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Elise Zipkin

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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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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Conservation or Construction? Determining Waterbird Hotspots

Monday, July 29, 2019
A flock of birds in the sky with a red and yellow sunset in the background. In the left hand side of the picture there is a white barn and trees along the fence line.

Imagine your favorite beach filled with thousands of ducks and gulls. Now envision coming back a week later and finding condos being constructed on that spot. This many…

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When it Comes to Monarchs, Fall Migration Matters

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Monarch Butterflies

Scientists studying monarch butterflies have traditionally focused on two sources for their decline – winter habitat loss in Mexico and fewer milkweed plants in the Midwest. New research…

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More Humans Does Not Necessarily Mean Fewer African Carnivores

Friday, March 1, 2019
hyena and pup

African carnivores face numerous threats from humans. So, it’s a fair assumption that the presence of more humans automatically equates to decreases across the board for carnivores. New…

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Tropical Frogs Found to Coexist with Deadly Fungus

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Panamanian Frog

Amphibian biologists watched in horror in 2004 as the frogs of El Copé, Panama, began dying by the thousands. The culprit: Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, a deadly fungus more commonly…

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MSU’s Saunders Closely Watching Piping Plover Numbers

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Sarah Saunders

Visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are often treated to tiny scurrying beachcombers – piping plovers. Future visitors, however, could see fewer of these celebrated shorebirds. A…

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MSU’s Zipkin Takes Key Role in Large-Scale Seabird Study

Friday, January 5, 2018
With a length of 35 to 45 inches, the Magnificent Frigatebird is the largest species of frigatebird. It occurs over tropical and subtropical waters off America, between northern Mexico and Ecuador on the Pacific coast, and between Florida and southern Brazil along the Atlantic coast. Photo courtesy of Elise Zipkin.

Flying 200 feet above the oceanic waters of the Gulf of Mexico, scientific observers peer out a small plane’s windows in search of seabirds. Sometimes they see a…

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Butterfly Survival Impacted by Migratory Environments

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Every winter, trees on high mountains in a small area northwest of Mexico City turn orange. Close inspection reveals branches filled with brilliantly colorful monarch butterflies, rather than…

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MSU’s Zipkin Named Early Career Fellow

Monday, February 6, 2017
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Elise Zipkin (photo above, right), an MSU assistant professor of integrative biology, has been named a 2017 Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Zipkin is one…

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