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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.