Tropical forests are renowned for their biodiversity, but little is known about the microbes. A vast array of fungi & bacteria live inside every leaf, without harming the host plant. These "endophytes" likely play an important ecological role, and their metabolites offer an untapped pharmacological resource.
IB Grad Student Maya deVries snorkeling at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia in search of mantis shrimp. Over 30 species of mantis shrimp call Lizard Island home, which makes this place great for studying mantis shrimp feeding behavior.
Photo: Erica Staaterman
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 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.