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Climate change driving Michigan mammals north

... on specimens and notes in research museums including the U-M Museum of zoology and the Michigan State University Museum. "Museum collections have been ... fortunate in Michigan to have an amazing resource in the U-M Museum of zoology collection, which contains great records of thousands of Michigan species ...

Here's venom in your eye: Spitting cobras hit their mark

... attackers. A new study published in Physiological and Biochemical zoology reveals how these snakes maximize their chances of hitting the target. ... The paper appears in an issue of Physiological and Biochemical zoology on the focused topic "Functional Consequences of Extreme Adaptations." ...

UBC study establishes formula for predicting climate change impact on salmon stocks

... in the current issue of the journal Physiological and Biochemical zoology . While climate change and rising river temperatures have been linked ... says lead author Tony Farrell, who is jointly appointed in the Dept. of zoology and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. "Animals have a thermal ...

Zoologists: Sea snakes seek out freshwater to slake thirst

... the November/December issue of the journal Physiological and Biochemical zoology . Harvey Lillywhite says it has been the "long-standing dogma" that the ... 10 to 20 percent," Lilywhite said. Harold Heatwole, a professor of zoology at North Carolina State University and expert on sea snakes, termed ...

Entomological Society of America names new Fellows for 2008

... her M.S. in biology from Catholic University of America, and her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Florida, with a specialization in entomology. ... University of California, Davis. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in zoology and ecology from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in entomology from ...

Fighting Aussie yabbies don't forget a face -- new research by the University of Melbourne

... of Melbourne zoologists. The research by the Universitys Department of zoology has been published today in the PLoS ONE journal. The two year study ... species, said Professor David MacMillan, Head of the Department of zoology who has led the research. Yabbies usually fight when they meet. It is ...

Entomological Society of America recognizes 2007 fellows and honorary members

... Dr. Richard E. Lee, Jr. is currently Distinguished Professor of zoology at the Miami University in Ohio. Lee has published more than 195 refereed ... Dr. J. E. McPherson began his teaching career in the Department of zoology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1969, attaining the rank ...

First orchid fossil puts showy blooms at some 80 million years old

... author Santiago R. Ramrez, a researcher in Harvard's Museum of Comparative zoology and Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. "But while orchids ... attention of Ram rez and his colleagues at Harvard's Museum of Comparative zoology in 2005. While this particular species of stingless bee, Proplebeia ...

Conquest of land began in shark genome

... Martin Cohn, Ph.D., an associate professor with the UF departments of zoology and anatomy and cell biology and a member of the UF Genetics Institute. ... and GuangJun Zhang, co-authors of the paper and graduate students in the zoology department of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, speculate that ...

UBC researchers find first-ever 'wanderlust gene' in tiny bony fish

... but exists in less than one per cent of their marine counterparts. Now UBC PhD candidate Rowan Barrett and colleagues from UBC's Dept. of zoology have found that the gene may also be contributing to the fish's tendency to relocate instead of adjusting to their surroundings the first time a ...

Stem cell research: From molecular physiology to therapeutic applications

... into functional pancreatic islet cells and discusses the challenges for future work[3]. Professor Qi Zhou is assistant Director of the Institute of zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has been studying the mechanism of differentiation and de-differentiation, cellular plasticity and totipotency ...

Disease threat may change how frogs mate

... friends: wild frogs in the UK may be changing their mating behaviour. Dr Teacher conducted her research with colleagues from the Institute of zoology and Queen Mary, University of London. The research followed concerns over the survival of wild frog populations in the UK. Ranavirus, which had its ...

Analysis of Copernicus putative remains support identity

... remains of Copernicus. Results from the analysis of the remains from the Institute of Forensic Research in Krakow and the Museum and institute of zoology in Warsaw and the Uppsala laboratory were identical. "Although these results points towards the materials being from the same individual, there is ...

New research shows dinosaurs may have been smaller than we thought

... some dinosaurs may actually have weighed as little as half as much as previously thought. In the study, published this week in the Journal of zoology , Geoffrey Birchard, associate professor of environmental science and policy at George Mason University, was part of a team which uncovered a problem ...

Geographic profiling applied to track hunting patterns of white sharks in South Africa

... sharks competitively exclude smaller sharks from the prime hunting areas. The findings will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of zoology and is now available as an advance online publication of the journal.The study uses geographic profiling for the first time in the marine ...

Dino-not-so-soaring

... face of the earth may not have been as big as previously thought, reveals a paper published today in the Zoological Society of London's Journal of zoology . Scientists have discovered that the original statistical model used to calculate dinosaur mass is flawed, suggesting dinosaurs have been ...

From Jack the Ripper to great white sharks

... have in common with serial killers? Refined hunting skills, according to a paper published today in the Zoological Society of London's Journal of zoology . A team of US-based researchers have found that sharks hunt in a highly focused fashion, just like serial criminals. Using the same methods ...

Discovery raises new doubts about dinosaur-bird links

... complex is what helps support the lung and prevent its collapse. "This is fundamental to bird physiology," said Devon Quick, an OSU instructor of zoology who completed this work as part of her doctoral studies. "It's really strange that no one realized this before. The position of the thigh bone and ...

Enigmatic sea urchin structure catalogued

... a structural evolutionary interdependence of various internal organs. The research, published in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in zoology , demonstrates that the approach of combining all structural data available on a given organ in combination with a broad taxonomic coverage can yield ...

Elevated water temperature and acidity boost growth of key sea star species: UBC researchers

... time it would typically take -- and consume more mussels, their main diet, at much higher rates," says Gooding, a PhD student in the Department of zoology working under the supervision of UBC Asst. Prof. Christopher Harley. At the end of the period, sea stars reared in warmer, more acidic waters ...

Studies shed light on collapse of coral reefs

... known for some time the general functioning of corals and the problems they are facing from climate change," said Virginia Weis, a professor of zoology at Oregon State University. "But until just recently, much less has been known about their fundamental biology, genome structure and internal ...

Mothers give interloper's offspring a head start in life

... mothers often give extra-pair offspring a better start in life, which can have life-long benefits" said Dr Michael Magrath from the Department of zoology at the University of Melbourne. "Our study examined a population of blue tits which are usually socially monogamous, but females commonly mate ...

'Annals of the ESA' selected as one of 100 most influential journals

... Life Sciences Library at McGill University in Montreal, Canada; and Constance Rinaldo, head of the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative zoology at Harvard University. Publishers of the top 100 journals will be honored June 16, 2009 at an awards ceremony at the DBIO Centennial Conference in ...

UC Riverside professor receives top scientific honor

... dengue," said Ring Card, chair of UCR's Department of Entomology . Raikhel was raised and educated in the Soviet Union. He obtained his M.S. in zoology from Leningrad (St. Petersburg) University and his Ph.D. in biological sciences from the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He ...

Fossils suggest earlier land-water transition of tetrapod

... evolutionary relationship between these early tetrapods is not well resolved," Callier said. Co-author Jennifer Clack of the University Museum of zoology in Cambridge, England -- where she supervised Callier's work for a master's degree -- found the fossils embedded in rocks collected from East ...

2009 AIBS Media Award

... up in a small town in Maine and received a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife science from the University of Maine. She earned an MS and PhD in zoology from Ohio State University, investigating the physiological mechanisms of eggshell thinning in wild birds. Rick Weiss was until recently a Senior ...

Pest management specialist Charles Summers wins prestigious Woodworth Award

... in the San Joaquin Valley. A native of Ogden, Utah, Summers received two degrees from Utah State University; his bachelor of science degree in zoology in 1964 and his master's degree in entomology in 1966. He earned his doctorate in entomology in 1970 from Cornell University. Summers is the 40th ...

New species of spiders discovered by UBC scientist in Papua New Guinea

... found a new way to make a living by wandering around their habitat and pouncing like cats on their prey," says Wayne Maddison, a professor of zoology and botany and director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC. Two of the jumping spiders' eight eyes have evolved to be large with ...

The Prestige oil spill caused changes in the cell structure of mussels

... biomarker approach: mussel watch from Galicia to the Basque coast . The director of the thesis was Mr Ionan Marigmez Allende from the Department of zoology and Animal Cell Biology at the UPV/EHU's Faculty of Science and Technology. In order to undertake the thesis Ms Garmendia visited the Haskin ...

Optimum running speed is stride toward understanding human body form

... exertion required to cover a set distance at a slower pace were thought to balance out the difference in metabolic cost, says Karen Steudel, a zoology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. However, Steudel and Cara Wall-Scheffler of Seattle Pacific University have now shown that the ...

Mighty diatoms: Global climate feedback from microscopic algae

... that greenhouse gas as the climate warms. The microscopic algae are a major component of plankton living in puddles, lakes and oceans. zoology professor Elena Litchman, with MSU colleague Christopher Klausmeier and Kohei Yoshiyama of the University of Tokyo, explored how nutrient limitation ...

Danger lurks underground for oak seedlings

... will choose one food item over another," Swihart said. Swihart's study has been published in the current edition of the Canadian Journal of zoology . Under a variety of growing conditions, oak seedlings have comparatively high mortality rates, allowing other trees such as shade-tolerant maples ...

An underwater drugstore?

... to beat unnecessary death by fungal infection. And their secret weapon is the common marine sponge. Prof. Micha Ilan from the Department of zoology at Tel Aviv University, who is heading the project, has already identified several alternative antibiotic candidates among the unique compounds that ...

New light shed on marine luminescence

... according to need. But the exact mechanisms behind these processes remain shrouded in mystery. Jenny Krnstrm, a researcher at the Department of zoology of the University of Gothenburg has put another piece of the jigsaw puzzle in place by investigating the light organs of marine jellyfish, ...

Changing sexes on the sea floor

... Trees do it. Bees do it. Even environmentally stressed fish do it. But Prof. Yossi Loya from Tel Aviv University's Department of zoology is the first in the world to discover that Japanese sea corals engage in "sex switching" too. His research may provide the key to the survival of ...

Forget the antioxidants? McGill researchers cast doubt on role of free radicals in aging

... with the theory is that it's been based purely on correlative data, on the weight of evidence," explained Hekimi, McGill's Strathcona Chair of zoology and Robert Archibald & Catherine Louise Campbell Chair in Developmental Biology. "It is true that the more an organism appears aged, whether in terms ...

Historical photographs expose decline in Florida's reef fish, new Scripps study finds

... original paper will make lots of people change their mind," said Daniel Pauly, a professor at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre and zoology Department. In separate studies, Scripps researchers recently uncovered fishing damages to coral reefs in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. ...

Older killer whales make the best mothers

... ) nearing the menopause may be more successful in rearing their young. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in zoology shows that estimated survival rates for calves born to these older mothers were 10% higher than those for other calves. Eric Ward from the ...

Research project to boost European fish farming

... of this is the launch of the EU project LIFECYCLE, which is directed by Professor Thrandur Bjrnsson and his research team at the Department of zoology of the University of Gothenburg. The purpose of LIFECYCLE is to enhance knowledge of the physiology of fish so that the problems that arise in ...

Biofeedback from the zoo

... of neurotic or healthy behavior from the animal kingdom, observed in the wild or in captivity," says Prof. David Eilam from the Department of zoology at Tel Aviv University. Studying bears, gazelles, and rats, among other animals, the Tel Aviv University scientists have developed a model to ...
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