Todd Dawson focuses on how plants from different ecosystems respond ecologically and physiologically to climatic changes. Using field and greenhouse investigations, analysis of isotope composition of tree-ring cellulose and modeling they'll provide the science needed to guide solution-based management and policy decisions.
Emily Lindsey working in her field site in SW Ecuador. Emily is studying the extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna. The bones pictured are a femur, tibia-fibula and other bone fragments of giant sloths ~10,000-40,000 years old.
Tropical forests are renowned for their biodiversity, but little is known about the microbes. A vast array of fungi & bacteria live inside every leaf, without harming the host plant. These "endophytes" likely play an important ecological role, and their metabolites offer an untapped pharmacological resource.
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
Sky lupines (Lupinus nanus) are a common spring resident of California annual grasslands. Lupines add nitrogen to the soil through their mutually beneficial symbiosis with root-nodulating rhizobium bacteria.
Roy Caldwell, Professor of Integrative Biology, studies the behavior and sensory ecology of these pugnacious denizens of the reef. Stomatopods, or mantis shrimps as they are commonly known, are marine predators found in most of the world's shallow seas.
Photo: Roy Caldwell
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.