Uncertain Futures

Featuring 11 articles by 9 scientists

How will our climate look going forward?


Biodiversity doesn't just arise out of healthy ecosystems. It helps create them

Why researchers are starting to think differently about biodiversity

Cassie Freund


Wake Forest University

We know how to fight wildfires effectively. Why don't we do it?

Prescribed burns lessen the damage, but the risk repels lawmakers

Michael Graw

Microbial Ecology

Oregon State University

We know terrifyingly little about how our bodies respond to pollutants, but that's changing

Fish DNA can change in response to pollution. What about the rest of us?

Anna Robuck

Marine Ecology

University of Rhode Island

What modern conservationists can learn from humanity's long history with rainforests

There's a growing body of evidence that humans have been modifying tropical forests for over 40,000 years

Cassie Freund


Wake Forest University

Feeding the world as the climate changes will depend on genetic engineering

CRISPR and other tech could help us produce more food, but only if we drop the GMO stigma

Jackie Grimm

Molecular Biology

Princeton University

Some good news: peatlands might help store more carbon as temperatures rise

Don't drain these swamps

Becky Parker

Environmental Science

Nova Scotia Nature Trust

Want to know where hard-to-find squid live? Ask their predators

Look, sometimes you need to "offload water" from a giant albatross...for science

Rebecca Flynn

Environmental Science

University of Rhode Island

How stressed-out fish are teaching us about human heart disease

Farmed fish and office-bound humans face a common problem

Kelsey Lucas

Physiology, Marine Biology, and Ecology

Harvard University

We've poured thousands of manmade chemicals into the ocean. Now they're mixing in unpredictable ways.

We're just starting to learn about the effects of POP soup and what we can do about it.

Anna Robuck

Marine Ecology

University of Rhode Island

Seagrass meadows protect fish, coral and humans from disease – and we’re losing them

This seemingly mundane plant might be more important than we realize.

Megan Chen

Marine Biology

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Conservationists can't tackle all of the ocean's problems at once, so scientists are helping them triage

The ocean contains many vulnerable ecosystems that need protecting.Β So where should we start?

Abrahim El Gamal

Marine Chemical Biology

Scripps Institution of Oceanography