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MSU to Lead $1.84 mil. Biodiversity Research Project

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Jenny Boughman

MSU integrative biologist Janette Boughman is the lead principal investigator of a five-year, $1.84 million National Science Foundation Dimensions of Biodiversity collaborative grant to pursue novel research studying…

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Hyena’s Cooperative Behavior Reveals Social Evolution

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Submitting to mob mentality is always a risky endeavor, for humans or hyenas. A new Michigan State University study focusing on the latter, though, shows that when it…

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The Texas Butterfly Effect

Thursday, June 9, 2016
butterfly

How can scientists better understand summer monarch butterfly populations in the Midwest? Check spring weather in Texas. This information is just one of many insights that researchers from…

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NSF Grant Will Help Decipher Cells’ Electric Properties

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Electric Eel

A Michigan State University researcher will use a National Science Foundation grant to decipher the secrets of electric organs in fish and apply the insights to human electrically…

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Applications of Rare Isotopes in Nitrogen Biogeochemistry

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Nathaniel Ostrom, professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Integrative Biology, presents examples of how rare isotopes from the future Facility for Rare Isotope Beams can be used…

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New Finding Shows Males Can Drive Creation of New Species

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
fish

Evolutionary biologists often debate on whether sexual selection can lead to new species. Most studies have focused on natural selection or, for the few studies that considered sexual…

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The Birds of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Turtle Dove

Ever wondered about all the birds mentioned in the holiday standard, “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” Michigan State University’s Pamela Rasmussen, integrative biologist and coordinator of MSU’s global bird…

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Hintze Studying Evolution of Natural and Artificial Intelligence

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Arend Hintze recently was named assistant professor, Department of Integrative Biology, in the College of Natural Science, after serving as a post-doctoral researcher with the Michigan State-based BEACON…

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MSU to Study Use of Falcons to Protect Orchards

Monday, November 16, 2015
Michigan State University integrative biology graduate student Megan Shave holds a nestling American kestrel that she banded this summer in a cherry orchard in Michigan's Leelanau County.

Catherine Lindell, Michigan State University integrative biologist, will use a nearly $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to attract more falcons to orchards. Lindell and two other MSU colleagues…

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Too Many Candidates Spoil the Stew

Friday, September 11, 2015
Arend Hintze

This election year has produced 17 Republican presidential candidates, which on its surface may appear to give the party a competitive advantage. Evolution, however, disagrees. A new study…

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