Science Nation - Marshes and Sea Level Rise

submitted by: nsf
With support from the National Science Foundation, Villanova University marine scientist Nathaniel Weston studies how both land use and climate change can impact habitat in tidal marshes, including how rising sea levels may affect microbes and other plants and animals. Rising sea levels can actually cause marshes to grow in very different ways. His experiments are already simulating different amounts of sea level rise in several tidal creeks in the Delaware River estuary. He studies how...

The Well Dressed Ape book review

submitted by: sciencegoddess

Joanne describes her listening experience of the audio version of life-science-popular-book-writer Hannah Holmes' "The Well Dressed Ape: A Natural History of Myself" as the more comprehensive and funnier updated version of the 1960s "The Naked Ape" by Desmond Morris. Joanne's goal with book reviews is to be positive and intelligent and encourage the reluctant science reader to pick up a book and to let science enthusiasts know what is available on the bookshelves now.

The Environment Ontology: Linking Environmental Data

submitted by: dougramsey
Norman Morrison, University of Manchester Every biological specimen that is collected or sampled — whether for a museum collection, for epidemiological studies, for population studies, for ecological research, for research into evolution, biodiversity or sustainability, indeed any biological research — comes from a particular habitat where particular physical conditions prevail. How ever, at present there is no accepted semantic standard for describing the environment from which these...

Towards Computer Assisted Markup of Data: Habitat-Lite

submitted by: dougramsey
Lynette Hirschman, The MITRE Corporation Co-authors: Scott Mardis, Cheryl Clark, Kevin Cohen Habitat-Lite (aka EnvO-Lite) is a set of structured terms designed to facilitate capture of high-level information about habitat and sample source metadata for genomics and metagenomics samples. It is designed to be light-weight and compact. Habitat-Lite terms are drawn from the full EnvO ontology and are made avail able by the EnvO Consortium in the EnvO-Lite-GSC OBO file. Habitat-Lite terms include...