Graduate News

Bee Sensor courtesy of Jacob Peters

How Honey Bees Keep the Hive Cool on Hot Days

February 5, 2019

Postdoc, Jacob Peters (PhD '18) and Prof. L. Mahadevan have developed a framework that explains how bees use environmental signals to collectively cluster and continuously ventilate the hive. The study published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface looked at European honey bees (Apis mellifera), which live in large congested nest cavities with a single opening that limits...

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Golden Jackal by Koshy Koshy on Flickr

Rise of the Golden Jackal

January 14, 2019

PhD student, Nathan Ranc (Moorcroft Lab) studies wildlife movement ecology. Nathan's work - supported by the Edmund Mach Foundation in Italy - follows the staggering expansion of the golden jackal. Ranc and Miha Krofel, a conservation biologist at the University of Ljubljana, lead 37 volunteers — scientists and naturalists — in monitoring the golden jackal throughout Europe. Ranc and Krofel's research was recently covered by the ...

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Derek Bok Center

Spring 2018 Derek Bok Certificate of Distinction in Teaching

September 19, 2018

Congratulations to OEB graduate students, postdocs and associates awarded the spring 2018 Derek Bok Certificate of Distinction in Teaching!

Graduate Students: Izzy Baker (MCB 64), Meghan Blumstein (OEB 50), Liming Cai (OEB 103), Blake Dickson (OEB 217R), Nathan Edelman (OEB 230), Morgan Furze (OEB 52), Phillip Grayson (OEB 50), Nicholas Herrmann (OEB 57), Miriam Johnston (OEB 157), Vanessa Knutson (OEB 51), Mara Laslo (OEB 167), Avantika Mainieri (OEB 57), Anju Manandhar (ESPP 90Y), Ya Min (OEB 52), Sofia Prado-Irwin (OEB 167), Jonathan Schmitt (OEB 190...

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Everyone loves spring! by Percita on Flickr

How Clumps of Honeybees Survive Wind

September 17, 2018

L. Mahadevan and PhD students, Jacob Peters ('18) and Mary Salcedo (Mahadevan Lab) teamed with Prof. Orit Peleg, Colorado University-Boulder, to research the collective mechanical adaptation in honeybee swarms. The study, published in Nature Physics, shows the swarm of bees act as a superorganism that responds to physical stress by changing shape. Using both physical experiments and computer modeling, the team showed that the inverted cone...

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Leonora Bittleston traveled to Borneo to collect pitcher plant liquid for her studies, like those from the Veitch’s pitcher-plant here. PHOTO COURTESY OF LEONORA BITTLESTON

An Ocean Apart, Carnivorous Pitcher Plants Create Similar Communities

August 28, 2018

As a graduate student in Naomi Pierce's lab, Leonora Bittleston (PhD '17) traveled to Nepenthes Camp in the Maliau Basin, an elevated conservation area in Malaysian Borneo with a rich, isolated rainforest ecosystem, to collect pitcher plants. The carnivorous pitcher plants trap, drown and digest their animal prey to supplement nutrient-poor soils. Bittleston collected samples of the liquid inside the pitchers to compare to pitcher plants in Massachusetts and along the Gulf Coast. Though unrelated, both plant families had similar adaptations for trapping prey and are a perfect...

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Jasmin Camacho

Jasmin Camacho Awarded the 2018 AAUW Fellowship

July 17, 2018

Congratulations to Jasmin Camacho (Hoekstra Lab) awarded the American Association of University Women (AAUW) 2018 American Fellowship for her project, "Developmental, Cellular, and Genetic Mechanisms Underlying Striking Craniofacial Variation in New World Leaf-Nosed Bats." The AAUW is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls, supporting women scholars since...

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Platyrrhinus helleri bat in The Chucantí Nature Reserve, in Serranía de Majé

Bats, Flies on Bats and the Fungi That Feeds on the Flies!

April 13, 2018

During a fieldtrip to Panama last summer, PhD student Danny Haelewaters (Pfister Lab) worked with a team of six researchers -- including PhD student Jasmin Camacho (Hoekstra Lab) -- to capture bats using mistnets for seven subsequent nights in a cloud-forested reserve in Darien, Panama. The team captured 227 bats representing 17 species to study the bat's parasitic associations. Their findings, published in...

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