Tuesday, June 11, 2019

To find out how invading predators change an ecosystem, watch their prey

Researchers study predator-prey relationships in the Bahamas to understand changes in ecosystems

Lizard species studied: curly-tailed lizard (left), green anole (top) and brown anole (right).

By Research News

Invading predators can devastate an ecosystem. In fact, a leading cause of extinction is the introduction of predators into an isolated place like an island or a lake.

The destruction is usually blamed on the predator’s eating choices, but sometimes the key is the prey animals’ responses, according to a team of researchers led by ecologist Robert Pringle at Princeton University and colleagues at the University of Florida and other institutions.  Read more >>