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.
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.