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Sam Zlotnik

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

University of Florida

Sam has authored 2 articles

Brood parasites are quite picky about who they offload their kids on, depending on the climate

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Climate patterns may have driven parental decision-making for birds that lay their eggs in other species' nests

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A viper's zig-zag colors help blur their predators' vision

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Scientists previously thought that animals' color patterns were either warning signs or camouflage — on these snakes, they are both

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Domestic cats fall for the same visual illusions as we do

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Our feline friends are just as likely to sit inside of a fake square as a real one

Living near a Superfund site shortens life expectancy for low-income residents

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Unequal access to healthcare amplifies the disparity

An ecological trap exposes many bats to a deadly fungus

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White-nose syndrome thrives in the warm roosts that bats prefer to sleep in

Even megalodon babies needed nurseries to survive

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To look back into shark evolutionary history, paleontologists analyzed the fossilized teeth of these ancient predators

How photography can overturn traditional killing of rattlesnakes

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Scientists and activists share the beauty of these misunderstood species

Glowing worms have less sex when the lights are on

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Artificial lighting makes it harder for bioluminescent insects to find mates

Bumble bees cut holes in plants' leaves to trigger flowering

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This remarkable behavior was discovered during routine observations of bee behavior

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Your own yard could help reverse global insect declines

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Non-native plants are one of many factors driving global declines in insect populations – but you can help

Elyse DeFranco

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We still don't know much about marijuana farms' effects on wildlife

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A new study found that larger animals were less commonly found on cannabis farms as outside them

Maria Gatta

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Animal "construction workers" rebuild natural landscapes more efficiently than humans ever could

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Ecosystem engineers like beavers and tortoises help restore water cycles and tree cover to degraded habitats

Jazmin Murphy

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Nectar robbery by short-tongued bees is throwing off delicate pollination cycles

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Nectar-robbing by bees leads to fewer visits by other pollinating insects, impacting flower reproductive success

Lila Westreich

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