Garter Snakes Used to Be All Over Portland. Where Did They Go?

We may not see many garter snakes in big cities, but Bob Mason says they're doing fine in the grand scheme of things.

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Three Oregon State University researchers earn rank of AAAS fellow

David Maddison was selected for his work in phylogenetic systematics, "including software tools that revolutionize how phylogenetics are studied, and advances in beetle evolutionary biology." Congratulations, David!

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OSU study: Blood-sucking flies around 100 million years

George Poinar has found insects in amber from five regions around the world carrying preserved, identifiable pathogens and parasites.

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Brian Tanis wins Wood Award from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

The Wood Student Research Award recognizes outstanding contributions for collections-based research on vertebrate evolution. Brian received his award at the 78th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Albuquerque, New Mexico in October. Congratulations, Brian!

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TEDxSGH "How the fruit fly helped to understand your biological clock"

Listen to Jaga Giebultowicz present her TEDx talk on understanding our night/day rhythms.

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Oregon Now Has A Hypoxia Season, Just Like A Wildfire Season

"Every summer we live on the knife's edge and during many years we cross the threshold into danger -- including the past two years. When oxygen levels get low enough, many marine organisms who are place-bound, or cannot move away rapidly enough, die of oxygen starvation," said Francis Chan.

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Two IB researchers receive NSF postdoctoral fellowships

Congratulations to Allie Graham and John Sproul on receiving prestigious NSF postdoctoral fellowships!

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OSU scientists: Those fragrances you enjoy? Dinosaurs liked them first

George Poinar has found evidence that floral scents likely originated in primitive flowers up to 100 million years ago to lure potential pollinators.

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Size the main factor in predicting how calcifying organisms will respond to ocean acidification

While completing her PhD in the Department of Integrative Biology, Allison Barner discovered that "organismal size is the best predictor of an individual's physiological performance under acidified conditions."

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We've Only Really Protected 2 Percent of the Ocean

"We need blue parks as well -- highly and fully protected areas in the ocean," said Jane Lubchenco.

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