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Prairie dogs disperse when all close kin have disappeared

March 7, 2013
Prairie dogs pull up stakes and look for a new place to live when all their close kin have disappeared from their home territory--a striking pattern of dispersal that has not been observed for any other species. This is according to a new study published in Science by behavioral ecologist John Hoogland, Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Appalachian Laboratory.

Appalachian Laboratory seeks Marylanders to participate in American chestnut restoration project

March 1, 2013
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Appalachian Laboratory and the American Chestnut Foundation are working with western Maryland residents to "crack the code" to re-establish American chestnut trees.

Appalachian Laboratory team receives NSF grant to predict how trees will adapt to rapid climate change

January 24, 2013
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science has joined partners from state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions and advocacy groups to kickoff Maryland’s Reclaim the Bay public awareness effort.

New study finds that bacteria on marine sponges can develop capacity to move and inhibit biofilm formation

September 6, 2012
A new study shows that when enough bacteria get together in one place, they can make a collective decision to grow an appendage and swim away.

Appalachian Laboratory receives grant from NASA to study growth rate of trees in a longer growing season

June 11, 2012
Scientists Andrew Elmore and David Nelson were awarded $653,018 from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for a three-year project to use satellite data to find out how the growth rate of trees in a longer growing season is impacting the environment.

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