Collecting Hawaiian Happy Face Spiders (Theridion grallator) and several species of Tetragnatha in one of the Kipukas —native forests surrounded by lava fields—on the Kaumana trail.
Big Island, Hawai'i.
Photo: Darko Cotoras
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.
Specimens from the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology have helped IB scientists discover that the genes that determine the size of your front teeth are different from those that determine the size of your back teeth—a step towards figuring out how nature makes teeth and how we might be able to use this in the dentist's office.
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.
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.
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
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.