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
Another example of graduate student research—this damselfly (Zygoptera) was photographed in Monteverde, Costa Rica on a field work expedition for a tropical biology course. Seth Kauppinen is studying the ecology of symbiosis between Amazonian trees and leaf-inhabiting fungi.
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
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.