Nick Gotelli, University of Vermont (image) University of Vermont Caption Where will we find the causes of declining ecosystems? University of Vermont ecologist Nick Gotelli and his colleagues examined 6.1 million records covering 35,613 species -- from Arctic tundra to the South Seas, including mammals, birds, fish, invertebrates and plants -- expecting to find many places with species counts in freefall. Instead, they discovered something unexpected: a kind of rapid global species mash-up, as they report in the journal Science. Credit Joshua Brown, University of Vermont Usage Restrictions with associated story Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.