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MSU Scientists Put The Heat On Microbes

Monday, March 23, 2020
rocks in a river

Hurricanes, floods, drought and fire. Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent as the climate changes and can destroy entire landscapes — both visible and invisible. Like humans,…

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Small Farmers Sink or Swim in Globalization’s Tsunami

Friday, February 28, 2020
Researcher speaking with small farmers

Whether small-time farmers across the world get swept away by globalization or ride a wave of new opportunities depends largely on how much control they can get, according…

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Big Data Helps Farmers Adapt to Climate Variability

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Aerial view of a cash crop feild.

A new Michigan State University study shines a light on how big data and digital technologies can help farmers better adapt to threats — both present and future…

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MSU Scientists Develop Models to Evaluate Amphibian Biodiversity

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
student catching critters in wetland

These days, a lot of people are vying for territory in the nation’s capital, but you may be surprised to know that since 2005, the National Capital Region…

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Frogs to Snakes: the Consequences of Lost Biodiversity

Thursday, February 13, 2020
thin snake by leaf

A Michigan State University- and University of Maryland-led study featured on the cover of this week’s Science magazine should sound alarm bells regarding the “biodiversity crisis” or the…

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Scientists Use Remote Sensing Data to Help Explain Patterns of Life

Monday, February 3, 2020
sierra nevada landscape

Like watching with a new set of binoculars, satellite remote sensing technology is giving Michigan State University researchers a powerful lens to view landscapes that set the stage…

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A Model Ecosystem Fish Story

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Two men fishing at sundown

Michigan State University researchers have demonstrated that anglers can produce accurate and complex environmental models similar to those of trained scientists. The study, led by graduate student Payam…

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Trinidad’s Guppy-Filled Streams Provide Natural Lab for Genetic Rescue Research

Monday, January 6, 2020
Close of picture of guppies swimming.

Trinidadian Guppies, ubiquitous in freshwater aquariums around the world, are no bigger than your thumb. But for Sarah Fitzpatrick, assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Integrative…

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All Global Sustainability is Local

Thursday, January 2, 2020
China country side, trees on mountains.

In a Nature cover story, Jianguo “Jack” Liu and MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, or CSIS, members use groundbreaking methods to discover sustainability, like politics, is…

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NSF Grant Supports Study of Low-Oxygen Zones

Thursday, December 26, 2019
Satellite view of the ocean

What impacts can we expect from the expansion of low-oxygen zones in today’s ocean? An international team of scientists that includes Michigan State University paleo-oceanographer Dalton Hardisty has…

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