Frontiers is accepting submissions for our cool new series, launched in March 2015, entitled Natural History Notes. Each open access article showcases the natural history of an organism – its morphology and behavior, their habitats, or its roles in food webs and ecosystems. Each entry in the series consists of one or two striking photos, along with a short essay explaining the scientific “story” behind the photos.
Cover picture: Certain types of vegetation can build and anchor natural dunes, creating more resilient coasts and guarding human structures from storm-related damage. When rapid erosion threatened the historic brick lighthouse at North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras, the National Park Service first tried to stabilize it by constructing rock groins. However, the dynamic shoreline simply shifted around these static structures, so the 4830-ton sentinel was eventually moved behind the vegetated sand dunes for protection. MORE
Central photo: mdulieu/www.iStockphoto.com
Background photo: US National Park Service