Washington Post Highlights Prof. ter Hofstede's Study

Prof. ter Hofstede's paper "Sensory-based niche partitioning in a multiple predator - multiple prey community" was featured in the Washington Post.  The study published in the June 7, 2015 The Royal Society Proceedings B, looked at four species of gleaning bats and found that each species preferred different acoustic features in 12 prey species of katydids.  These findings may provide insight into the evolution of prey signal evolution. 

Maria Hindt Receives Croasdale Award

Maria Hindt, Ph.D. received the Croasdale Award from the Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr.  Jon Kull, for her exemplary scholarship as a graduate student.  As a member of  in Prof. Mary Lou Guerinot's lab in the Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. Hindt's studies focused on iron homeostasis in plants.  For the full article from the Graduate Student Forum, please click here.

Spooky Science

Prof. Eric Schaller and New York Times best-selling author, Jeff VanderMeer were the featured speakers a MIT Communications Forum on April 6, 2015.  Prof. Schaller and Mr. VanderMeer discussed the ideas that inspired the Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance).  Prof. Schaller served as a sounding board for scientific concepts that informed VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy and he also illustrated a number of VanderMeer’s novels.  Please click here to view the complete and often hillarious discussion.

Nature highlights research findings from Irwin Lab

Prof. Becky Irwin, Dr. Leif Richardson and other researchers in the Irwin Lab, have found that some compounds in floral nector reduce parasite loads in bees 60%-80%.  While the reduction in parasite load did not increase survival rates, these compounds could confer a benefit to bee colonies by reducing the spread of parasites.  These findings were highlighted in the February 26, 2015 issue of Nature.

Leif L. Richardson , Lynn S. Adler , Anne S. Leonard , Jonathan Andicoechea , Karly H. Regan , Winston E. Anthony , Jessamyn S. Manson , Rebecca E. Irwin. Secondary metabolites in floral nectar reduce parasite infections in bumblebees. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 2015 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2471

To read the full journal artice in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, please click here.

Deep Biosphere Teeming with Bacteria

A recent article on Motherboard describes work done by Prof. Olga Zhaxybayeva shows that the deep oil reserves are loaded with microbes that have been busy swapping genetic material for eons.  For a link to the full article, please click here.

The full scientific findings are published in the following publication:

Nesbo CL, S Swithers K, Dahle H, Haverkamp TH, Birkeland NK, Sokolova T, Kublanov I, Zhaxybayeva O. (2014) "Evidence for extensive gene flow and Thermotoga subpopulations in subsurface and marine environments." ISME Journal, Published online on Dec 12. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2014.238.

2015 Phi Beta Kappa Inductees Include Four Biology Majors

The national academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, inducted four Biology majors from the class of 2015 at its annual meeting on November 11th.  Biology majors Catherine Feuille ’15, Abigail Leibowitz ’15, Julia Salinaro ’15 and Talia Shoshany ’15 were among the twenty-two members of the Class of 2015 who were inducted this year.  Sharjeel Syed '16 (biology major) was one of the Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore prize recipients.  For a link to the full article in Dartmouth Now, please click here.

EEB Prof. Dominy uses Art to Construct Ecological History of Egypt

Professor Nate Dominy and his collaborators used art and other resources such as census data to construct and ecological history of Egypt.  Their findings have been published in a paper "Collapse of an ecological network in Ancient Egypt" in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

His work was featured in Dartmouth Now.  Please click here for a link to the article.