Wednesday, February 01, 2012

In the News: Michael E. Dorcas and John D. Willson Share New Findings on Pythons

INVASIVE PYTHONS PYTHONS IN THE UNITED STATES authors Michael E. Dorcas and John D. Willson are part of a new study that was just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Dorcas is the lead author on the paper.) The study has found that the overabundance of Burmese pythons has led to a significant decrease in the number of mammals in the Florida Everglades. The study has drawn much attention from many news outlets over the last couple of days, including USA Today, NPR, BBC, and National Geographic.

For more information on the study's findings, check out some of the news links below. Also, be sure to pick up a copy of INVASIVE PYTHONS IN THE UNITED STATES to learn more about this predator and how it is affecting Florida and the rest of the United States.

Miami Herald: "Pythons likely wiping out Glades mammals, new study finds"
USA Today: "Pythons have stranglehold on Florida Everglades ecosystem"
Associated Press: "Pythons apparently wiping out Everglades mammals"
BBC: "Pythons linked to Florida Everglades mammal decline"
NPR: "Invasive Pythons Put Squeeze On Everglades' Animals"
National Geographic: "Pythons Eating Through Everglades Mammals at 'Astonishing' Rate?"
Washington Post: "In Florida Everglades, pythons and anacondas dominate food chain"
CNN (blog): "Pythons Wiping Out Mammals in Everglades, Researchers Say"
Time (blog): "Invaders: How Burmese Pythons Are Devouring the Everglades"