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MSU’s Richard Lenski Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, February 12, 2021
Glass beakers with a black background.

During his ground-breaking E. coli Long-Term Evolution Project (LTEE), Michigan State University experimental evolutionary biologist Richard Lenski has witnessed the beginning and end of more than one lifetime—73,000 bacterial lifetimes and counting,…

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Scientists Advocate Breaking Laws – of Geography and Ecology

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
A branch with green leaves, there are trees in the background.

Recent global calamities – the pandemic, wildfires, floods – are spurring interdisciplinary scientists to nudge aside the fashionable First Law of Geography that dictates “everything is related to…

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MSU Scientists Conduct Largest Freshwater Insect Census in U.S.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

When it comes to census taking, people are not the only ones who count. As the country completes its 2020 Census—the 23rd in U.S. history—researchers in Michigan State…

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Investigating The Impact Of Heatwaves On Natural And Agricultural Ecosystems

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Image of A Colorado potato beetle on a leaf.

Will Wetzel, assistant professor in the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Entomology, is researching how extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, impact various ecosystems in Michigan. A major…

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Doctoral Candidate Granted Research Award From Ecological Society of America

Friday, September 4, 2020
Foamy water on a beach

Katelyn King, a doctoral candidate in the Data Intensive Limnology Lab, recently won the Exceptional Promise in Graduate Research Award from the Ecological Society of America. Katelyn King,…

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Academic Ecosystems Critical to Sustainable Postdoctoral Workforce

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Yimu Zhao, a doctoral student in chemical engineering and materials science, and Richard Lunt, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science, run a test in Lunt’s lab. Lunt and his team have developed a new material that can be placed over windows and create solar energy.

Postdoctoral scholars comprise an invaluable component of global research communities, yet their support and training systems are poorly aligned with today’s job market. These issues are widely discussed…

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Lenski Receives ASM Interdisciplinary Research and Mentoring Award

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
College of Natural Science

Demonstrating that there is more than one way to pass on one’s legacy than just genetically, Michigan State University experimental evolutionary biologist, Richard Lenski, has been awarded the 2020 D.C….

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MSU Aquatic Ecologist Receives Grant to Study Phytoplankton Traits

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Phytoplankton under a microscope

Elena Litchman, Michigan State University aquatic ecologist, is leading a three-year, $993,000 project funded by the National Science Foundation in collaboration with faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. The…

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Streams ‘Sense’ Changes in Land Use, Indicate Health of Areas

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
“The manipulation of phosphorous and nitrogen in the landscape is one of the greatest threats to the fate of humanity and the rest of life on this planet,” said Jay Zarnetske, MSU earth and environmental scientist. Courtesy of MSU

Scientists at Michigan State University have shown that streams can be key health indicators of a region’s landscape, but the way they’re being monitored can be improved. New…

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MSU’s Fitzpatrick Receives Young Investigators Award

Friday, February 17, 2017
Sarah Fitzpatrick

Sarah Fitzpatrick, Michigan State University assistant professor of integrative biology, joins a distinguished group of scientists who have won the American Society of Naturalist’s Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigators…

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