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
Studying the hairy toes of geckos has provided biological inspiration for the design of the first Lego robot to climb on smooth surfaces. Robert Full's Poly-PEDAL Lab explores the capabilities of many-footed animals—research has provided biological inspiration for the design of this multi-legged robot.
Photo by: Pauline Jennings
This salamander (Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthoptica), with orange skin and bright yellow eyes, is a mimic of the Western Newt (Taricha sp.), a poisonous species that lives in the same habitat with Ensatina around the Bay Area.
Photo: Yu Zeng
Female Greater Blue-Ringed octopus, Hapalochlaena lunulata is carrying her eggs. Blue-rings are known for their toxin (tetrodotoxin) and can be turned on or off as a warning. This tiny octopus (the size of a grape) contains enough TTX to kill several adult humans.
Photo: Roy Caldwell
IB Grad Student Maya deVries snorkeling at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia in search of mantis shrimp. Over 30 species of mantis shrimp call Lizard Island home, which makes this place great for studying mantis shrimp feeding behavior.
Photo: Erica Staaterman
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.
Professor Robert Dudley has published a new book (The Drunken Monkey: Why We Drink and Abuse Alcohol; University of California Press, 2014) that assesses the evolutionary origins of attraction to alcohol. 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.