André Franco

Science Leaders Issue Clarion Call for Evidence-Based Policy

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, US science leaders and others have expressed frustration with the lack of an informed and coherent federal response, a sentiment that echoes objections to the handling of other pressing issues, such as climate change. Writing in BioScience, an assemblage of the past presidents of the American Institute of …

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Diana Wall’s article among 5 chosen by SBB for World Soil day

Congrats to Stefan Geisen, Maria Briones, Huijie Gan, Valerie Behan-Pelletier, Ville-Petri Friman, Arjende Groot, Emilia Hannula, Zoë Lindo, Laurent Philippot, Alexei Tiunov, and Diana Wall for having their paper “A Methodological Framework to Embrace Soil Biodiversity” chosen by the journal Soil Biology & Biochemistry as one of 5 papers that exemplify the importance of soils …

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“Ghost Soil Creature” Of Antarctica Has Survived 30 Ice Ages

A YouTube video produced by BYU University Communications highlights a primitive insect-like creature that has survived 30 ice ages and was recently rediscovered in Antarctica by a team of scientists who had been searching for it for decades. “This is what we affectionately refer to as the ghost collembola,” says BYU biology professor Byron Adams, …

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Tiny ‘ghost creatures’ from Antarctica give insight into past, current climate change

The DNA of tiny Antarctic invertebrates holds clues to past climates and the ancient history of a massive ice sheet. Learn more in this new paper from Diana Wall and colleagues. Collins, G. E. et al. Genetic diversity of soil invertebrates corroborates timing estimates for past collapses of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Proc. Natl. …

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Our multi-site study on grassland nematodes and drought published in PNAS

Extreme drought alters trophic structure belowground, releasing plant parasites from predation. But the magnitude of these effects changes spatially. Those are the main conclusions of our study published today in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science). A press release about the study can be viewed here. These findings may have serious implications for the …

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Our work is on the cover of Conservation Biology

Our work on soil biodiversity responses to Amazonian deforestation, in collaboration with Bruno Sobral & Artur Silva from UFPA (Brazil), is on the cover of Conservation Biology this month (June 2019)! Thanks to dozens of published studies on this topic we were able to generate the first data synthesis on the consequences of deforestation in the so-called …

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