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Is It Possible to Replay the Tape of Life?
Is It Possible to Replay the Tape of Life?

How predictable is evolution? The answer has long been debated by biologists grappling with the extent to which history affects the repeatability of evolution. A review published in Science explores the complexity of evolution’s predictability in extraordinary detail. 

Lenski Elected to the American Philosophical Society
Lenski Elected to the American Philosophical Society

Richard Lenski was inducted into the American Philosophical Society — the oldest "learned society" in the United States — on Nov. 9, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On the Power of Observation
On the Power of Oberservation

Wissam Jawad recounts tales and makes connections about his experiences at biological field stations around the world.

Paige Barnes: My Summer at the San Diego Zoo
Paige Barnes: My Summer at the San Diego Zoo

Paige Barne's summer internship at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research reaffirmed her commitment to animal behavior research.

Evolution Is at Work in Computers as Well as Life Sciences
Evolution Is at Work in Computers as Well as Life Sciences

Arend Hintze reflects on how useful biological concepts, such as evolution, are for engineering problems in an article he wrote for The Conversation. His research uses evolution as an approach to developing artificial intelligence. 

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.