Tracing ‘Rock Snot’ to Native Species (U.S. News & World Report)

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us news logoDartmouth and Canadian scientists have found that the spread of the algae known as “rock snot” appears to be a result of global warming and changing environmental conditions, writes U.S. News & World Report, and it turns for comment to lead researcher Brad Taylor, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Dartmouth.

“Correctly identifying an invasive species as either native or nonnative is important for developing sound policy, management, and scientific research programs because effective responses depend on knowing whether the species’ dominance is caused by ecological or evolutionary novelty, changes in environmental conditions that facilitate it, or both,” Taylor says.

Read the full story, published 5/8/14 by U.S. News & World Report.