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Environmental Research & Education (ERE) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone Researchers find that Earth may be home to 1 trillion species
Largest analysis of microbial data reveals that 99.999 percent of all species remain undiscovered
Released  May 2, 2016
crabs and fish on the bottom seafloor Evidence points to widespread loss of ocean oxygen by 2030s
Deoxygenation due to climate change threatens marine life
Released  April 27, 2016
Fish swimming by a healthy coral reef in the Line Islands in the central Pacific Ocean. Too much algae -- and too many microbes -- threaten coral reefs
'Microbialization' destroys reef habitats
Released  April 26, 2016
A baby Rapetosaurus stands alongside a dog, elephant, rhino and hippo Newly discovered baby Titanosaur sheds light on dinosaurs' early lives
Long-necked sauropod dinosaurs include the largest animals ever to walk on land
Released  April 21, 2016
A four-month-old infant baboon rides on its mother's back in Amboseli, Kenya. Rough childhoods can have ripple effects for wild baboons
Baboons who experience drought, loss of mothers, live shorter lives
Released  April 19, 2016
Ponderosa pine on Grand Canyon rim falling over Earth Week: In a drought, which trees risk death?
Study identifies tree traits that contribute to drought vulnerability
Released  April 18, 2016
collage of images showing corals, divers Earth Day: New insights into coral health hidden in reefs' microbiomes
Inner microbial ecosystems keep reef-building corals and other animals 'in the pink'
Released  April 18, 2016
earth day infographic Infographic: Earth Day at NSF
NSF investments help us understand and protect the environment
Released  April 18, 2016
Automated chambers in use a young stand of wheat. New land-use strategies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Improved land-use practices needed as strategies for lowering greenhouse gases
Released  April 7, 2016
Trinity Lake dried out California drought patterns becoming more common
Atmospheric patterns linked with drought occurred more frequently in recent decades
Released  April 1, 2016
cars in traffic on a highway and a big sun Ocean temperatures predict U.S. heat waves 50 days out
Pacific pattern forms in advance of hot days in Eastern U.S.
Released  March 28, 2016
The drillship JOIDES Resolution at sea Human-driven carbon release rate unprecedented in past 66 million years
Humans responsible for carbon release 10 times faster than any event since age of dinosaurs
Released  March 21, 2016
map of united states showing inscreasing risk of Zika-carrying mosquitoes. Potential Zika virus risk estimated for 50 U.S. cities
Weather, travel and poverty may facilitate summertime outbreaks
Released  March 16, 2016
Kendall Grassland in southeastern Arizona In grasslands, longer spring growing season offsets higher summer temperatures
North American grasslands face mixed bag of climate change effects
Released  February 29, 2016
dried trees in a forest of pinons in the U.S. Southwest. Increasing drought threatens almost all U.S. forests
Forests nationwide feeling the heat
Released  February 22, 2016
Scientists working with samples in a lab Seeking Zika: Where and when will Zika-carrying mosquitoes strike next?
NSF-funded scientists look for answers in coastal Ecuador
Released  February 18, 2016
 sandhill cranes flying Scientists track nighttime bird migration using weather radar
Weather radar offers new view of nocturnal bird flight
Released  February 16, 2016
An Aedes aegypti mosquito National Science Foundation issues call for Zika virus proposals
Funding to address ecological transmission dynamics of the virus
Released  February 10, 2016
hills, plants and dry land in the southwestern U.S. Southwest sliding into a new normal: drier conditions
Weather patterns that bring rain becoming less frequent
Released  February 4, 2016
White ibises flock Feeding birds in your local park? If they're white ibises in Florida, think twice
White ibises may transmit diseases like salmonellosis
Released  February 3, 2016
aerial view of NSF's Mo'orea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research site NSF awards rapid response grants to study current El Niņo, one of the strongest on record
Awards address effects on coral reefs; connections between rainfall and landslides; and signatures of past El Niños in ice caps
Released  February 2, 2016
screenshot of website showing a snowflake and text let it snow the science of winter New NSF special report: Let It Snow! The Science of Winter
Report reveals inner worlds of snow and winter, and their importance to humans and ecosystems
Released  January 13, 2016
Researchers with equipment on mountain at NSF's Niwot Ridge LTER site. Colorado high peaks losing glaciers as climate warms
Ice disappears faster in drought years
Released  January 12, 2016
hands holding a pot with natural clay Scientists discover how blue and green clays kill bacteria
May be new answer to MRSA, other 'superbug' infections
Released  January 8, 2016
illustration showing plants and animals under snow Peering into the secret world of life beneath winter snows
Snow sustains species from frogs to birds to mammals in winter and beyond
Released  January 5, 2016
Oceans send plumes of sea spray into the atmosphere as waves hit a rocky coast Scientists discover that salty sea spray affects clouds
Aerosols have impact on cloud composition, duration
Released  December 21, 2015
Ice on Lake Vortsjarv in Estonia Lakes around the world rapidly warming
Freshwater ecosystems threatened, including fisheries and water resources
Released  December 16, 2015
A black surfperch swimming in the vicinity of Santa Cruz Island. A fine kettle of fish?
Long-term data help determine fluctuations in fish populations
Released  November 30, 2015
The coast of Alaska and the Bering Glacier viewed from the ocean drillship JOIDES Resolution. Climate can grind down mountains faster than they can rebuild
Erosion caused by glaciation can wear down mountains faster than plate tectonics can form them
Released  November 23, 2015
Salt marshes in Hatches Harbor, Mass. Grass-planting change boosts coastal wetland restoration success
Marsh grasses should be spaced close together, not far apart
Released  November 3, 2015

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