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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.  

Nature Can Reduce Pesticide Use, Environmental Impact
Nature Can Reduce Pesticide Use, Environmental Impact

Farmers around the world are turning to nature to help them reduce pesticide use, environmental impact and, subsequently, and in some cases, increasing yields. Specifically, they’re attracting birds and other vertebrates, which keep pests and other invasive species away from their crops. A study led by Catherine Lindell showcases some of the best global examples.

By Layne Cameron, Catherine Lindell
The Man Who Bottled Evolution
The Man Who Bottled Evolution

Richard Lenski's long-term evolution experiment is considered one of the world's longest-running science experiments. The experiment demonstrates that evolution occurs, is ever-present, and never stops. Insights from his research can lead to new ways to understand, prevent, and perhaps better treat diseases.

It's the Winter of the Snowy Owl in Mid-Michigan
It's the Winter of the Snowy Owl in Mid-Michigan

This winter, numerous snowy owls have been spotted in the Lansing area. The most recent reported spotting was by Pam Rasmussen.

Bonnie McGill Chosen for Smith Conservation Fellow
Bonnie McGill Chosen for Smith Conservation Fellow

KBS & IBIO graduate student, Bonnie McGill, has been selected for a highly competitive postdoctoral research fellowship, which will begin in May following her graduation from MSU. McGill will be studying how nutrients move through agricultural watersheds in Iowa as part of the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship program, which chooses only 4 or 5 applicants each year nationally.

By Bethany Bohlen
Nick Haddad and Erica Henry Secure Grant to Study Effects of Multiple Disturbances on Endangered Butterfly
Nick Haddad and Erica Henry Secure Grant to Study Effects of Multiple Disturbances on Endangered Butterfly

Under normal conditions, the butterfly needs severe disturbance, such as fire or dense tree removal, to maintain its habitat and food source. The devastating hurricane in southern Florida created a second disturbance. Nick Haddad and Erica Henry have been awarded a grant to study whether these two disturbances create an even better habit and increase butterfly numbers or eliminate butterflies altogether.

Open Letter to the College
Open Letter to the College

College of Natural Science's Interim Dean, Cheryl Sisk, has drafted a letter in response to recent events related to Michigan State University.

Protecting Piping Plovers
Protecting Piping Plovers

Visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are often treated to tiny scurrying beachcombers – piping plovers. Future visitors, however, could see fewer of these celebrated shorebirds. A study conducted by the Zipkin Lab revealed that the endangered shorebird population could decline over the next 10 years if additional conservation efforts are not taken.

Ecologist to Play Role in Large-Scale Seabird Study
Ecologist to Play Role in Large-Scale Seabird Study

Elise Zipkin will play a lead role in the model development of aerial seabird data for the Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species. The study area spans the coast from the Texas-Mexico border down to the tip of Florida.

Heavy Nitrogen Molecules Reveal Planetary-Scale Tug-of-War
Heavy Nitrogen Molecules Reveal Planetary-Scale Tug-of-War

Researchers from Rice University, UCLA, Michigan State, and the University of New Mexico have discovered a planetary-scale tug-of-war between life, deep Earth and the upper atmosphere that is expressed in atmospheric nitrogen. The research appears in Science Advances.

Teaching Machines to Teach Themselves
Teaching Machines to Teach Themselves

For future machines to be as smart as we are, they'll need to be able to learn like we do. Arend Hindze's lab has added a new method to the field of machine learning.

Kestrels Thrive in Cherry Orchards, and Return Favor
Kestrels Thrive in Cherry Orchards, and Return Favor

New homes may help save a declining bird species, the American kestrel, and, at the same time, protect economically vital cherry crops from orchard-damaging enemies.

Alumna, Clara Leopard, Becomes Rhode Scholar
Alumna, Clara Leopard, Becomes Rhode Scholar

Recent Zoology alumna, Clara Lepard, is a recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a doctorate at the University of Oxford.

Jeanette McGuire Recognized for Teaching Excellence
Jeanette McGuire Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Jeanette McGuire, is a recipient of the 2017 College of Natural Science Teaching Prize.