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.
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.
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
Rana margaretae is a part of an amphibian community formed by six species living in or around the same stream. The microhabitats vary between these species, and the available resources is partitioned and consumed differently. Tadpoles of the different species forage and graze differently.
IB Grad student Yu Zheng (Wake and Dudley Labs) captured a photo of a Pope's Pit Viper (Trimeresurus popeiorum), at night on a fieldtrip on Genting Highland, Malaysia. This is a venomous species that widely distributes over SE Asia.
Photo: Yu Zheng
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.