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. Read more about The Genetic Basis of Parental Care
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. Read more about The Giribet Lab Sheds Light on The Opiliones Tree of Life
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.Read more about David Des Marais Awarded DOE's Joint Genome Institute Grant
Postdoctoral Fellow, Taro Nakamura and Cassandra Extavour's newest study in Development upends the historical view of maternal inheritance as the most common method for creating germ cells, and finds a number of animals use a cell-to-cell signaling mechanism to trigger the production of germ cells. Full Story.