Sea star wasting unusually high at Haystack Rock

A wasting disease is again plaguing sea stars at Haystack Rock -- and it's not clear why. Sarah Gravem offers insights.

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Another danger sign for coral reefs: Substitute symbiont falls short

Virginia Weis, Eli Meyer, Cammie Crowder and collaborators found that a substitute and more heat-tolerant symbiont, S. trenchii, will not likely provide a beneficial partnership for coral. 

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Congratulations to Sally Hacker on being elected Fellow of AAAS

Sally Hacker was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of her outstanding contributions to science and scientific leadership.

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Because diversity matters: Science students attend 2017 SACNAS conference

Biology major Mamo Waianuhea was among College of Science students attending the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) national conference in Salt Lake City in October. She also presented a poster showcasing her research.

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The Ocean’s Low-Oxygen Dead Zones Are Getting Worse, Just Like Wildfires

By all accounts, 2017 shaped up to be a bad year for ocean hypoxia according to Francis Chan. He's been studying these "dead zones" for many years.

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Scientists to Granting Agencies: ‘Transformative’ Research Unrealistic to Predict

Sarah Gravem is lead author on a paper published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution. She takes aim at government funding procedures that require scientists to state at the proposal stage how their projects will be "transformative."

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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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