biodiversity

The importance of ‘edge populations’ to biodiversity

Published: 17Dec2018

More than two-thirds of Canada’s biodiversity is made up of species that occur within the country’s borders only at the very northern edge of their range. Biologists have long debated how much...

The spiders who came in from the cold

Published: 29Oct2018

A sprawling study of spiders across northern Canada has turned up more than 100 species in provinces or territories where they had never before been recorded. The findings, by researchers from...

Borrowing a leaf from biology to preserve threatened languages

Published: 13Dec2017

One of the world’s 7,000 languages vanishes every other week, and half – including scores of indigenous North American languages -- might not survive the 21st century, experts say. To preserve as...

As climate warms, mice morph

Published: 27Nov2017

New research by McGill University biologists shows that milder winters have led to physical alterations in two species of mice in southern Quebec in the past 50 years – providing a textbook example...

Protecting life’s tangled ecological webs

Published: 9May2017

Ecosystems are a complex web of interactions. These ecological networks are being reorganized by extinctions and colonization events caused by human impacts, such as climate change and habitat...

Measuring protection of the world’s rivers

Published: 10Nov2016

To  what extent are the world’s rivers protected?  ...

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