Ecology

Amelia Wolf walking through a field of flowers and a mountain scenery behind her.

Amelia Wolf in the California field she used to study what effect diversity loss would have on the remaining plants.

Gardeners and nature lovers have noticed that plants are flowering earlier every year—a phenomenon generally attributed to climate change.

A new study indicates that the number of plant and animal species at risk of extinction may be considerably higher than previously thought. A team of researchers, however, believe they’ve come up with a formula that will help paint a more accurate picture.

While some of her friends spent the summer working in retail, Sylvia Pericles, a Staten Island high school student, was ankle-deep in a marsh in Piermont, N.Y. Some days were filled with the hard manual labor of chopping down an invasive reed that was overtaking the wetland.