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Unlike many other areas of biology, which are concerned with individual organisms, ecologists study how organisms affect, and are affected by, their environment. Ecosystems are formed from a delicate web of habitat, food sources, prey and predators, and an imbalance can be devastating to all links in the chain. The ways in which human activity is influencing a broad range of ecosystems is of particular importance, as it is leading to a huge loss of biodiversity.

Articles about ecology

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Despite its amazing ability to explain how species change and diverge there are some areas of evolution that scientists are still working to understand.
Delve deeper into evolution

How many species are unknown to science? And will we ever know the true number, before many of them are wiped out?
Delve deeper into undiscovered species

We see birds around us every day, so you might think we know all there is to know about our feathered friends – but that is far from the case!
Delve deeper into birds

Scientists agree that human activities are causing climate change, but the finer details are still unknown.
Delve deeper into climate change

The origins of life – where and how did life begin?
Delve deeper into origin of life

Sharks are one of our most poorly understood animals, hard to study, dangerous and diverse, impacting the ecosystem and sometimes our daily lives.
Delve deeper into sharks
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If a keystone species is lost, the entire ecosystem can collapse.
Delve deeper into keystone species

Ebola is one of the most contagious and dangerous diseases, but between outbreaks the disease must be hiding somewhere. Some suspect bats, but is this really true?
Delve deeper into bats and ebola

There’s still a whole herd of things we don’t know about bovine TB, its nature, spread and the effects of badger culling: could culling reduce it - or make it worse?
Delve deeper into bovine tb

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Blog posts about ecology

Our blog posts are often written by scientists about their ongoing research

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Why do Narwhals have tusks?
Friday 18th of February 2022
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The cannibal in the ocean
Thursday 13th of January 2022
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Snake acrobatics
Thursday 23rd of September 2021
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Going with the flow
Thursday 22nd of April 2021
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Walking with wolves
Monday 28th of September 2020
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Climate change, glacial recession and mammal communities
Saturday 14th of March 2020
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