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MSU Integrative Biologist Utilizes NEON to Illuminate Biodiversity

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Satelline image of United States

There is more to science than meets the eye. Take an ordinary Michigan landscape — white pines, black-eyed susans, white-tailed deer and a few chickadees — just random…

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Meek Recognized for Marine Conservation Research

Thursday, June 11, 2020
Mariah Meek in a boat

Mariah Meek, assistant professor in the Michigan State University Department of Integrative Biology (IBIO) in the College of Natural Science, has received a prestigious 2020 Early Career Conservationist Award from the Society…

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Novel Statistical Model Pieces Together Biodiversity Puzzle

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Two images next to each other. One image is a purple flower with a green butterfly. The other image is a white flower and an orange butterfly.

Thousands of species are in decline worldwide and thousands more are of unknown status, possibly going extinct unnoticed, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. But…

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No-Till Agriculture Increases Crop Yields, Environmental Gains Over Long Haul

Monday, May 18, 2020
Two men standing in a crop field

Despite the environmental benefits of no-till agriculture, farmers often hesitate to change to this management approach due to uncertain economic returns. Sarah Cusser, postdoctoral research associate at the Kellogg…

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The Beacon, the Bacteria and the Rough-Skinned Newt

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
A dark gray and orange Newt on tree brick.

The textbook example in ecology, literally, goes like this: The poisonous rough-skinned newt and the garter snake are locked in an evolutionary arms race. The more resistant the…

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Frogs to Snakes: the Consequences of Lost Biodiversity

Thursday, February 13, 2020
thin snake by leaf

A Michigan State University- and University of Maryland-led study featured on the cover of this week’s Science magazine should sound alarm bells regarding the “biodiversity crisis” or the…

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Illuminating Research Reveals Genes Responsible for Healthy Gut Development in Zebrafish

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
green finger smudges in black light

Like a string of bonfires at night, orange, red and yellow lights connected by delicate, neon-green filaments illuminated the front cover of a recent issue of Developmental Biology. The photo…

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Scientists Use Remote Sensing Data to Help Explain Patterns of Life

Monday, February 3, 2020
sierra nevada landscape

Like watching with a new set of binoculars, satellite remote sensing technology is giving Michigan State University researchers a powerful lens to view landscapes that set the stage…

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Trinidad’s Guppy-Filled Streams Provide Natural Lab for Genetic Rescue Research

Monday, January 6, 2020
Close of picture of guppies swimming.

Trinidadian Guppies, ubiquitous in freshwater aquariums around the world, are no bigger than your thumb. But for Sarah Fitzpatrick, assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Integrative…

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Hyena Expert Receives Distinguished Animal Behaviorist Award

Monday, November 11, 2019
pack of hyenas in grass

Michigan State University integrative biologist Kay Holekamp, one of the world’s leading behavioral ecologists, has been awarded the 2019 Distinguished Animal Behaviorist Award from the Animal Behavior Society, in…

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