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.

Faculty and Student Kudos! Faculty and Student Publication

Kudos to Prof. Olga Zhaxybayeva and Milo Johnson '13 on their recent publication!

Caroline E. Whidden, Katrina G. DeZeeuw, Jackie K. Zorz, Andrew P. Joy,
David A. Barnett, Milo S. Johnson, Olga Zhaxybayeva, and Amanda M.
Cockshutt: "Quantitative and Functional Characterization of the
Hyper-Conserved Protein of Prochlorococcus and marine Synechococcus",
PLoS ONE, 2014, 9: e109327.

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.

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.

Professor Olga Zhaxybayeva is named Simons Investigator

Professor Olga Zhaxybayeva has been selected to be one of the 2014 Simons Investigators in Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems.  This support enables the long-term research of "outstanding theoretical scientists."  For more information about the Simons Foundation, please visit their website.