforts between researchers and stakeholders for NC State’s new $25 million NSF STEPS Center.

Oct 8, 2021

NC State Faculty Member to Co-lead Knowledge Transfer Efforts for New $25M Phosphorus Research Center

Khara Grieger will co-lead Knowledge Transfer efforts between researchers and stakeholders for NC State’s new $25 million NSF STEPS Center. 

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.