There was other news this week down here on Earth but it was largely eclipsed (heh) by more celestial events. Continue reading ICYMI: Highlights from the week that was August 20 – August 26, 2017
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center set up its first lab in an old dairy barn on the banks of the Rhode River. Five decades later, SERC is at the forefront of research on the effects of climate change, pollution and invasive species on our coasts and waterways. Continue reading Working to save the Bay (and the rest of the planet) for 50 years
The list of invasive species that threaten our waterways ranges from Asian oysters to zebra mussels, with hundreds of other animal and plant species in between. In this post marking National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Smithsonian photographer and diving officer Laurie Penland describes the exhausting, dangerous and oddly beautiful work of scraping invasive species off the hull of a giant cargo ship. Continue reading Getting down and dirty in the fight against invasive species
U.S. Customs agents recently seized 35 pounds of live African giant snails being shipped to California. With few predators (other than humans) the slow-moving snails are fast becoming one of the world’s most destructive invasive species. Ellen Strong of the Natural History Museum tells you everything you need to know. Plus recipes! Continue reading These slimy invaders need to escargot back where they came from
A pair of Smithsonian marine biologists argue that a warming Arctic puts the area at risk for inviting invasive species. Continue reading Arctic shipping: Good for invasive species, bad for the rest of nature
Will a nematode be the nemesis of the noxious cane toad? Continue reading The stowaway parasite, or: Why haven’t cane toads taken over the world?
Giant Burmese pythons are eating the Everglades alive–devouring rabbits, foxes and even alligators. It’s harder to know the impact the snakes are having on native birds. Ornithologist Carla Dove is one of the few with the guts to investigate, uh, python guts. Continue reading Animal CSI: Inside the Smithsonian’s Feather Forensics Lab
Can parasites be the key to controlling the lionfish? Biologist Andrew Sellers counts flatworms and flukes so you don’t have to. Continue reading Invasive, voracious and venomous–is the lionfish becoming the king of the Atlantic?
Not every non-native plant is an invasive bully, but the worst offenders create terrible damage. Horticulturalist James Gagliardi lists the top six to avoid. Continue reading Attack of the killer kudzu!
Dr. Melissa McCormick talks about her work with earthworms, explains why orchids are the “pandas of the plant world” and encourages young scientists to find what they love and stick with it. Continue reading The worm has turned…into more bane than boon for native orchids