This tarantula species, a pink-toe tarantula (Avicularia avicularia) in Kourou, French Guiana, is common throughout northern South America, frequently found in dwellings. The coloration reverses around 4-5 years for juvenile specimens: pink bodies with dark-colored feet.
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
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
The Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB) was initially constructed in 1930 and was renovated approximately 60 years later as one of four building projects (Life Sciences Building, Life Sciences Addition, Genetics & Plant Biology Building, North West Animal Facility) undertaken to revitalize the biological sciences on the UC Berkeley Campus.
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.
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.