Biology & Zoology undergrads receive $288,600 in scholarships

Congratulations to the 115 Biology and Zoology undergraduates who received department, college and/or university scholarships totalling $288,600 for the 2017-18 academic year. Awards range from $500 to $8,200 and come from 22 different scholarship funds. We're grateful to the generous donors.

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Kyle Coblentz wins award at recent ESA meeting

Congratulations to Kyle Coblentz (PhD candidate in the Novak Lab) for receiving the E.C. Pielou Award for his talk "Quantifying individual diet specialization using Bayesian hierarchical models" presented at the Ecological Society of America's annual meeting held August 6-11 in Portland, Oregon.

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Exquisite flowers from a prehistoric tree have been discovered preserved in amber

George Poinar has discovered a new species of tree whose flowers were preserved in Burmese amber. He said the flowers were so well preserved "they look like they were just picked from the garden."

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Size matters, and so do temperature and habitat, to scavengers and the carcasses they eat

Erin Abernethy, PhD student in Integrative Biology, is part of a team that analyzed photos to measure scavenger efficiency, species composition, size, habitat type and season. "It's kind of like spying on wildlife," she said.

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Unusual ocean phenomena happening along Oregon coast

Francis Chan has found pH values so low just off the Oregon coast that it's not only difficult for shellfish to build a shell, but it actually dissolves the shell.

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Seafloor survey done for potential offshore renewable energy projects

Sarah Henkel's team conducted surveys on ocean floor sediment, which will help inform offshore energy projects.

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OSU researcher part of $14 million NSF program for improved genomic tools

Coral researcher Virginia Weis is one of eight researchers selected for a new $14 NSF program aimed at helping scientists better understand the relationship between gene function and the physical and functional characteristics of organisms.

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West Coast waters on acid trip; fishing industry in peril

Francis Chan's research shows significant acidification in waters right along the ocean shore. Offshore acidification had been studied before, but with the new study, "we literally took that picture and we moved it all the way to the surf zone," he said.

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Marine reserves can serve as buffer to effects of climate change, study suggests

"Marine reserves cannot halt or completely offset the growing impacts of climate change," Jane Lubchenco said. "But they can make marine ecosystems more resilient to changes and, in some cases, help slow down the rate of climate change."

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Acidified ocean water widespread along North American West Coast

"The threat of ocean acidification is global and though it sometimes seems far away, it is happening here right now on the West Coast of the United States and those waters are already hitting our beaches," said Francis Chan.

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