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
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.
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
Like octopus and cuttlefish, cephalopods are masters of camouflage quickly changing color, texture and shape to match their environment. Here, a small octopus from Moorea morphs from a form that conceals it amongst corals to a smoother, lighter version as it jets away over white sand.
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
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.
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
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
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.