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A grove of trees in the fall
May 23, 2024
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May 23, 2023 - He will be honored by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.
Birds-eye view of forest in the fall
May 20, 2024
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May 20, 2023 - Over 700 acres across campus offer resources for teaching, research, demonstration and nature appreciation.
A female Lone Star tick on a leaf
May 17, 2024
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May 17, 2024 - Entomologist Jean Tsao warns of more ticks and new ticks in Michigan.
The banner of Ecology magazine cover
May 16, 2024
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May 16, 2024 - The Zipkin lab reviews over 30 influential publications on statistical ecology.
Seedling sprouting from soil
April 29, 2024
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April 29, 2024 - The grants, totaling $123,790, mark the fourth year of competition for early funding.
Red and black logo for Stanford Science Fellows
April 23, 2024
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April 23, 2024 - Veronica Frans earns a spot in the prestigious post-doctoral program.
Red Cedar River in front of MSU buildings
April 19, 2024
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April 19, 2024 - Shinhan Shiu and Elise Zipkin honored for exemplary scholarship and education.
Close-up of a cicada
April 18, 2024
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April 18, 2024 - Entomology's Hannah Burrack answers questions about the cicada brood emersion. In MSU Today.
A bee taking nectar from a blueberry flower
April 17, 2024
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April 17, 2024 - PhD candidate Jenna Walters on her research's place in a changing world. In MSU Today.
black and white words generation x
April 15, 2024
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April 15, 2024 - Pennock part of study tracking Gen X evolution attitudes. In The National Center for Higher Education
Logo of I-GUIDE on a globe
April 11, 2024
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April 11, 2024 - Solving world problems awash in data calls for new methods. In Nature Research Communities.
Michigan State brick entrance sign with daffodils in front
April 10, 2024
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April 10, 2024 - Chia Hsieh will be the 2024-2025 academic year fellow.
An older juvenile northern map turtle rests on a log
April 3, 2024
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April 3, 2024 - Steve Hamilton on the epic oil spill's opportunities for knowledge.
A koala and bat
March 28, 2024
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March 28, 2024 - A look at the influence of geographic isolation on mammal evolution. In Nature Communications.
Wild squash in the Californian desert
March 28, 2024
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March 28, 2024 - Viruses from agriculture infect native plants in neighboring habitats. In Phytobiomes.
An insect on eaten-away leaves
March 27, 2024
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March 27, 2024 - Isaacs' and Szucs' work on invasive species featured.
Graphic image reading MSU International Awards
March 26, 2024
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March 26, 2024 - Ned Walker to receive the Ralph H. Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies.
Jackie Gerson working with monitoring equipment on a boat
March 26, 2024
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March 25, 2024 - Three core faculty members highlighted in a NatSci story about the water initiative.
2 women assemble research equipment on lake ice
March 8, 2024
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March 8, 2024 - Graduate student receives MI SeaGrant research fellowship for Lake Erie study.
A hilltop in Brazil with stark deforestation line
March 5, 2024
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March 5, 2024 - Jianguo "Jack" Liu shows how global conflicts have broad impacts. In Phys.org.
Publication graphical abstract
March 5, 2024
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March 1, 2024 - Jackie Gerson weighs in in Environmental Science and Technology about a new study on mercury's reach.
Christopher Klausmeier and Elena Lichtman examine bottles in a lab
February 17, 2024
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Feb. 16, 2024 - MSU researchers study plankton to understand fundamental rules of nature. In Science
Screenshot of YouTube video featuring Rufus Isaacs in lab
February 15, 2024
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Feb. 15, 2024 - Rufus Isaacs reflects on 25 years of agriculture partnership.
Four hyenas on African savannah
February 12, 2024
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Feb. 12, 2024 - Kay Holekamp's work in Africa is shedding light on these predators. In National Geographic.
Two journal pages of hand-written text and drawings
February 8, 2024
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Feb. 8, 2024 - Article featured in Art in the Plant Sciences, a special issue of the Plant Science Bulletin. 
Savannahs of tropical India
February 1, 2024
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Feb. 1, 2024 - EEB Pres. Postdoc Nerlekar on the team publishing in Journal of Ecology by British Ecological Society. 
A graphic with for circles ito show integration
January 30, 2024
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Jan. 30, 2024 - Global sustainability can't be achieved by countries acting alone. In Nature Communications.
E.coli in a petri dish
January 30, 2024
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Jan. 30, 2024 - Work begun in Lenski's lab continues to inspire researchers across world. In Science.
Hawaiian bobtail squid and the luminous bacteria
January 23, 2024
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Jan. 23, 2024 - Heath-Heckman is using an NIH grant to study bacteria animals use for protection.
MSU greenhouse -- an example of research infrastructure
January 23, 2024
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Jan. 23, 2024 - She'll assess MSU’s shared core facilities and research infrastructure
Images of Silent Spring book cover and black and white headshot of Rachel Carson
January 17, 2024
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Jan. 17, 2024 - Jack Liu organizes free weekly Zoom lectures by world leaders on sustainability issues.
Sepia-toned picture of trees in foreground and background
January 12, 2024
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Jan. 11, 2024 - The collaborative MSU/MDNR project addresses ways to create diverse tree populations.
Logo of The Conversation
January 12, 2024
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Jan. 12, 2024 - Gerson on reducing mercury emissions from Senegal gold mining. In The Conversation.
Beaumont Tower in the summer
January 11, 2024
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Jan. 11, 2024 - The science communications program evolves to align learning curves with tasks.
Two panda bears side by side munching bamboo
December 26, 2023
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Dec. 26, 2023 - Jack Liu on how conservation of a popular species is a good investment. On NPR's Science Friday.
A dramatic dandelion representation gone to seed on a black background
December 20, 2023
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Dec. 20, 2023 - Lauren Sullivan part of a team exploring how the wind affects a plant's survival.
Panda sniffing a tree in the forest
December 19, 2023
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Dec. 19, 2023 - A new study finds the iconic bears check in with family, check out the dating scene and network.
MSU Welcome to the Bug House sign
December 19, 2023
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Dec. 17, 2023 - An NSF grant to Henry Chung funds an engaging new video series.
Two monarch butterflies on a milkweed stem
December 15, 2023
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Dec. 15, 2023 - Elise Zipkin discusses converting citizen science to meaningful data. In National Geographic.
A spotted hyena looks behind
December 8, 2023
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Dec. 8, 2023 - Hyena relationships can influence when they work together to attack lions. In Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Dirty hand holds a small nugget of gold
November 30, 2023
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Nov. 30, 2023 - Jackie Gerson receives an NSF grant and publishes in Cleaner Production Letters.
A clip of a Science journal cover showing two worms eating a plant
November 20, 2023
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Nov. 20, 2023 - Herbivory Variability Network, boosted by a 2020-21 EEB seed grant, reveals significant insights.
Veronica Frans presents at a conference
November 17, 2023
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Nov. 17, 2023 - Veronica Frans at BioLogos puts environmental stewardship in the context of Christianity.
Logo for Clarivate Web of Science
November 15, 2023
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Nov. 15, 2023 - Jianguo "Jack" Liu has been named to the “2023 Highly Cited Researchers” list.
Colorful banner for SPEC school
November 13, 2023
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Nov. 13, 2023 - The course incorporates remote sensing tools and inclusive leadership training.
Hand lifts a glass bottle dug from the earth on the MSU campus
November 9, 2023
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Nov. 9, 2023 - Brudvig and Lowry sequence the DNA of 144-year-old Beal seeds and get a surprise. In IFLScience.
Robin Waterman stands at a distance in an agricultural plot
November 2, 2023
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Nov. 2, 2023 - Robin Waterman at KBS receives a USDA grant to continue her work at KBS.
Close-up of moth on purple flower
October 26, 2023
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Oct. 26, 2023 - New methodology provides insights to better protect data-deficient species. In the Journal of Animal Ecology.
A close-up of honeybees in a hive
October 20, 2023
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Oct. 20, 2023 - Entomology chair Hannah Burrack talks about partnership that bees of historic importance.
Envision EEB participants sit at a table during an outdoor reception
October 19, 2023
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Oct. 19, 2023 - Signature program helps make grad school an achievable destination for traditionally excluded students.
A desert fruit fly close-up
October 18, 2023
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Oct. 18, 2023 - Zinan Wang and Henry Chung show evolutionary changes in a single gene bring survival skills. In Science Advances.
Screenshot of podcast show start
October 6, 2023
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Oct. 6, 2023 - Devin Lake, a PhD student and lab manager, weighs in on stereotypes in science careers.
Cartoon illustration for BBC's bacteria show
October 6, 2023
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Oct. 6, 2023 - Rich Lenski and former student Paul Turner are featured in BBC Radio's “Bacteria: The Tiny Giants.”
Graphic image of globe broken down to local ecology
October 5, 2023
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Oct. 5, 2023 - NSF's National Ecological Observatory Network  explores Phoebe Zarnetske's career trajectory and vision.
A salamander creeps through groundcover
October 3, 2023
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Oct. 3, 2023 - Fitzpatrick and Mittan-Moreau identify genetic rescue as a critical conservation strategy not addressed in most recovery plans. 
Illustration of a boy drawing global connections
September 25, 2023
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Sept. 25, 2023 - Devising a way to characterize how human and natural systems interact with each other. In Ecology & Society.
Forest in Brazil's Mato Grosso state
September 8, 2023
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Sept., 8, 2023 - Scientists identify ways landowners in rural Brazil can find win-win situations with biodiversity and farming.
Data knowledge predictions about global water use efficiency in a changing climate
August 24, 2023
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Aug. 23, 2023 - Jiquan Chen and others find plants' ability to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) may have stalled. Published in Science.
Wild radish flower with bee
August 24, 2023
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Aug. 24, 2023 - Research by Conner and Waterman suggests natural selection has the power to keep things the same. In New Phytologist, and Evolution. 
Scenic view of volcano in Africa. Credit: A. Plumptre
August 16, 2023
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August 16, 2023 - Sam Ayebare leads first steps to understanding how so many birds can coexist in a biodiversity hot spot.
A forest of birch trees up close
August 15, 2023
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Aug. 15, 2023 - Researchers and government, industry leaders convened in Helsinki to focus on biobased forestry products.
Guy Bush standing with the MSU carillon in the background
August 14, 2023
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Aug. 14, 2023 - Guy Bush, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Evolutionary Biology Emeritus, died Aug. 2 in Austin, TX.
Image of grassland plots
July 27, 2023
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July 27, 2023 - Sullivan challenges that soil seed banks can be a “biodiversity reservoir” in grasslands. In Nature Communications.
Cartoon of high school students
July 21, 2023
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July 21, 2023 - David Lowry is on a team of researchers working to transform students' relationship with science.
Researchers set up a test plot
July 14, 2023
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July 14, 2023 - Sarah Evans and James Moran are part of a team funded by the USDA to study soil health.
A common yellowthroat, a songbird, on a wildflower stalk
July 6, 2023
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July 6, 2023 - Presidential Postdoc Casey Youngflesh shows an alarming mismatch for birds. In PNAS.
A ship breaks through ice in the Arctic. Photo by Christina Goethel at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences
July 5, 2023
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July 5, 2023 - Postdoc Kelly Kapsar maps Arctic ship traffic to understand impacts, in Climatic Change.
Recently hatched Burmese peacock softshell turtles, which are found only in Myanmar. Credit: U Nyein Chan and U Yae Aung/Fauna & Flora
June 24, 2023
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June 24, 2023 - KBS's Fred Janzen weighs in on tiny miracles in Myanmar in the New York Times
MSU helmet logo with white flowers
June 22, 2023
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June 22, 2023 - Rufus Isaacs, Richard Lenski, and Edward Walker receive the honor for teaching, research, and public service.
A fruit-eating olinquito. Photo by Maggie Forrester
June 19, 2023
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June 19, 2023 - Frugivoria is an open-access database supersized to help protect biodiversity
Wildfire smoke blocks sun, credit: MTSOFan on Flickr
June 13, 2023
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June 13, 2023 - In National Science Review, a look at how events and crises sweep across the globe
A mouse in a den
June 2, 2023
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June 2, 2023 - Tick expert Jean Tsao comments in Science News on how host vaccines can help.
XPRIZE Rainforest team members in Singapore
June 1, 2023
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June 1, 2023 - A team in Singapore redefines scientific exploration and competes for $10 million prize.
Jianguo
May 30, 2023
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May 30, 2023 - Jack Liu leads a key United Nations environmental report on global challenges.
Black tern on post near water
May 23, 2023
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May 23, 2023 - Researchers grapple with data sparsity and conserve a disappearing bird species.
Blue and white drawing of glaciers
May 11, 2023
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May 11, 2023 - Saunders and Meek look to identify, map and preserve climate change refugia, reported in High Country News
Spotted wing drosophila in the lab.
May 11, 2023
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May 11, 2023 - Rufus Isaacs leads effort to control the invasive fruit fly which threatens Michigan fruit crops
Photo of plant sprouting from a pile of pennies
May 3, 2023
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May 3, 2023 - In the competitive world of getting funding, grants to get grants can be a game changer.
Hands sprouting leaves graphic image
May 3, 2023
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May 3, 2023 - The grants, totaling $87,248, will help launch competitive proposals for significant external resources
MSU Sparty statue
April 27, 2023
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April 27, 2023 - Elise Zipkin named a laureate with the International Recognition of Professional Excellence Prize
An elephantfish
April 26, 2023
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April 26, 2023 - The Gallant lab gets nearly $10 million from NSF to understand the costs and benefits of tailless sperm
Lux Arbor pond, a habitat for damselflies
April 26, 2023
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April 26, 2023 - In Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists seek to predict climate change effects better.
Collage of scientific writing and graduates
April 17, 2023
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April 17, 2023 - Alex Lewanski wins the DoD's National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Award. 
Deforestation on Matto Grosso Brazil
April 17, 2023
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April 17, 2023 - Private landowners in rural Brazil can exempt land from conservation efforts - with consequences.
Close-up of mosquito biting human
April 14, 2023
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April 14, 2023 - Ned Walker weighs in on Michigan's spring ritual of "snow-melt mosquitoes" on WILX News.
National Science Foundation GRFP logo
April 12, 2023
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April 12, 2023 - Kristy, Martin-Eberhardt and Mohammed selected for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Entomological Society of America logo
April 10, 2023
April 10, 2023 - Entomologist Rufus Isaacs is honored for his extension work in berry crop integrated pest management.
Roloff receiving award
March 30, 2023
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March 30, 2023 - The award honors an individual who has furthered wildlife conservation, research, and/or management in Michigan.
Trees with blue sky in background
March 29, 2023
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March 29, 2023 - High-income countries are outpacing low-income countries, possibly slowing improvements in planetary health.
Seals floating on ice
March 28, 2023
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March 28, 2023 - Arctic climate changes amidst the oceans of the Bering Strait set up conflicts between people and wildlife.
Ashish Nerlekar sitting on a rock
March 28, 2023
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March 28, 2023 - Ashish Nerlekar will bring his work on the world's grasslands to MSU as the EEB Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow.
Photo of campus with sun setting
March 24, 2023
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March 24, 2023 - Janette Boughman in integrative biology is one of nine faculty selected for prestigious international academic exchange program.
Crops
March 22, 2023
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March 22, 2023 - In a world where switchgrass could cut our fossil fuel dependency, can communities of fungi help grow more potent plants?
Journal pages
March 13, 2023
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March 13, 2023 - EEB graduate students and post-docs in Nature Ecology & Evolution take an unsettling look at who's in and who's more rarely in journals.
fish lineage
March 3, 2023
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March 3, 2023 - Genomic analyses conclusively resolve which modern fish lineage branched off earliest within the tree of life.
insect
March 2, 2023
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March 2, 2023 - Alpine insects who live only in Glacier National Park face a dire future, but EEB's Alisha Shah is helping make sure we learn from them.
Earth
February 27, 2023
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Feb. 27, 2023 - Jack Liu and Phoebe Zarnetske will work on the Continental Scale Biology Committee to identify biological research themes, theory.
colorful produce
February 25, 2023
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Feb. 25, 2023 - Jianguo "Jack" Liu is on the five-year project to develop food system resiliency, funded by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Ornithological Applications
February 25, 2023
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Feb. 25, 2023 - Articles in Ornithological Applications focus on challenges faced by neotropical ornithologists in publishing, and possible solutions.
Shin-Han Shiu one of five MSU faculty named AAAS Fellows
February 2, 2023
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Feb. 2, 2023 - Shiu joins more than 175 current and past Spartans honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
How traits stay or go on plant's evolutionary journey
February 1, 2023
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Feb. 1, 2023 - Jeff Conner and team works to learn why a plant sometimes loses short stamens, give new understanding about evolution.
Postdoc taps camera traps for unlikely critter encounters
January 23, 2023
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Jan. 23, 2023 - In the New York Times, Neil Gilbert of IBIO taps into a citizen science project to better understand interspecies interactions.
Data-driven bird conservation project takes wing
January 18, 2023
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Jan. 18, 2023 - MSU, Audubon receive $1.3M from NSF to use data to create more robust population forecasts to support bird conservation.
Zarnetske to serve on National Academies committee
January 13, 2023
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Jan. 13, 2023 - Phoebe Zarnetske to help organize a workshop on applying an Earth system science approach to research on climate intervention.
The U.S. is committed to conservation... Now what?
January 11, 2023
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Jan. 11, 2023 - A research team, including Mariah Meek, in a journal article, informs how to reach conservation goals in the face of climate change.
MSU's LTER program awarded $7.65 million NSF grant
January 11, 2023
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Jan. 11, 2023 - The 34-year-old program at KBS dedicated to understanding the ecology of agricultural systems is renewed.
Animals Shape-Shift in Response to a Warming World
January 9, 2023
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Jan. 9, 2023 - An EEB Presidential Postdoc in Science weighs in about whether species’ adaptations can keep pace with climate change.
Guiding conservation with innovations and a local touch
December 5, 2022
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Dec. 5, 2022 - EEB biologists in BioScience underscore local adaptation in pathways to second chances when climates change .
Frans, Liu have The Conversation about international biodiversity
December 2, 2022
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Dec. 2, 2022 - Veronica Frans and Jack Liu look at what it takes to protect 30% of the Earth's surface in advance of the international biodiversity conference.
Two land CDC grant to tackle tick- and mosquito-borne diseases
November 30, 2022
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Nov. 30, 2022 - Jean Tsao and Ned Walker will be supported by $1.3M in CDC funding to target the Great Lakes region, part of larger $10M project.
Studying kestrels' superpower to shoo pest birds
November 30, 2022
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Nov. 30, 2022 - An MSU team led by Olivia Smith studies  kestrels in Northwest Michigan cherry orchards and their effects on food safety.
PhD student honored for skill communicating her science
November 22, 2022
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Jamily Ramos de Lima of the Braasch lab is honored at the Society for Developmental Biology Midwest Conference
Satellites cast critical eye on coastal dead zones
November 20, 2022
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Nov. 20, 2022 - Scientists have found a new and better way using remote sensing to understand where coastal dead zones are and predict changes.
More biodiversity isn't a silver bullet for ecosystem restoration
November 17, 2022
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Nov. 17, 2022 - Experts and a unique research site show how the land's history of being restored shapes the success of conservation efforts
Liu and Isaacs ranked amongst top-cited researchers
November 16, 2022
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Nov. 16, 2022 - Jack Liu and Rufus Isaacs make this year's Clarivate Highly-Cited Researchers list, amongst 6,938 worldwide.
Results-oriented commitment to DEI earns KBS honor
November 11, 2022
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Nov. 11, 2022 - Kellogg Biological Station, rich in EEB faculty and student members, declared a model for its quantifiable commitment to diversity.
Meet the frogs overcoming extinction
November 8, 2022
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Nov. 8, 2022 - Researchers confirm that many harlequin frogs once believed to be extinct are, in fact, persisting. Stories in Science and Science News.
Elite scientists outline character traits that make excellent science
November 4, 2022
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Nov. 4, 2022 - Philosopher Robert Pennock leads a survey to find what core values are crucial to good science. Top virtue: Honesty.
Notes from Holekamp Lab in Kenya: Meet the south clan
October 31, 2022
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Oct. 31, 2022 - The group is collaring all hyenas 18 months or older in a single clan to understand how communication drives coordination and decision-making.
Teamwork, in nature and the lab, teaches about climate change
October 25, 2022
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Oct. 25, 2022 - Kevin Liu and Elizabeth Heath-Heckman explore impacts on microbes and their symbiotic relationships with host animals to better inform climate models.
Taking stock of fisheries sustainability with models
October 19, 2022
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Oct. 19, 2022 - PhD student Emily Liljestrand combines passion for mathematics and computer modeling with marine biology to evaluate long-term sustainability in fisheries.
EEB announces second year of digital media fellows
October 13, 2022
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Oct. 13, 2022 - EEB PhD students Bruna Amaral and Ayley Shortridge will embark on a year-long experience of training and creating in the field of science communication.
Boosting endangered butterfly confronting climate change
October 10, 2022
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Oct. 10, 2022 - Three EEB members will explore the potential for genetic rescue to increase population growth and adaptive potential in the endangered Mitchell's satyr butterfly.
Which countries have the most interconnected wildlife preserves
October 7, 2022
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Oct. 7, 2022 - KBS's Nick Haddad weighs in on a story in Scientific American exploring important connections between protected animal habitats.
PhD student contributes new tool to predict, plan for sea lions
October 6, 2022
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Oct. 6, 2022 - Veronica Frans of CSIS developed an integrated species distribution model database map about sea lions to help New Zealand policymakers plan for their return
Miesel helps to reimagine fire science for the Anthropocene
October 5, 2022
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Oct. 5, 2022 - Jessica Miesel of plant, soil and microbial sciences joins a multidisciplinary group of scientists across the world to examine fire regimes. Published in PNAS Nexus.
MSU at forefront of sea lamprey eradication efforts
October 3, 2022
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Oct. 3, 2022 - The Great Lakes Fishery Commission supports the work of Weiming Li's group with a new lab to study lamprey biology.
Envision EEB shows possibilities, delivers skills, builds relationships
September 26, 2022
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Sept. 26, 2022 - DEI weekend showcased the benefits and strengths of the EEB community to early career scholars from across the country, building skills and relationships.
Ornithology journal Lindell leads soars in impact
September 21, 2022
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Sept. 21, 2022 - Ornithological Applications, edited by Catherine Lindell, has been ranked as the top scientific journal globally out of 29 journals in the ornithology category.
Jack Liu accepts global sustainability award with message of hope
September 21, 2022
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Sept. 21, 2022 - Jianguo "Jack" Liu accepts his Gunnerus Sustainability Science Award in Norway with an address about pandas, people and hope for the future.
Reading global catastrophes needs a new lens for sharp solutions
September 1, 2022
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Aug. 31, 2022 - If the global community doesn’t learn to spot and address the short- and long-term changes, both harm and opportunity can be unchecked.
Long-drought experiment bad news for plants and climate change
August 29, 2022
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Aug. 29, 2022 - KBS/IBio's Sarah Evans weighs in in a Science story about the global toll drought is having on plant growth.
Spotting human-driven snags in global sustainability quest
August 25, 2022
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Aug. 25, 2022 - A new paper in Ecology and Society shows how people's everyday lives can have significant global consequences.
EEB student's work about getting data to do more for biodiversity
August 25, 2022
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Aug. 25, 2022 - A new model extracts more information than ever from camera traps and other data sources to inform ecology studies and conservation efforts.
Bringing Indigenous wild rice research closer to campus
August 19, 2022
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Aug. 19, 2022 - Jen Owen works with AgBioResearch to create outreach and education programs while encouraging field work near East Lansing.
Three EEB scientists will help build NSF Biology Integration Institutes
August 16, 2022
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Aug. 16, 2022 - Anne Bronikowski, Elizabeth Heath-Heckman and Kevin Liu are leaders in two National Science Foundation Biology Integration Institutes.
How a little prairie can help farms and nature
July 29, 2022
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July 29, 2022 - A 30+ year study shows converting strips of farmland to prairie brings environmental benefits without sacrificing crop yields.
Panda success may appear in US/China science summit
July 27, 2022
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July 27, 2022 - Jack Liu's research collaborations that helped move pandas from endangered status has applications for major US-China summit.
Haddad on monarch butterflies making an endangered list
July 22, 2022
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July 22, 2022 - Nick Haddad blankets the news with concern about the rate of population decline for monarch butterflies, rated two steps from extinction by scientists.
Identifying farming strategies for global agricultural sustainability
July 21, 2022
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July 21, 2022 - Olivia Smith's quest for the sweet spot of farming strategies producing sufficient food, least environmental harm, and improved natural, social, and human wellbeing.
Monitoring wildlife to understand biodiversity changes
July 12, 2022
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July 12, 2022 - The Zipkin lab is helping conservationists optimize data collection to answer complex biodiversity questions at large scales. Work is published in Ecological Applications.
Society honors Mittan's talk about adaptation during range expansion
July 5, 2022
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July 5, 2022 - Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow Cinnamon Mittan wins the W.D. Hamilton Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution at the Evolution 2022 meeting.
Revealing 'evolution's solutions' to aging
June 27, 2022
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June 24, 2022 - In a Science publication, EEB faculty lead the largest-of-its-kind study on aging, longevity in reptiles and amphibians, helping identify species that essentially do not age.
Evolution-in-a-flask experiment moves, but not the science
June 27, 2022
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June 27, 2022 - After 34 years and some 75,000 generations, the prolific and fascinating bacteria leave the Lenski lab to continue evolving in Texas. MSU, however, is hardly letting go.
Bacteria bred for 2000 generations settle long-term evolution mystery
June 22, 2022
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June 22, 2022 - New Scientist Magazine covers MSU's long-running evolution experiment that suggests existing variation makes a smaller contribution to evolution than thought.
2 from EEB named to American Academy of Microbiology
June 16, 2022
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June 16, 2022 - Professor Christopher Waters and EEB alumnus Vaughn Cooper are now fellows in the group within the American Society for Microbiology.
MSU named charter member of Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
June 15, 2022
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June 15, 2022 - EEB's Rich Kobe, forestry department chair, led MSU to join the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science as a charter member.
Legendary bacterial evolution experiment enters new era
June 14, 2022
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June 14, 2022 - Rich Lenski's renowned 34-year-old evolution in a flask experiment is moving cross country, but carrying a lot of Spartan luggage. A Q&A is in Nature.
Shocker! Research reveals how fish evolved electric organs
June 2, 2022
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June 2, 2022 - Jason Gallant of Integrative Biology is part of a team that helped discover a small genetic tweak in electric fish that has implications for most vertebrates, including humans
EEB engineer scores $458K of early career support from NSF
June 2, 2022
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June 2, 2022 - Kevin Liu is named a recipient of the prestigious NSF Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards for exploring evolutionary insights via phylogenies.
New tool to detect species declines can help protect biodiversity
May 27, 2022
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May 27, 2022 - The Zipkin lab has developed a unique model to analyze declining biodiversity and understand the changes within individual species and across broader wildlife communities.
What guppy guts can teach us about evolution
May 26, 2022
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May 26, 2022 - Research by Sarah Fitzpatrick and Sarah Evans reveals how Trinidadian guppies - however humble - can help understand the gut microbiome as organisms evolve.
Scribner on team to bring lake sturgeons back to Michigan's waters
May 25, 2022
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May 25, 2022 - Fisheries and wildlife's Kim Scribner is on a team working to help restore the population of lake sturgeon - an ancient and vital fish species - in Michigan's Black River.
microbes
May 25, 2022
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May 20, 2022 - Master's student and EEB Digital Fellow Katrina Culbertson has the guts to work with core faculty members to understand the "other" beneficial microbes in the natural world.
Save the umbrella: an alternative way forward for conservation
May 23, 2022
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May 23, 2022 - PhD candidate and EEB Digital Fellow Beth Gerstner works with EEB core faculty to explore new ways to shape conservation beyond the cute and fuzzy.
Plant biologists honors Josephs with Early Career Award
May 17, 2022
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May 17, 2022 - The American Society of Plant Biologists honors Assistant Professor Emily Josephs for her work in the evolutionary genetics of wild and domesticated plants.
Sarah Evans named to prestigious Earth Leadership Program cohort
May 16, 2022
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May 16, 2022 - Evans will be one of 22 sustainability scientists enabled to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and become agents of change within and beyond their universities.
Nature Food paper upends food trade and biodiversity assumptions
May 16, 2022
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May 16, 2022 - The work of fisheries and wildlife's Jianguo "Jack" Liu and a graduate student examines the complexities of global food trade and the impacts on biodiversity hotspots.
Research helps farmers use birds to manage pests
May 11, 2022
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May 11, 2022 - Research by Catherine Lindell and Olivia Smith aims to alleviate confusion about how to take advantage of benefits some birds provide and discourage damage from pest birds.
Three EEB faculty honored with All-University Awards
May 1, 2022
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May 1, 2022 - EEB faculty Jeffrey Conner and Chris Waters celebrated as William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty and Marjorie Weber honored with the Teacher-Scholar Award.
Scientists say war devastation stretches across natural world
April 28, 2022
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April 28, 2022 - Jack Liu joins others in Nature noting the Russia-Ukraine war will affect biodiversity and the environment far beyond the war zones, and calls for accountability.
Seven seed grants to support EEB faculty initiatives
April 26, 2022
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April 26, 2022 - The second year of seed grants - totaling nearly $95,000 - will support a range of costs associated with launching competitive proposals for significant external resources.
The sky's limit: Making aerial wildlife surveys reliable
April 25, 2022
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April 25, 2022 - Aerial surveys are an efficient survey platform; however, they can yield unreliable data. Elise Zipkin and Kayla Davis outline a three-pronged approach to tackle the problem.
NSF grant to create an accessible supercomputer
April 25, 2022
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April 25, 2022 -  An MSU team, including Phoebe Zarnetske, wins a $399,865 Campus Cyberinfrastructure Planning Grant to open doors to advanced computational capacity.
ESA honors Liu with highest honor for ecological contributions
April 19, 2022
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April 19, 2022 - The Ecology Society of America honors Jianguo "Jack" Liu with the Eminent Ecologist Award for building interdisciplinary bridges in sustainability science.
EEB fellowships secure summer research for 16 graduate students
April 12, 2022
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April 12, 2022 - EEB's competitive fellowships provide financial support, allowing students to focus on their research. This year's awardees are an outstanding group from three colleges.
In soil, death doesn't stop the spread of antibiotic resistance
April 11, 2022
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April 11, 2022 - A team of EEB scientists show how dead bacteria in soil can introduce antibiotic resistance to live bacteria, which has big potential implications for farms.
EEB postdoc Smith shoots, scores in bird-related news
April 11, 2022
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April 11, 2022 - EEB Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow Olivia Smith supplements publications by writing, podcasting and photographing her way into four news items.
How severe will this year's tick season be?
April 8, 2022
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April 9, 2022 - Jean Tsao weighs in on NBC TODAY as ticks expand their reach, even more of the country will have to think about how to stay safe from tick-borne diseases.
Applying the lake trout genome in Lake Michigan
April 8, 2022
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April 8, 2022 - In an NPR podcast, EEB professor Kim Scribner and his lab discuss how recent efforts to map the lake trout genome might help the dwindling Lake Michigan population.
Russia's action expands what's defined as
March 30, 2022
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March 30, 2022 - Jianguo "Jack" Liu and Veronica Frans are two of the authors of an Ambio paper exploring the complex interactions that affect the Arctic's environment and people.
EEB's Presidential Postdocs embrace interdisciplinary exploration
March 29, 2022
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March 29, 2022 - The second cohort of MSU's Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows in EEB brings scholars who will encompass five disciplines for "collaboration, innovation and inclusivity."
The Rio pearlfish: big lessons from a little fish
March 6, 2022
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Mar. 6, 2022 - Andrew Thomson, Ingo Braasch, and their team publish the complete genome of the Rio pearlfish, which may further understanding of human health.
EEB researchers address big questions in climate change
March 3, 2022
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Mar. 3, 2022 - EEB members, including Kyla Dahlin and Phoebe Zarnetske, are working on some of the major challenges related to a changing climate and its impact on society.
Exhibit explored the art of archaeology
February 18, 2022
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Feb. 18, 2022 - A photography exhibit at the MSU Union Art Gallery displays the work of EEB digital media specialist Daniel Trego, which reveals the art in an archaeology dig in Greece.
Jessica Miesel receives $750K to investigate soil health
February 15, 2022
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Feb. 15, 2022 - Jessica Miesel and her team have received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study how wildfires affect soil health.
Kendra Spence Cheruvelil interim dean of Lyman Briggs College
February 10, 2022
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Feb. 10, 2022 - Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, professor in Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. has been approved as the interim dean of Lyman Briggs College.
A new model links mate selection to species survival
February 10, 2022
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Feb. 10, 2022 - In a new paper, Michigan State University evolutionary biologist Janette Boughman shows that the process of choosing a mate could be very important to the survival of the species.
Ofria named AAAS Fellow in record year for Spartan inductees
February 3, 2022
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Feb. 3, 2022 - EEB core faculty member Charles Ofria joins nine Spartans inducted - the largest number of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows in 10 years.
Finding the right balance to benefit birds, farmers and everyone else
January 20, 2022
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Jan. 20, 2022 - Work determines how best to act as matchmakers between birds and farmers to create long-term, mutually beneficial relationships to increase sustainability.
The effects of irrigation to the plight of farmland birds
January 19, 2022
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Jan. 19, 2022 - Xabier Cabodevilla and his team found that 55 percent of common bird species in northern Spain decreased in their occurrence rates as a result of irrigation.
Climate change center combines indigenous and western knowledge
January 17, 2022
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Jan. 17, 2022 - Michigan State University and the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians are fighting climate change while preserving Anishinaabeg cultural practices.
Postdoc's work pinpoints which birds pose food safety risk to crops
January 12, 2022
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Jan. 12, 2022 - A paper by postdoc Olivia Smith and colleagues at UC Davis shows farmers' concerns over foodborne risk from birds may not be as severe as once thought.
Grant to expand EEB's Preview Weekend
January 10, 2022
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Jan. 10, 2022 - The DEI committee, along with Kellogg Biological Station members wins a Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant to envision a ramping up the successful graduate preview weekend.
PhD student has The Conversation about modeling conservation
January 6, 2022
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Jan. 6, 2022 - CSIS PhD student Veronica Frans discusses broader uses for her new ways to model habitat for creatures returning to a home it will share with people.
Scribner wins best genetics paper in American Fisheries Society journal
December 22, 2021
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Dec. 22, 2021 -Work by Kim Scribner of fisheries and wildlife and integrative biology was honored with others for best genetics paper published in an American Fisheries Society journal.
Fitzpatrick and Borges craft a tale of growing up guppy in Ecology Letters
December 6, 2021
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Dec, 6, 2021 - EEB IBIO/KBS researchers have added an important piece to nature’s ecological and evolutionary puzzle with an assist from Trinidadian guppies.
Got Data? Instructors surveyed on using and teaching data science
December 2, 2021
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Dec. 2, 2021 - Nate Emery and collaborators are exploring how to best empower instructors to incorporate data science into biology and environmental science courses.
The health impact of the global meat trade
December 1, 2021
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Dec. 1, 2021 - Jianguo "Jack" Liu and colleagues point out in BMJ Global Health that producing red meat for export has environmental costs and harms consumers’ health.
Two EEB core faculty recognized in '2021 Highly Cited' list
November 29, 2021
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Nov. 29, 2021 - The Web of Science Group recognized MSU's Rufus Isaacs and Jianguo “Jack” Liu as two of the world's most influential researchers in the '2021 Highly Cited' list.
Benbow named CANR International Programs Global Scholar
November 24, 2021
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Nov. 24, 2021 - MSU researcher Eric Benbow has been named CANR Global Scholar and will join the program designed to enhance global engagement of early-career scholars.
Dahlin secures $1.1M NSF CAREER award
November 22, 2021
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Nov. 22, 2021 - Kyla Dahlin will lead research that takes a new approach to unravel the challenge of measuring carbon uptake at large scales with a prestigious CAREER award from NSF.
Preserving genetic diversity gives wild populations their best chance
November 17, 2021
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Nov. 17, 2021 - Sarah Fitzpatrick was part of a team that found that maintaining genetic variation is critical to allowing wild populations to adapt to future environmental changes.
PhD student guides New Zealand's coexistence with sea lions
November 9, 2021
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Nov. 9, 2021 - PhD student Veronica Frans' work to identify and map viable habitat for New Zealand sea lions, which are conservation success story, is featured in the New York Times.
Zipkin awarded Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship
October 27, 2021
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Oct. 27, 2021 - As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, EEB Director Elise Zipkin will build statistical modeling capacity to assess and predict the effects of climate change on species in Israel.
Two EEB members win first plant biology postdoc honors
October 25, 2021
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Oct. 25, 2021 - Nate Emery and Ash Zemenick were the winners of the inaugural Plant Biology Outstanding Postdoctoral Award, and both are mentored by EEB core faculty.
NSF supports exploring Arctic's complex human-nature changes
October 21, 2021
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Oct. 21, 2021 - $1.54 million National Science Foundation grant will support exploring consequences of climate change, natural resource development, shipping, and tourism in the Arctic.
This week on Radiolab: Of Bombs and Butterflies
October 17, 2021
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Oct. 15, 2021 - Nick Haddad walks Radiolab though two decades tricking beavers, dodging bombs, and rethinking the fundamental nature of life and death to save a butterfly from extinction.
Science of birds on the farm - a podcast
October 13, 2021
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Oct. 13, 2021 - MSU Extension discusses the science of birds on the farm and potential food safety information with EEB members Catherine Lindell and Olivia Smith.
EEB names two PhD students as the inaugural digital media fellows
October 6, 2021
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Oct. 6, 2021 - EEB grad students Katrina Culbertson and Beth Gerstner will embark on a year-long experience of training and creating in the field of science communication.
MSU group partners to harness the data revolution
October 5, 2021
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Oct. 5, 2021 - EEB members Jianguo “Jack” Liu and Sue Nichols will collaborate on a new NSF-funded national initiative to understand climate change and disaster risks and impacts.
Roughing it a little benefits pandas, EEB researchers find
October 4, 2021
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Oct. 3, 2021 - Newsweek Magazine is one of several news outlets that picked up research conducted by EEB alumni Thomas Connor and core faculty Jack Liu. "Panda sex" was the media's idea.
NIH funds Josephs to explore evolutionary mysteries of biology
September 29, 2021
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Sept. 29, 2021 - A $1.9 million NIH grant will support a plant biology approach to answer how it is that within the same species, individual responses to stimuli can dramatically differ.
Litchman's paper links groundwater with lake algal blooms
September 29, 2021
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Sept. 29, 2021 - An interdisciplinary research project's published findings about harmful algal blooms could lead to ways to predict the blooms to mitigate their impacts.
EEB members design multifaceted approach to study microbiomes
September 26, 2021
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Sept. 24, 2021 - Elena Litchman and Christopher Klausmeier land a $936,000 NSF grant to investigate one of the most complex and abundant communities on Earth - microbiomes.
Cutting-edge Sherlock app to make fish sleuthing a snap
September 26, 2021
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Sept. 24, 2021 - Mariah Meek and postdoc Nadya Mamoozadeh will work to develop a user-friendly fish identification tools funded by an NSF Convergence Accelerator Grant.
Fellowship to support grad student's biodiversity research in Africa
September 22, 2021
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Sept. 22, 2021 - The Russell E. Train Fellowship for Aspiring University Faculty from the World Wildlife Fund will support Sam Ayebare's research in an important ecoregion in central Africa.
EEB coder wins ICER fellowship and heads for the cloud
September 21, 2021
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Sept. 21, 2021 - PhD student Veronica Frans is awarded an MSU Cloud Computing Fellowship to receive training and support in developing research projects using cloud-based computing.
Beal Garden leadership transitions from one EEB member to another
September 17, 2021
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Sept. 17, 2021 - EEB's Frank Telewski is retiring from MSU and as the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden director after 29 years. Alan Prather in plant biology has been named interim director.
Liu recognized with World Sustainability Award
September 15, 2021
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Sept. 15, 2021 - Jack Liu is honored with the World Sustainability Award for groundbreaking work integrating both humans and nature, as well as translating the work into policy and practice.
New trail makes nature more accessible at Corey Marsh
September 8, 2021
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Sept. 8, 2021 - Jen Owen's work - and donations - has turned a 400-acre vegetable farm into a site for ecological restoration research and an outreach hub and gathering place for nature lovers.
Fish genetics reveal human health, evolutionary history insights
August 30, 2021
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Aug. 30, 2021 - Published in Nature Genetics, Andrew Thompson and Ingo Braasch led a project that included more than two dozen researchers to assemble the bowfin genome.
Mapping the lake trout genome to ensure the species' future
August 25, 2021
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Aug. 25, 2021 - PhD student Seth Smith and his team work to create a reference genome for lake trout to support state and federal agencies with reintroduction and conservation efforts.
Is it getting too hot for Midwestern butterflies?
August 19, 2021
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Aug. 19, 2021 - With a grant from the Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, Elise Zipkin and colleagues will use 30 years of butterfly surveys to shed new light on the “Insect Apocalypse.”
Biodiversity needs better data archiving
August 18, 2021
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Aug. 18, 2021 - An international team led by EEB postdoc Rachel Toczydlowski audited the largest global repository of genetic data to examine the associate metadata - and usability - of the data.
Evolution experiment informs how the coronavirus evolves
August 13, 2021
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Aug. 13, 2021 - EEB former director Richard Lenski lends wisdom from the Long-Term Evolution Experiment in an article on the likely path of Covid-19 in The New Yorker.
Advancing understanding of plant response to stress
August 9, 2021
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Aug. 9, 2021 - In Evolution Letters, Emily Josephs examines if a plant’s environmental response to stress is adaptive or just a sign that the stress is altering their ability to function.
EEB science scribe writes about Arctic seismic waves
August 6, 2021
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Aug. 6, 2021 - Integrative biology PhD candidate Lauren Koenig steps into another realm to write about earthquake risk gauged by sensors in the archipelago of Svalbard.
Ecologists honored for endangered species forecasting work
August 6, 2021
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Aug. 6, 2021 - Sarah Saunders and Elise Zipkin created a model to understand threats to endangered species, earning the ESA Ecological Forecasting Outstanding Publication Award.
Decoding crop genetics with artificial intelligence
August 5, 2021
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Aug. 5, 2021 - Shin-Han Shiu leads a team aiming to give plants their best chance to withstand threats such as drought and disease using AI with a new $1.4 million grant from the NSF.
NSF grant to integrate research and science outreach
August 3, 2021
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Aug. 3, 2021 - Entomology’s Henry Chung plans an innovative approach to use basic research to fuel new science outreach - including for students in STEM - at the MSU Bug House.
Two members receive USDA-NIFA postdoctoral fellowships
July 29, 2021
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July 29, 2021 - Postdocs Jennifer Jones and Olivia Smith will each receive $165,000 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support their research projects.
Climate change pressuring monarch butterflies
July 19, 2021
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July 19, 2021 - Erin Zylstra and EEB Director Elise Zipkin lead a team evaluating the causes behind monarch butterfly declines, published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. 
Inheriting mother's friends key to hyena success
July 14, 2021
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July 15, 2021 - In an article featured on the cover of Science, Kay Holekamp demonstrates how spotted hyenas' social networks inherited from their mothers are key to their success in life.
Grant helps MSU welcome bees and butterflies to campus
June 30, 2021
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June 30, 2021 - Not only does MSU have 20,000 trees on campus, it’s also becoming a more friendly place for bees, butterflies, and other native pollinators thanks to a new grant.
Exploring the relationship between zebra mussels and toxic algae
June 29, 2021
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June 29, 2021 - Stephen Hamilton is part of a team examining zebra mussels' relationship with toxic blue-green algae that forms harmful blooms in lakes, published in Ecosphere.
Two grad students receive university fellowships
June 28, 2021
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June 28, 2021 - Two EEB doctoral students in Kay Holekamp's laboratory are awarded zoological scholarships from Michigan State University's College of Natural Science.
Toxoplasma induces fatally bold behavior in hyena cubs
June 28, 2021
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June 28, 2021 - Published in Nature Communications, a team of current and former EEB members finds that the parasite Toxoplasmais associated with bold behavior in hyena cubs.
Borges wins Botanical Society research award
June 19, 2021
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June 19, 2021 - Integrative biology PhD candidate Isabella Borges receives award from the Botanical Society of America to promote graduate student research in the botanical sciences.
Science blog covers longest running evolution experiment
June 18, 2021
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June 18, 2021 - The popular YouTube science blog Veritasium covers EEB member and former director Rich Lenski's three decades of research on evolution in a test tube.
EEB digital media specialist explores visual storytelling
June 14, 2021
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June 14, 2021 - Digital media specialist Daniel Trego is featured for exploring the visual means of the preservation of natural habitats while studying through Photographers Without Borders.
Liu honored with Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science
June 10, 2021
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June 10, 2021 - EEB member Jianguo "Jack" Liu is the recipient of the first major international prize for outstanding scientific work that promotes sustainable development globally.
Simple app helps you avoid ticks this summer
June 3, 2021
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June 3, 2021 - The Tick App, created by Jean Tsao with scientists at Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin, makes reporting a tick easy and provides tips about tick prevention.
Ask the Expert: EEB's Brudvig fields Beal seed Twitter questions
June 1, 2021
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June 1, 2021 - Lars Brudvig held a Twitter "Ask Me Anything" session on May 25 to sow interest in MSU's Beal seed project and answer questions related to restoration, ecology, and plant biology.
Sand scrutiny takes sustainability stage
May 24, 2021
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May 24, 2021 - EEB member Jianguo "Jack" Liu is part of a team seeking to understand sand use and extraction and ways to achieve economic and environmental justice.
15 years of bee sampling reveals the effects of extreme weather
May 20, 2021
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May 20, 2021 - Rufus Isaacs and colleagues caught an unexpected glimpse of how variable weather can impact bees, reported in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.
Owen honored for innovated teaching
May 10, 2021
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May 10, 2021 - EEB faculty member Jen Owen has been awarded the Howard and Lili Camden Endowed Teacher/Scholar Award for her teaching innovation, many students and mentorship.
Academy honors Benbow for forensic science contributions
May 7, 2021
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May 7, 2021 - The American Academy of Forensic Sciences awarded Eric Benbow with the pathology/biology section’s “Achievement in the Forensic Life Sciences Award."
EEB fellowships secure summer research for 12 graduate students
May 5, 2021
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May 5, 2021 - The PhD students, including two awarded the Don Hall Fellowship, are receiving funds that will enable them to spend the summer focused on their research.
Isabela Borges receives prestigious student research award
May 3, 2021
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May 3, 2021 - EEB graduate student is one of ten honored by the society with an award that supports research advancing conceptual unification of ecology, evolution, or behavior.
Jiquan Chen named Fulbright Global Scholar
April 30, 2021
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Apr 29, 2021 - EEB faculty member Jiquan Chen will represent the United States as a Fulbright scholar, promoting collaborations between MSU and European and Australian universities.
EEB plants support in member proposals with six seed grants
April 26, 2021
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Apr 26, 2021 - EEB's new seed grant initiative will grow the ability for core faculty to put together competitive, collaborative proposals to external funding agencies.
The New York Times digs 142-year-old Beal seed experiment
April 23, 2021
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Apr 23, 2021 - Four EEB faculty are featured in the story of MSU's venerable Beal seed viability project which every 20 years digs up bottles to understand mechanisms of plant survival.
EEB postdoc recognized for excellence in mentoring
April 22, 2021
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Apr 22, 2021 - Sophie Picq is awarded the 2021 MSU Postdoctoral Excellence in Teaching and/or Mentoring Award (PETMA) for her support of undergraduate and graduate students.
MSU team explores environmental restoration's long-term picture
April 20, 2021
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Apr 20, 2021 - A team led by Lars Brudvig shows that restoration efforts can brighten an ecosystem’s future, but cannot erase its past in an article published in PNAS.
Jenna Walters explores climate change and blueberry pollination
April 12, 2021
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Apr 12, 2021 - EEB graduate student Jenna Walters shares her passion for entomology and insect photography, and her research on the impacts of extreme heat on blueberry pollination.
Novel windows through time open fresh views of long-term research
April 9, 2021
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Apr 9, 2021 - MSU postdocs lead an analysis looking at the consistency of long term data using the Kellogg Biological Station's 30-year LTER site in a new paper published in Ecology Letters.
A discovery that 'literally changes the textbook'
April 9, 2021
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Apr 9, 2021 - In a new paper in Science, Ingo Braasch's expertise in fish biology and genetics helps researchers rewrite evolutionary history and shape future health studies.
First EEB postdoctoral fellows bring accomplishment, ambition
April 6, 2021
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Apr 6, 2021 - Three women bring impressive resumes and exciting ideas as the inaugural group of MSU Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior.
To intervene or not to intervene? That is the future climate question
April 5, 2021
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Apr 5, 2021 - In an article published in PNAS, a team co-led by Phoebe Zarnetske examines the possibility and consequences of geoengineering a cooler Earth.
EEB student named Out to Innovate Fellow
April 2, 2021
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Apr 2, 2021 - Toby SantaMaria is a winner of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) Ben Barres Fellowship.
$2.8 million NIH grant supports Chris Waters's cholera work
March 31, 2021
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March 31, 2021 - Uncovering the genetics behind a cholera pandemic is being funded with a $2.8 million NIH grant to microbiology and molecular genetics professor Chris Waters.
Elena Litchman lands prestigious award for scientific excellence
March 11, 2021
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March 11, 2021 - Elena Litchman is the recipient of the 2021 G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO).
Three EEB members recognized for research and teaching excellence
March 10, 2021
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March 10, 2021 - A core faculty member receives the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award and two graduate students recognized for teaching in this year's All-University Awards.
USDA grant to support blueberry pest management strategies
February 19, 2021
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Feb 19, 2021 - Rufus Isaacs leads a team in a new $325,000 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant aimed to evaluate new blueberry pest management strategies.
Former EEB director receives lifetime achievement award
February 12, 2021
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Feb 12, 2021 - Experimental evolutionary biologist Richard Lenski has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society for the Study of Evolution.
Studying how an infectious disease-causing pathogen thrives
February 11, 2021
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Feb 11, 2021 - Eric Benbow lands a $2.5 million NSF grant to study Mycobacterium ulcerans, a pathogen that causes infectious disease and flourishes in tropical regions.
EEB members gain high profile from being
February 11, 2021
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Feb 11, 2021 - Jean Tsao, Isis Arsnoe, and Genevieve Pang lead a study published in PLOS Biology exploring why tick-carrying lizards in the southern U.S. are less likely to carry Lyme Disease.
PhD candidate explores intersection of science and faith
February 8, 2021
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Feb 8, 2021 - EEB graduate student Veronica Frans from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources writes for BioLogos about her journey of both the globe and of faith.
Scientists advocate breaking laws – of geography and ecology
February 3, 2021
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Feb 3, 2021 - Two EEB core faculty members are among scientists shaking up the closely held geology belief that local things are related more than things far away.
Fields of breeders' dreams: Targeted crop improvements
February 3, 2021
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Feb 3, 2021 - In a new paper published in Nature, a team including MSU's David Lowry examined the use of switchgrass plants in fighting climate change to improve crop growth.
PhD student Katherine Skocelas to study how immune systems evolve
February 1, 2021
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Feb 1, 2021 - Katherine Skocelas, an EEB PhD student in the MSU College of Engineering, has been awarded a three-year National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.
EEB member named to prestigious Earth Leadership Program
February 1, 2021
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Feb 1, 2021 - MSU's Sarah Evans is among 21 people named to the North American Cohort of the Earth Leadership Program, which trains outstanding researchers for environmental leadership.
MSU scientists conduct largest freshwater insect census in U.S.
January 29, 2021
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Jan 29, 2021 - Graduate student Laura Twardochleb and Phoebe Zarnetske led the largest census of freshwater insects ever undertaken in the United States, the first of its kind.
Twenty-two EEB faculty on world's top scientists list
January 28, 2021
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Jan 28, 2021 - One third of the core faculty in Michigan State University Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program are ranked among the most influential scientists in the world.
MSU researcher receives grant to continue lake sturgeon study
January 25, 2021
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Jan 25, 2021 - Kim Scribner has received a $780,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for research to restore declining lake sturgeon populations in Michigan.
Building on Beal: The power of basic science
January 15, 2021
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Jan 15, 2021 - The MSU Alumni magazine highlights Rich Lenski’s Long-Term Evolution Experiment (LTEE), which has produced over 73,000 generations of E. coli bacteria since 1988.
busy city landscape
December 15, 2020
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Dec 15, 2020 - In an essay commissioned by the UK's Royal Society, Jianguo "Jack" Liu discusses the new ways science can understand the tangle of human want, consumption, and conservation.
Photo of Doug Landis in a field
November 24, 2020
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Nov 24, 2020 - Doug Landis named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his role uncovering the effect of landscape structure in regulating insect biodiversity.
bacteria under a microscope
November 3, 2020
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Nov 3, 2020 - In a new paper published in PNAS, Nicolas Fernandez, Chris Waters and colleagues connect remarkable bacterial research across decades, from Minnesota to Michigan.
gar fish
November 2, 2020
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Nov 2, 2020 - Ingo Braasch was awarded a $1.6 million grant from the NSF to establish the spotted gar fish as a model organism to spur research in evolution, development and human biology.
animals in a museum
October 22, 2020
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Oct 22, 2020 - Jianguo "Jack" Liu is part of an international team of scientists analyzing multiple, interlinked and ambitious goals for nature in a United Nations effort published in Science.
map of china and its grasslands
October 16, 2020
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Oct 16, 2020 - Jiquan Chen has joined several scholars in publishing the first in a planned series of volumes enabling the broader international community to explore the ecosystems of China.
group shot of students and professor
October 5, 2020
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Oct 5, 2020 - Postdoctoral researcher Nate Emery and colleagues examined the effectiveness of teaching professional development programs in a new study published in Science Advances.
people in a classroom
October 1, 2020
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Oct 1, 2020 - Marjorie Weber leads a $1 million NSF grant to study how inclusion of diverse role models in science instruction affects student attitudes about STEM courses and careers.
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September 28, 2020
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Sep 28, 2020 - Graduate student Alex Wright takes a look at what falls through the gap between scientifically informed conservation decisions and their outcomes – and how to move forward.
students out in the field
September 25, 2020
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Sep 25, 2020 - Will Wetzel is researching how extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, and temperature variability patterns, impact natural and agricultural ecosystems in Michigan.
photo of Gary Roloff
September 25, 2020
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Sep 25, 2020 - MSU professor Gary Roloff received the inaugural 'You Belong Here Champion Award' for seeing diversity, equity and inclusion as critical to developing effective STEM leaders.
photo of a plant and roots
September 23, 2020
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Sep 23, 2020 - Carolyn Malmstrom is part of a research team awarded a $1 million Department of Energy (DOE) grant to study "sticky roots" and the fate of soil carbon in natural ecosystems.
plant specimen
September 14, 2020
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Sep 14, 2020 - Alan Prather and colleagues from 25 institutions received a $3.6 million NSF grant to image and digitize lichen and bryophyte specimens housed in their respective collections.
school of fish
August 31, 2020
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Aug 31, 2020 - Sarah Fitzpatrick will investigate the genetic factors that facilitate or limit adaptation with an NSF grant through the new Bridging Ecology and Evolution program.
hands in a circle
August 20, 2020
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Aug 20, 2020 - Kendra Spence Cheruvelil co-leads a collaborative, $1.4 million NSF grant between MSU and UM to study inclusive environments in STEM faculty and within academia.
damselfly on grass
August 6, 2020
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Aug 6, 2020 - Graduate student Laura Twardochleb leads a team to determine how cold-blooded animals - whose body temperature depends on weather - will handle climate change.
landscape depicting a drought
July 29, 2020
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Jul 29, 2020 - Sarah Evans received a $1.4 million grant from the NSF to study the effect that droughts have on soil and the carbon cycling process — a critical determinant of future climate change.
Genetics chart
July 8, 2020
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Jul 8, 2020 - Gideon Bradburd received a $1.84 million Early Stage Investigator Award from the NIH to study the spatial population genetics related to human adaption to the environment.
burned forest
July 6, 2020
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Jul 6, 2020 - Jessica Miesel received a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to explore the ability of forests to be resilient and recover from forest fires.
Project Biodiversify text
June 26, 2020
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Jun 26, 2020 - Marjorie Weber and Ash Zemenick explore a potential demographic mismatch in scientists featured in biology textbooks and the students who use them.
North America
June 12, 2020
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Jun 12, 2020 - With a $1.5 million NSF grant, Phoebe Zarnetske will lead a team to investigate biodiversity and geodiversity using continental-scale data collected via NEON.
two butterflies on flowers
June 7, 2020
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Jun 7, 2020 - Elise Zipkin received an NSF grant to unite diverse data sources into a novel and flexible statistical modeling framework to assess the status, trends and dynamics of biodiversity.
A spring fed lake
June 2, 2020
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Jun 1, 2020 - Postdoc Whitley Lehto was awarded an Ecological, Evolutionary, and Conservation Genomics Research Award to study epigenetics and plasticity in the Iceland stickleback.
Pagoda Spring
June 1, 2020
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Jun 1, 2020 - Fredric Janzen has been named director of the Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station (KBS), effective June 1, 2020 and joins the faculty of the EEB program.
mariah meek in a boat
May 29, 2020
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May 29, 2020 - Mariah Meek received the 2020 Early Career Conservationist Award from the Society for Conservation Biology for her outstanding contributions to conservation using genomic data.
3 people in a field
May 18, 2020
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May 18, 2020 - Sarah Cusser and Nick Haddad demonstrate significant benefits to the environment and crop yields for farmers practicing no-till versus tilled agriculture consistently over many years.
zoom call
April 13, 2020
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Apr 13, 2020 - In Nature Ecology and Evolution, a team of 13 current and former MSU postdoctoral researchers outline strategic reforms to support the world’s growing postdoctoral workforce.
Newt
April 7, 2020
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Apr 7, 2020 - Graduate student Patric Vaelli led a team to discover an invisible, and highly influential, neurotoxin-producing bacteria that lives on the rough-skinned newt's skin.
Prairie land
April 6, 2020
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Apr 6, 2020 - Graduate student Anna Funk and colleagues investigated fields of data going back 20 years to find out why some replanted prairies are healthier than others.
rocky landscape with brush
March 23, 2020
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Mar 23, 2020 - Ashley Shade's lab puts microbes under extreme heat to understand disaster response strategies that facilitate the rescue and recovery of these ecologically crucial communities.
snake
February 13, 2020
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Feb 13, 2020 - In a Science cover article, Elise Zipkin and colleagues document the collapse of a tropical snake community after an invasive fungal pathogen wiped out most of the area’s frogs.
wetlands
February 1, 2020
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Feb 1, 2020 - The Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center, an ideal spot for natural resources and ecological restoration research, will be led by Jen Owen and host long-term research projects.
sierra nevada mountains
January 29, 2020
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Jan 29, 2020 - Satellite remote sensing technology is giving a research team led by Phoebe Zarnetske a powerful lens to view landscapes that set the stage for earth’s biodiversity.
sun setting on crop field
January 8, 2020
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Jan 8, 2020 - Using seedling data, Shinhan Shiu has shown that farmers and scientists can improve adult crop trait predictions with accuracy that rivals current approaches using genetic data.
school of guppies
January 6, 2020
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Jan 6, 2020 - In a new paper in Current Biology, Sarah Fitzpatrick and colleagues examine genetic rescue by tagging close to 10,000 Trinidadian guppies to study evolution in the wild.
hand holding a globe
January 2, 2020
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Jan 2, 2020 - Jianguo "Jack" Liu and colleagues developed systematic methods to perform a first assessment of a country’s progress in achieving sustainable development goals.