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All hands on deck to understand, predict, prevent abrupt ecological change

October 25, 2017

“It’s a generally thorny problem and we are often scrambling to react,” says lead principal investigator Monica Turner. “In fact, understanding abrupt change in ecological systems is among the biggest challenges in contemporary ecology.”

New study examines where and how climate change is altering species

September 19, 2016

A new study shows how and where changing climate conditions could affect the communities of species in any given area. In …

Thrive or fail: Examining forest resilience in the face of fires

September 2, 2016

“It’s not only western forests where these things matter, where disturbances and changing environments shape regional landscapes,” says Wisconsin researcher Monica Turner.

Giant forest fires exterminate spotted owls, long-term study finds

August 2, 2016

A UW–Madison research group has documented an exodus of owls following the fierce, 99,000 acre King Fire in California in 2014.

Spring comes sooner to urban heat islands, with potential consequences for wildlife

May 25, 2016

It may be music to gardeners’ ears, but that tune could be alarming to some native and migratory birds and bugs.

Muddy forests, shorter winters present challenges for loggers

December 22, 2014

Stable, frozen ground has long been recognized a logger’s friend, capable of supporting equipment and trucks in marshy or soggy forests. Now, a comprehensive look at weather from 1948 onward shows that the logger’s friend is melting. The study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Environmental Management, finds that the period of frozen ground has declined by an average of two or three weeks since 1948.