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Grant Proposals from the Lindell Lab Soar
Grant Proposals from the Lindell Lab Soar

Catherine Lindell and Megan Shave have received two new grants to support ongoing research in the Lindell Lab at Michigan State University. The Lindell Lab investigates the roles of birds in ecological functions and ecosystem services. 

Grant to Help Increase Biofuel Yield While Limiting Fertilizer Use
Grant to Help Increase Biofuel Yield While Limiting Fertilizer Use

Sarah Evans and a team of MSU colleagues have earned a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better understand how biofuel crops acquire nitrogen, insights that could help maximize yields while minimizing fertilizer use. They will study how plants interact with microbes living near their roots to obtain nutrients, especially biofuel crops growing in abandoned farmlands, or marginal lands.

Making an Impact
Making an Impact

For a combined 105 years, Richard and Renate Snider have been at MSU studying “little animals.” To ensure that their work and the work of others will endure, they have made a $1 million planned gift.

Kay Holekamp Earns Prestigious Honor
Kay Holekamp Earns Prestigious Honor

Kay Holekamp, a world-renowned hyena researcher, has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is one of 197 new members. According to AAAS, “They include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, business, and philanthropic leaders.” Past inductees include Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

International Team Discovers Elusive New Bird in China
International Team Discovers Elusive New Bird in China

Pam Rasmussen is among a team of researchers who have discovered a new bird, the Sichuan bush warbler, in China. To date, Rasmussen has helped document and scientifically describe ten new species of birds.

Department of Integrative Biology Welcomes Gideon Bradburd
Department of Integrative Biology Welcomes Gideon Bradburd

Gideon Bradburd will join the Department of Integrative Biology as a new faculty member in Fall 2016. Gideon's research is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of genetic variation. 

Single Moms to Communal Living: Department Alumna Probes Evolution of Bees
Single Moms to Communal Living: Department Alumna Probes Evolution of Bees

Alumna, Karen Kapheim, leads NIH-funded study published in Science.

Graduate Student Sean Williams leads bird team in the Peruvian Amazon on Global Big Day
Graduate Student Sean Williams leads bird team in the Peruvian Amazon on Global Big Day

Ph.D. Candidate, Sean Williams, shares his experience at Los Amigos Biological Station in the Peruvian Amazon participating in the Global Big Day, an effort led by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology to tally half of the world’s bird species in a single day to benefit bird conservation.

It's Best to Make Friends of Friends: Even Spotted Hyenas Know That
It's Best to Make Friends of Friends: Even Spotted Hyenas Know That

Bonding with a friend of a friend is something most humans gravitate toward naturally, or at least Facebook likes to think so every time it suggests friends for you to “friend.” But a certain four-legged predator, the spotted hyena, seems to know the benefits of this type of social bonding instinctively, according to a new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis that considers the structural factors affecting the social network of these animals.

2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Award Winners
2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Award Winners

Each spring the Department of Integrative Biology recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who have won department, college, university, and extramural awards. Congratulations to all our 2015 award winners!

For an Octopus, Seeing the Light Doesn't Require Eyes
For an Octopus, Seeing the Light Doesn't Require Eyes

The research of alumnus, Des Rameriz, was highlighted in a recent New York Times Article. Rameriz completed a M.S. in Zoology in the Dyer Lab. He is currently a graduate student in the lab of Todd Oakley, Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Mongabay: Proposed Andean Headwater Dams an Ecological Calamity for Amazon Basin
Mongabay: Proposed Andean Headwater Dams an Ecological Calamity for Amazon Basin

Steve Hamilton and his former PhD student, Jorge Celi, were quoted in a recent report written by Liz Bimbrough for Mongabay.org. 

Kateri Salk: Little Fish Girl Grown Up
Kateri Salk: Little Fish Girl Grown Up

Kateri Salk, a graduate student in the Ostrom Lab, was recently featured on MSU 360 Perspective.

Rose Water Fellowship Awardee Named
Rose Water Fellowship Awardee Named

Graduate student, Kateri Salk, has been awarded The Rose Water Fellowship. The award, endowed by Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in water research at MSU, is awarded to graduate level scientists seeking to advance the field of water science.

BEACON Researchers at Work: An Adventure in Thailand
BEACON Researchers at Work: An Adventure in Thailand

Eben Gering describes his recent research expedition in Thailand with a French film crew.

Sarah Fitzpatrick Co-Recipient of Outstanding Student Presentation Award
Sarah Fitzpatrick Co-Recipient of Outstanding Student Presentation Award

Sarah Fitzpatrick, a research associate in the Mittelbach Lab at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Field Station, was presented the W.D. Hamilton Award for best student paper at the Society for the Study of Evolution conference.

MSU Professor Named Ecological Society of America Fellow
MSU Professor Named Ecological Society of America Fellow

Gary Mittelbach has been named a 2015 fellow of the Ecological Society of America.

New Ecosystem Evolves in the Long-term Experimental Evolution Project
New Ecosystem Evolves in the Long-term Experimental Evolution Project

The Lenski Lab at Michigan State University is home to the famous Long-term Experimental Evolution Project. Caroline Turner, Richard Lenski, and colleagues recently published a pre-print about an exciting new finding from the project.

Spartans Invest in Uganda's Conservation Future
Spartans Invest in Uganda's Conservation Future

Spartans lead effort to expand school in Uganda to honor late wildlife researcher and guide.