A new study in Science, led by Shane Campbell-Stanton (Ph.D. '15), with Jonathan Losos and Scott Edwards, offers a rare view of natural selection in the anole lizard due to extreme weather events. As a graduate student, Campbell-Stanton collected DNA in 2013 from lizards in Texas and Oklahoma. Following an unusually harsh winter in 2014, he returned to the field sites to collect new DNA samples. With the before and after
Flowering plants, which arose approximately 140 million years ago, are the most diverse group of plants on Earth. The evolution of these plants and why so diverse is a biology mystery. OEB Ph.D. student, Kristel Schoonderwoerd (Friedman Lab) is part of an international effort, the eFLOWER Project, which aims to reconstruct the evolution of flowers. The study in Nature Communications, reveals insight into the
Stephanie Pierce and lab members are at Blue Beach Fossil Museum in Hantsport Nova Scotia searching for fossils from the lower carboniferous rock period. Carboniferous rocks help fill in "Romer's Gap", the period of time that explains the evolution of tetrapods from fish 360 million years ago. Outside of Nova Scotia, carboniferous fossils haven't been located anywhere else except Scotland.
A study led by Thomas Powell (Moorcroft Lab), former OEB PhD student, James Wheeler (Holbrook Lab) and Paul Moorcroft examined the unknown effects of drought tolerance among mature Amazon rainforest trees. The study found the differences in xylem and leaf hydraulic traits not only explained the differences in drought tolerance among mature Amazon rainforest trees, but are
Congratulations to Min Ya (Kramer Lab) and Danny Haelewaters (Pfister Lab) recipients of the 2017 Les Mehrhoff Botanical Research Fund! The Fund, established by the New England Botanical Club in memory of renowned botanist, Dr. Leslie J. Mehrhoff supports botanical endeavors of the sort that Les championed: field studies, herbarium, library, and archival research. Ya and Haelewaters were awarded for thier
Congratulations to OEB graduate students Tauana Cunha (Giribet Lab), "Integrative Research in Gastropods: Phylogeny and Shell Shape Evolution", Mara Laslo (Hanken Lab), "Evaluating the Role of Thyroid Hormone in Embryonic Limb Development in Direct-Developing Frogs", Brianna McHorse (Biewener Lab), "Macroevolutionary Drivers of Digit Reduction in Fossil Horses'", and Zach Morris (S. Pierce Lab), "The Evolution of