2020

Scott Edwards courtesy of James Deshler

Scott Edwards fulfills a lifelong dream while also raising awareness

July 5, 2020

When COVID-19 sent students home and halted lab research, Scott Edwards, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of cycling from the Atlantic to Pacific. Two weeks before his departure on June 6, nationwide protests broke out over the murder of George Floyd by a police officer. On the same day a video of a racist encounter in Central Park involving a Black birder and white woman went viral. As a result of that incident, a group of Black birders and naturalists launched...

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The animals sampled in the analysis. Colors indicates rates of evolution: warm colors high rates and cool colors low rates

Did Adaptive Radiations Shape Reptiles?

July 3, 2020

Some of the most fundamental questions in evolution remain unanswered, such as when and how extremely diverse groups of animals – for example reptiles – first evolved. For 75 years, adaptive radiations – the relatively fast evolution of many species from a single common ancestor – have been considered as the major cause of biological diversity, including the origins of major body plans (structural and developmental characteristics that identify a group of animals) and new lineages. However, past research examining these rapid rates of evolution was largely constrained by the methods...

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Min Ya Awarded GSAS Merit Fellowship

June 30, 2020
Congratulations to PhD Candidate Min Ya (Kramer Lab) awarded the GSAS Merit Fellowship in recognition of her academic talent and promise! 
Ryan Hulett

Ryan Hulett Awarded NIH Fellowship

June 29, 2020

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Ryan Hulett (Srivastava Lab) awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research for his project titled, "Identifying genetic pathways and cellular sources for neural regeneration in adult animals"

The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the...

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Tomographic models of Leanchoilia illecbrosa juveniles from the Cambrian (Stage 3) Chengjiang biota of South China

MicroCT Reveals Detailed Head Morphology of Arthropod, Leanchoilia illecebrosa

June 25, 2020

Javier Ortega-Hernández and Yu Liu, Professor of Paleobiology, Yunnan University, China have collaborated for years in the study of Chengjiang arthropods and their evolutionary significance. Their latest paper in Current Biology shows with unprecedented clarity the head morphology of the species Leanchoilia illecebrosa - a member of...

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Study Supports Key Insights into Fish Locomotion

June 8, 2020

Fish locomotion is characterized by waves of muscle electrical activity that proceed from head to tail, and result in an undulatory pattern of body bending that generates thrust during locomotion. However, isolating and studying these movements in live fishes is difficult and scientists often use robotic models instead. Most robotic fish models are either passive, flapping models that are simple but don't actively swim, or active, hard models that actively swim but take forever to construct. PhD candidate ...

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