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.
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
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.
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.
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.