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He cultivates the campus’s ‘urban forest’ with an eye on the future.

It is a sticky, tropical day in August, making the Boston campus feel like an open-air blast furnace. Good thing Northeastern has nearly 1,500 trees to absorb some of the heat, or it could feel a lot worse, says Stephen Schneider, the university’s new chief arborist. “One of the more beneficial aspects of this urban […]
August 27, 2021

If we don’t halt climate change, the world’s oceans may never be the same.

The vast majority of the world’s oceans may never be the same if humanity doesn’t curb our carbon emissions. As much as 95% of the climates in the surface ocean that exist today could completely disappear within 80 years, according to new research led by Katie Lotterhos, associate professor of marine and environmental sciences at […]
August 27, 2021

How termites deal with disease provides insights in the era of COVID-19

Rebeca Rosengaus, an associate professor and behavioral ecologist at Northeastern, explores the social behavior of termites, including how they care for their colony and communicate when they’re infected, fascinating evolutionary adaptations that are especially relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more on [email protected]
July 08, 2021
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For ideas about fighting pandemics, look to termites and ants

Social insects like termites and ants have evolved many methods to combat disease. What can we learn from them in fighting human pandemics? A lot, says Rebeca Rosengaus, an associate professor and behavioral ecologist at Northeastern. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
June 01, 2021