About 70% of the world’s tropical glaciers, already a rarity, are located in the highlands of Peru. But they are rapidly disappearing. Changes in Peru’s glacier area have been the focus of several research studies; one such study, in the journal The Cryosphere (published Sept. 30, 2019), reported a drastic reduction of almost 30% in the area covered […]
What rain and mud can tell us about climate change
Washington University in St. Louis researcher Bronwen Konecky is piecing together a story about Earth’s climatic history — and what it can tell us about our planet’s future. Konecky, an assistant professor in Earth & planetary sciences, conducts fieldwork in tropical areas from Peru to Uganda to Southeast Asia collecting and analyzing rainwater samples and […]
Cracking the case of global plant biodiversity
Two Washington University researchers are furthering our understanding of plant biodiversity around the globe. The biodiversity gradient is the increase in species richness that occurs from the poles to the tropics. It is one of the most widely recognized patterns in ecology but no one is sure exactly why it exists. Because the phenomenon is […]
WashU team leads study on hot spots of antibiotic resistance
A new study surveyed ecosystems of bacteria and their capacity to resist antibiotics in chicken coops and sewage treatment plants of low-resource communities.
Treatment failure in parasite infection tied to virus
Two new studies explain why some parasite infections, such as those common in developing countries, sometimes can’t be cured with standard treatments.