Birds have highly mobile necks, but the details and evolution of the complex musculoskeletal system is not well-understood. A new study in Frontiers in Zoology led by postdoc, Robert Kambic (S. Pierce Lab), and professors Stephanie Pierce and Andrew Biewener, uses biplanar X-rays on wild turkeys to evaluate the
Why are some mice and people monogamous? And, why are monogamous fathers better at parenting? In a study led by Hopi Hoekstra and postdocs, Andrés Bendesky and Jean-Marc Lassance, the answer points to a genetic basis for parental care in monogamous parents that can elvolve independently in males and females. The study published in the latest issue of
Postdocs, Rosa Fernandez and Ana Lucia Tourinho, former graduate student, Prashant P. Sharma and Gonzalo Giribet used transcriptomics on the broadest taxonomic sampling to shed light on the harvestmen (Opiliones) interrelationships. As well, they pieced together an overview of the general biogeographic patterns of the ancient arthropod group that dates back at least to the times of Pangea. Their study was published in the recent issue of
Hopi Hoekstra and lab members, Heidi Fisher (former postdoc), Emily Jacobs-Palmer (former graduate student) and Jean-Marc Lassance's (research associate) new study in Nature Communcations, compares two closely related species, the deer mouse (peromyscus maniculatus) and the oldfield mouse (P. polionotus), and finds the promiscuous deer mouse has a gene that makes their sperm faster
Postdoctoral Fellow, Gerard Talavera (Naomi Pierce Lab) has published his discovery of mass migration and breeding of the painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) between Europe and central Africa in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.
David Des Marais (OEB Research Associate and Senior Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum) has been awarded a grant from the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute to investigate the genetic basis of annual and perennial strategies in plants. David will lead a team of scientists from University of Wisconsin, the University of Vermont, Michigan State University, and the University of Zaragosa (Spain). The team will work with several species in the grass genus Brachpodium growing in the Arnold Arboretum's Weld Hill Research building.
Postdoc, Valentina Di Santo (Lauder Lab), George Lauder and L. Mahadevan are part of a team of researchers, led by Kevin Kit Parker (SEAS), that created a tiny robot stingray made from gold and rat hearts. The development of the robot ray is the featured cover story in Science Magazine. You can read more about the amazing robot