Ecology

Silent Savanna: Where are the Serengeti’s Wild Dogs?

It was the year when the Serengeti National Park’s music, or at least one section in its chorus-of-the-wild, died. In 1991, the twitters and whines of African wild dogs went strangely silent in Tanzania’s iconic protected area. Scientists began ...

5 Simple Tips for Communicating Science

Many scientists have a bad tendency: they often speak in a way that is incomprehensible to the general public. I know what I am talking about because I am one of them. In our defense, traditional scientific training doesn’t ...

Animal Pharm: What Can We Learn From Nature’s Self-Medicators?

Birds do it. Bees do it. Butterflies and chimpanzees do it.  These animals and many others self-medicate, using plants and other surprising materials to improve not only their own health but also the health of their offspring. A video of ...

New “Demon” Ants Named for Maya Underlords

The devil’s in the details when it comes to fearsome-looking ant species found recently in Central America and the Caribbean.  When viewed under a microscope, some of these 33 new tiny terrors have distinctly fierce jaws and sharp teeth not ...

Iguana Research on Gaulin Cay, Bahamas

The final installment in a series of posts by Chicago area college students enrolled in the John G. Shedd Aquarium’s Marine and Island Ecology course offered through the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA). Our students work closely ...

Iguana Research on Gaulin Cay, Bahamas

The final installment in a series of posts by Chicago area college students enrolled in the John G. Shedd Aquarium’s Marine and Island Ecology course offered through the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA). Our students work closely ...