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Tropical Frogs Found to Coexist With Deadly Fungus
Tropical Frogs Found to Coexist With Deadly Fungus

Amphibian biologists watched in horror in 2004 as the frogs of El Copé, Panama, began dying by the thousands because of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, a deadly fungus more commonly known as chytrid. A new study suggests that, within a decade, the species remaining in El Copé developed the ability to coexist with chytrid fungus. 

Diving into a Summer at the Florida Aquarium
Diving into a Summer at the Florida Aquarium

Maris Wright's summer at the Florida Aquarium was an experience that she will never be able to forget. As one of the first interns for the Marine Operations department at the aquarium, she was excited to see what they had planned for me throughout the summer and to really get her feet wet.

Elena Litchman Awarded Grant to to Study Phytoplankton Traits
Elena Litchman Awarded Grant to to Study Phytoplankton Traits

Elena Litchman is leading a three-year, $993,000 project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) in collaboration with faculty at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). The project aims to investigate and to predict intraspecific trait variation in phytoplankton. 

Ally Brown: My Summer as an Undergraduate Research Apprentice at the Kellogg Biological Station
Ally Brown: My Summer as an Undergraduate Research Apprentice at the Kellogg Biological Station

An inside look into why students should spend a summer at KBS.

New Genetics Tool Helps Answer Evolutionary Questions
New Genetics Tool Helps Answer Evolutionary Questions

Developing cutting-edge statistical tools that can handle these massive new datasets is a piece of the research puzzle, and new research by Gideon Bradburd and colleagues has just added a new tool for the modern genomic toolbox. 

Chelsea Bandy Travels to Thailand and Australia to Work with Elephants and Wildlife
Chelsea Bandy Travels to Thailand and Australia to Work with Elephants and Wildlife

In summer 2018, Zoology major Chelsea Bandy spent a month in Thailand and Australia helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian through the Loop Abroad Program.

Lauren Caramagno: Jaguars, Camera Traps, and Grit
Lauren Caramagno: Jaguars, Camera Traps, and Grit

With the help of a graduate student, Lauren designed a research study to be conducted in the Pantanal region of Brazil, but she lacked the funds to finance the project. Determined to capture wildlife on camera traps and use this data to define a sustainability plan, she applied for numerous scholarships. She was awarded Integrative Biology's Dr. Marvin Hensley Endowed Scholarship to make her dream a reality.

Evolutionary Lessons From an Ancient Fish
Evolutionary Lessons From an Ancient Fish

At the August MSU Board of Trustee meeting, Ingo Braasch explained what fish can tell us about our evolution, development, and diseases.

Moving Forward in the Dark: Sean Griffin and His Bees
Moving Forward in the Dark: Sean Griffin and His Bees

Science is often a series of failures that teach us how to succeed. After a first field season riddled with messes, graduate student Sean Griffin is making a beeline toward his research on pollinators in his second year of field work.

Shedding Light on Fog's Role in Microbial Transport
Shedding Light on Fog's Role in Microbial Transport

Sarah Evans is a co-author of a new study which suggests that fog can transfer microbes into new environments.

Modeling the Evolutionary Emergence of Diverse Microbial Metabolisms
Modeling the Evolutionary Emergence of Diverse Microbial Metabolisms

Elena Litchman and Christopher Klausmeier are the recipients of a two year, $360,000 NASA Astrobiology/Exobiology grant to fund research on modeling the evolutionary origin of diverse microbial metabolisms.

Amphibians Face Many Challenges in Brazilian Rain Forest
Amphibians Face Many Challenges in Brazilian Rain Forest

Deforestation remains the biggest threat to animals that call the rain forest “home.” However, even measured, sensible development projects can have unforeseen effects because there’s no model to follow. Now, thanks to new research published in Ecological Applications, there’s a guide to help land-use development and efforts to conserve amphibians, which are rapidly declining worldwide.

Butterflies in the Storm
Butterflies in the Storm

Scientists, including Nick Haddad, are working to save several species of butterflies from the brink of extinction. 

 

 

Fish's Use of Electricity Might Shed Light on Human Illnesses
Fish's Use of Electricity Might Shed Light on Human Illnesses

Scientists have found that the evolutionary trick some fish use to make brief electrical discharges could provide new insights on treatments for diseases such as epilepsy. 

Pat Muzzall Retires After 39 Years at MSU
Pat Muzzall Retires After 39 Years at MSU

Patrick “Pat” Muzzall retired in May 2018. He is a respected parasitologist, working primarily with the parasites of fish and amphibians. Pat was heavily involved in undergraduate education, primarily teaching general biology and parasitology.

Lifting the Economy on Falcons' Wings
Lifting the Economy on Falcons' Wings

What can help boost Michigan’s economy? American kestrels. In a recent study, the Lindell Lab shows that America’s smallest raptor can boost Michigan’s – and other fruit-growing states’ – bottom lines.

'Hyena Scientist' Book Features Kay Holekamp
'Hyena Scientist' Book Features Kay Holekamp

The new book, Hyena Scientist, is a new addition to the “Scientist in the Field” series by author Sy Montgomery and photographer Nic Bishop that debunks myths about hyenas, while featuring the pioneering research of Kay Holekamp.

Student-Led Research Highlighted at Board of Trustees Meeting
Student-Led Research Highlighted at Board of Trustees Meeting

To showcase the latest in student-led research at Michigan State University, two scholars, including alumna Clara Lepard, presented their academic endeavors at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 13.

Fulbright Scholar Studies Bees in India
Fulbright Scholar Studies Bees in India

Doctoral student, Allison Young, will spend nine months in India as a Fulbright Scholar investigating some of the most vastly understudied and critically important species for the pollination of both agricultural and wild plants—tropical honey bees.

Zoology Major, Lauren Pepper, Earns Spot in Big Debate
Zoology Major, Lauren Pepper, Earns Spot in Big Debate

Lauren Pepper, a senior Zoology major, is part of two pairs of students on the MSU Debate Team who will compete in the 72nd annual National Debate Tournament. Pepper and teammate Alex Brown, a sophomore majoring in social relations and policy in James Madison College, will represent MSU at the tournament, marking the 22nd consecutive season that the university has qualified for the national competition.