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What Species Is Most Fit for Life? All Have an Equal Chance, Scientists Say

There are more than 8 million species of living things on Earth, but none of them - from 100-foot blue whales to microscopic bacteria - has an advantage over the others in the universal struggle for existence. In a paper published today (Jan. 8) in the prestigious journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, a trio of scientists including Dr. Charles A.S. Hall of ESF, describe the dynamic that began with the origin of life on Earth 4 billion years ago. (1/8)

The Ocean Is Losing Its Breath — Here’s the Global Scope

In the past 50 years, the amount of water in the open ocean with zero oxygen has gone up more than fourfold. In coastal water bodies, including estuaries and seas, low-oxygen sites have increased more than 10-fold since 1950. Scientists expect oxygen to continue dropping even outside these zones as Earth warms. To halt the decline, the world needs to rein in both climate change and nutrient pollution, an international team of scientists asserted in a new paper published inScience. One of the team members is Karin Limburg, a fisheries ecologist at ESF. (1/4)

Governor Unveils Plan to Protect N.Y. Lakes from Harmful Algal Blooms

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo visited the ESF campus today to announce a $65 million, 4-point initiative to aggressively combat harmful algal blooms in Upstate New York. (12/21)

Acorns to Action Strives to Help Victims of Natural Disasters

Shaken by recent natural disasters in Mexico, the Caribbean and the United States, ESF students had one question on their minds: "What can we do to help?"

And so, "Acorns to Action" was born. (12/21)

Synthetic Protein Could Be Key in Battle against Disease

A synthetic protein that disrupts the ability of bacteria to perform basic life functions - moving, eating, attaching to hosts - could be a key to fighting infectious disease and preventing bacteria from evolving into drug-resistant pathogens. Two ESF scientists contributed to a recent publication on the subject. (12/20)

Hurricanes Hit, so Ph.D. Candidate Gets to Work in Puerto Rico

Ph.D. candidate Braulio "Bali" Quintero was working in his native Puerto Rico this past summer when he prepared to fly back to Syracuse in September to defend his dissertation at ESF. Then Hurricane Irma slammed the Caribbean and southern Florida, knocking out power, flight schedules and Quintero's plans. So he rescheduled his flight for Sept. 20 - the day Hurricane Maria crashed into Puerto Rico. Instead of flying back to the Northeast, he hunkered down and listened to the wind howl for 16 hours. When he was able to emerge, Quintero got to work. (12/15)

ESF Student Part of First-Place Team in Hult Prize Competition

ESF student Sayje Lasenberry is a member of Farm to Flame Energy, the team that recently took first-place honors in the Syracuse campus qualifier for the Hult Prize. (12/15)

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