Putting the sloth in sloths: Arboreal lifestyle drives slow pace

Tree sloths are among the most emblematic tree-dwelling mammals. They are best known for their pokey demeanor rather than the fact that they spend the majority of their lives in trees munching leaves. But the slow-motion lifestyle of tree sloths, according to a new study, is a direct result of the animals' adaptation to their arboreal niche.

60 years after pioneering survey, Wisconsin prairies are changing rapidly

After the end of World War II, John Curtis dedicated his energies to studying the ecology of Wisconsin's plants. Many years later, UW grad student Amy Alstad, and a team of researchers have published a third survey based on Curtis' work.

UW scientists contribute to state's Pollinator Protection Plan effort

Wisconsin's honey bees help support an $88 billion agricultural enterprise and play an important role in ecosystems throughout the state. But our bees face challenges. Wisconsin lost around 60 percent of its managed honey bee hives due to extreme cold and other factors during the winter of 2014.

Video explores habitat changes between soil and snow

Jonathan Pauli and Benjamin Zuckerberg appear in a new video explaining the subnivium -- habitat between the ground and winter snow cover that is being affected by climate change. They have teamed up with Operation Fresh Start to build automated "micro-greenhouses" to aid their study.

UW-Madison researcher to lead Ecological Society of America

Monica Turner has made a career of studying ecosystem resilience in the face of ecological challenges, from severe forest fires and bark beetle outbreaks to climate and land use change in Wisconsin. Now, she has been named to a one-year term as president of the Ecological Society of America.

Learning lessons by following Madison's foxes and coyotes

Last year, a family of foxes -- complete with roly-poly kits -- took up residence on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and made the city its playground. With winter in full swing, the foxes and their larger dog-like counterparts, coyotes, are out there again, roaming the wilder parts of the city and campus.

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