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Benny the bark beetle and the not-so palatable pine
‘Tis the season to cut down conifers, wrestle them into over-heated living rooms, and bedeck their branches with boxfuls of childhood ornaments carefully preserved in bits of paper towel. While trees may be unable to mount a defense against indignities perp...

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A Tale of Two Islands
Despite its title, this story is not exactly about two islands. It’s more about the eight-legged inhabitants of two groups of islands. But fear not arachnophobes, body size and parasitism do not feature in today’s plot. Instead we travel to the Hawaiian Isl...

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For a wider range, pick a perfect partner
Clearing out the poison ivy from my back yard last weekend, I alternated between swatting mosquitos swarming around my temptingly bare calves and worrying that the subsequent transfer of ivy juices would lead to unfortunate consequences in the not-so-distan...

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Mystery of the Malaysian Mangroves
As an Alaskan child, visiting Florida for the first time when I was 17, mangroves were a fuzzy concept, loosely associated with swamps, alligators, and primordial ooze, and definitely NOT somewhere that I was looking forward to snorkeling. But, once I plung...

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Melting Ice = Missing Species?
A recent feature in National Geographic magazine posed a provocative question: What would today’s world look like without ice? Earth was last ice-free during the Eocene (56 million years ago) and didn’t start cooling down until 40 million years ago. If all ...

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And I will say no more..

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A little slap-dash this week, but still writing.

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First Biogeobits post of the new year... about animals 200 million years old and 65 million years dead.

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They went in one end and out the other... alive.
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