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Series: Carbon and climate change

ASU researchers are working on new approaches to addressing climate change related to the most abundant human-produced greenhouse gas--carbon dioxide.

Bee-free pollination

More than 100 agricultural crops in the U.S. rely on bees for pollination. But bees are dying off at more then twice the sustainable rate. A team of ASU students has developed an innovative alternative.

Nature by design

Ecologists don’t just work in the wilderness. Urban ecologists at ASU’s CAP LTER are helping us to understand how humans and nature interact in the city, and to maximize the benefits we get from our environment.

Human-nature relationship: “It’s complicated”

As humans impact the environment, the environment impacts us, in turn. ASU researcher Michael Barton studies this complex relationship.

Know & Tell: The deadliest animal

What is the deadliest non-human animal in the world? The answer might surprise you.

Spitting for science

Can making music with other people bond us on a biological level? Researchers at Arizona State University are studying saliva to find out if hormones work in concert among a college marching band.

Sustainable bioreactor

For a long-term energy solution, we need to mimic nature. ASU scientists have developed a bioreactor that uses photosynthesis to grow cyanobacteria for biofuel.

Big insects provide big answers about oxygen

How does an animal's environment affect its evolution? John VandenBrooks is exploring this question in dragonflies and other insects by manipulating their oxygen levels.

Core questions about human evolution

By drilling into ancient lakebeds along Africa's Rift Valley, a multinational team of researchers is investigating how climate change influenced human evolution.

Preserving diversity: ASU collections

Lichens and tiger beetles and birds, oh my! Discover ASU's hidden treasures at the School of Life Sciences Collections.