Another example of graduate student research—this damselfly (Zygoptera) was photographed in Monteverde, Costa Rica on a field work expedition for a tropical biology course. Seth Kauppinen is studying the ecology of symbiosis between Amazonian trees and leaf-inhabiting fungi.
This butterfly was photographed in French Guiana, where some of the oldest soils on earth support a diversity of endemic life forms. IB grad student Seth Kauppinen works in the Fine Lab where researchers investigate the origin and maintenance of tropical tree diversity.
IB Grad student Brian Swartz (Padian Lab) examining vertically uplifted fossil tetrapod footprints in Utah. Next photo: Brian studying Acanthostega gunnari, the first known digit-bearing vertebrate (~360 million years old), at the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology.
Like octopus and cuttlefish, cephalopods are masters of camouflage quickly changing color, texture and shape to match their environment. Here, a small octopus from Moorea morphs from a form that conceals it amongst corals to a smoother, lighter version as it jets away over white sand.
Rana margaretae is a part of an amphibian community formed by six species living in or around the same stream. The microhabitats vary between these species, and the available resources is partitioned and consumed differently. Tadpoles of the different species forage and graze differently.
IB Grad student Yu Zheng (Wake and Dudley Labs) captured a photo of a Pope's Pit Viper (Trimeresurus popeiorum), at night on a fieldtrip on Genting Highland, Malaysia. This is a venomous species that widely distributes over SE Asia.
Photo: Yu Zheng
Professor Brent Mishler and his research group published a major paper presenting new quantitative methods for assessing patterns of phylogenetic diversity and endemism on the landscape using collection data. Read more...
John L. and Margaret B. Gompertz Professor Montgomery Slatkin has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States.
Jeff Benca's computer rendering of the long-extinct lycopod, Leclercqia scolopendra, and accompanying article has been chosen as the cover of March’s centennial issue of the American Journal of Botany. Bencas is a graduate student in Assistant Professor Cynthia Looy's Lab. Read More
The Department of Integrative Biology (IB) offers Undergradate and Graduate academic programs as well as Faculty Research that focuses on the integration of structure and function that influences the biology, ecology, and evolution of organisms. It investigates integration at all levels of organization from molecules to the biosphere, and in all branches of the tree of life: plants, animals, fungi, and microbes.