Ryan Lynch receives NASA award
Ryan Lynch, a graduate student with the EBIO department received an award from NASA's Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Reseach in Astrobiology. Ryan received the award for his project titled "Understanding the Traits of Chemosynthetic Bacteria From a Martian Analog in the High-Elevation Atacama Region"
Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life on Earth and in the universe. It encompasses research in, among others, the fields of astronomy, chemistry, evolutionary biology, field and population biology, geology, microbiology, molecular biology, oceanography, paleontology, and planetary science. Astrobiology includes investigations of the geologic and fossil record to understand the conditions of the early Earth when life arose. Its scope also includes research of contemporary locations on Earth that might be similar to early earth and to environments elsewhere in our Solar System.
Jennifer Wilkening offered Fulbright Award
Jennifer Wilkening, an EBIO student in Sharon Collinge's lab has been offered a Fulbright award to study pikas in India.
Fulbright students are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The 67-year-old program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It operates in more than 155 countries and currently awards about 8,000 grants annually to U.S. students, foreign students, U.S. scholars, visiting scholars, teachers and professionals.
Jennifer has worked closely with Chris Ray studying pika physiology and their response to climate change here in the Front Range. She will spend her Fulbright studying a closely related species in India. Congratulations Jennifer!
Bill Franz has won the Campus Sustainability Award
The Campus Sustainability Award started in 1997 as a means of recognizing CU's commitment to reducing the burden that the campus places on the enviornment. Bill Franz has embraced this comittment wholeheartedly and has undertaken many projects within the department with this philosophy in mind. One such project included replacing all of the aging, less efficient computers with gently used, energy efficient models which were sourced locally. Thank You for your service - Congratulations Bill!
Two new books by Emeritus Professor, Marc Bekoff
In the book titled: Ignoring Nature No More, Marc Bekoff and a host of renowned contributors argue that it is time to employ a new mind-set about nature - one that centers on empathy, compassion, and being proactive. You can obtain more information about the book here.
In his children's book titled: Jasper's story, Marc explores the conservation work that he performs in China, which involves the rescuing of the endangered Moon Bears from the bear bile industry. More information about the book can be viewed here .
Congrats to Miranda Redmond and the Barger lab for their paper on Pinyon Pine cone production and regional warming - 02/20/13
In a paper appearing recently in the journal Ecosphere, published by the Ecological Society of America, the study's co-authors linked a 2.3 degree Fahrenheit temperature rise over four decades recorded at nine research sites to a decline in pinyon pine seed cone reproduction. Leading the study was CU doctoral student Miranda Redmond and Assistant professor Nichole Barger. Joining them as co-author on the study was Frank Forcella of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More information about this groundbreaking study can be found by clicking here. Additional press coverage can be found on the Ecological Society of America Journal and the Boulder Daily Camera. Congratulations!
Congrats to Pieter Johnson and his lab for establishing the underlying mechanisms between increased biodiversity and disease risk - 02/13/13
The Johnson lab researchers spent three years sampling 345 wetlands and recording malformations in amphibians— which included missing, misshapen or extra sets of hind legs. These deformaties caused by parasitic infections, were recorded in 24,215 amphibians. The results showed that ponds with half a dozen amphibian species had a 78 percent reduction in parasite transmission compared to ponds with just one amphibian species. The research team also set up experiments in the lab and outdoors using 40 artificial ponds, each stocked with 60 amphibians and 5,000 parasites. You can view more details about this groundbreaking study here. Congrats to the Johnson lab!
Erin Tripp's new book published by the New York Botanical Garden - 02/13/13
Erin Tripp's new book titled: Lichens and Allied Fungi of Great Smoky National Park, has recently been published by the New York Botanical Garden Press. Congratulations Erin!
Medeiros lab secures National Science Foundation Grant - 12/18/12
The Medieros lab has just been awarded a National Science Foundation. It is a 3 yr sole-Principal Investigator grant for $530,000. The grant will be used to study the origin of the vertebrate head skeleton, using lampreys and amphioxus as models for our ancient jawless and invertebrate chordate ancestors. Congratulations to Dan Medieros and his lab!
Collinge lab secures renewed National Science Foundation funding - 12/12/12
The Collinge lab has been awarded $449,999 in continued funding from the National Science Foundation. This award will support their long-term research on vernal pool plant community ecology and restoration. Congratulations to the Collinge lab!
Phi Beta Kappa award goes to EBIO student - 5/3/12
Rachel Wildrick, a BA/MA student in the Safran lab, has been awarded a prestigious Crisp Fellowship which will pay her tuition during the 2012-2013 academic year at CU, enabling her to complete her excellent MA work. Competition for this fellowship from the Phi Beta Kappa Honor's Society was incredibly fierce this year. Safran describes Rachel as "one of our star EBIO undergrads, earning summa cum laude for her honor's thesis in her junior year among other fantastic acknowledgements of her intellect and talents. She has set very high goals for her MA work and I am confident she will achieve them." Congratulations to Rachel!
New from the Cruz Lab - 4/24/12
Noise pollution alters ecological services: enhanced pollination and disrupted seed dispersal, was just published in Proceedings of Royal Society B. Clint Francis, PhD 2010 EBIO, was the lead author, and one of our current graduate students, Nathan Kleist, was a co-author. Other authors include Catherine Ortega and Alex Cruz. The paper has already generated a lot of publicity including NSF Press Release, BBC Radio, BBC News, MSNBC, Discovery News, Science News, Science Daily, and many more. The work will also be featured in NPR and in an upcoming issue of Times Magazine.
EBIO master's thesis research gets national attention - 4/4/12
EBIO student Amanda Williams' masters thesis research was just published in Animal Behaviour, and has already picked up some attention: it was selected as an editor's choice for an "In Focus Featured Article" and was also picked up by New Scientist.
EBIO students come out on top in NSF graduate research fellowship competition - 4/2/12
EBIO student Amanda Hund from the Safran lab has been offered a NSF graduate research fellowship. Other EBIO students, including Nathan Kleist from the Cruz and Guralnick labs, Ryan Lynch from the Schmidt lab, Kika Tarsi from the Davies lab, and Rachel Wildrick from the Safran lab, also earned recognition in the competition with Honorable Mention statuses.
Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grants gifted to 16 EBIO grad students - 4/2/12
The EBIO Graduate School has given 16 current students grants ranging from $1000 to $2000. Congratulations to Anna Peterson, Amber Churchill, John Mischler, Brian Stucky, Gaddy Bergmann, Scott Ferrenberg, Amanda Hund, Max Joseph, Samantha Weintraub, Abbey Paulson, Matt Wilkins, Chelsea Cook, Sarah Orlofske, Miranda Redmond, Natalie Robinson, and Susan Whitehead.
EBIO graduate student awarded Campus Sustainability Award for Student Leadership - 4/2/12
EBIO grad student Samantha Weintraub just received the Campus Sustainability Award for Student Leadership. She has put in a lot of time into sustainability efforts and EBIO and Ramaley Hall, not to mention the environment, have already benefited from her work. There will be a luncheon awards ceremony in her honor on April 26. Congrats to Samantha!
EBIO's Mitton and Scott find mountain pine beetles are doubling their reproductive cycle - 3/20/12
Jeffry Mitton, an EBIO professor at CU, and one of his Ph.D. candidates, Scott Ferrenberg, have found that mountain pine beetles have developed the ability to reproduce twice instead of once a year. Mitton and Ferrenberg are the first to report this, attributing the reproductive change to climate warming, and their detailed findings will be in the May 2012 issue of The American Naturalist. The American Society of Naturalists has already given the work some extra buzz. Their article on the topic can be found here. The Boulder Daily Camera also wrote an article on the pair as well.
UPDATE: Colorado Public Radio also gave some attention to this research. Listen here!
EBIO's Breed and Nufio appointed to prominent positions in the Organization for Tropical Studies - 3/13/12
The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a consortium of 63 universities and research institutions in the United States, Latin America and Australia. Two of EBIO's own, Mike Breed and César Nufio, were recently elected to prominent positions in the organization. Breed will be OTS's new Chairman of the Board and Nufio will be the new Chair of the Education Committee. Congratulations to both!
Media recognition for EBIO's Andrew Martin and his classroom "flipping" - 2/19/12
Andrew Martin's Evolutionary Biology class at CU Boulder is getting media recognition because of his modern teaching style of "flipping". With flipping, instead of a traditional passive-listening lecture, students are broken into discussion groups during class. Before class students may watch lectures online, listen to podcasts, or do readings to get a basic understanding of the material. Then, during class time, students do more of what traditional teachers would deem homework, working through problems and helping peers gain understanding through discussions. Read more about Martin's classroom from the article about him in The Chronicle.
Boulder Daily Camera recognizes Johnson and Safran - 2/17/12
The Boulder Daily Camera, Boulder's daily newspaper, featured EBIO professors Pieter Johnson and Rebecca Safran for their recent NSF CAREER awards. More on the awards can be found on this page in the news updates on 11/30/11 and 11/29/11. Check out what our wonderful faculty are doing in this coverage from the popular press: Two CU-Boulder scientists win National Science Foundation awards.
Medeiros lab secures double grants, NSF EAGER and NIH R03 - 2/7/12
The National Science Foundation gave the Medeiros lab the EAGER (EArly-concept Grant for Exploratory Research) award to turn the invertebrate chordate Amphioxus into a genetic model system. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) R03 helps support small projects that have the potential to be turned into 5 year NIH R01 proposals - in this case the grant will support the identification of direct transcription regulators of neural border formation in vertebrates. The grants, which will start April 2012, will bring in nearly 400,000 dollars to CU over the next two years. EBIO student Tyler Square and EBIO postdoc Dr. Aaron Garnett helped with preliminary data gathering for the grants.
Michael Breed earns "Outstanding Academic Title" recognition from Choice Magazine - 12/20/11
In each January issue, Choice Magazine publishes a list of the Outstanding Academic Titles of 2011, a list EBIO Professor Michael Breed found himself on for his work editing the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. Breed worked alongside Janice Moore to edit the work, which has over 300 entries and covers concepts from animal learning and navigation to animal welfare.
Pieter Johnson scores another NSF CAREER award for EBIO - 11/30/11
CU EBIO Assistant Professor Pieter Johnson was just announced as another NSF CAREER award recipient. Johnson's award marks the second NSF CAREER award for EBIO faculty this year. The $700,000 award spans for five years and will be applied to understanding how community diversity affects disease. Johnson currently researches disease emergence and species invasions at CU-Boulder.
Rebecca Safran to receive an NSF CAREER award - 11/29/11
EBIO Assistant Professor Rebecca Safran has just received one of the National Science Foundation's top awards from the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The CAREER award is given to junior faculty members who have strengths as both teachers and scholars. Safran will use the $850,000 award to collect data on the genomic signatures of speciation. The 5-year award will fund research expeditions throughout the northern hemisphere to collect data on a young but rapidly diverging group of populations in order to study the process of biodiversity evolution from genetic, morphological and ecological perspectives. An exciting range of teaching innovations related to this work will be completed via film-making, extensive international collaboration and local citizen science projects.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for Miranda Redmond - 11/28/11
Miranda Redmond, currently a Ph.D. candidate working under faculty advisor Nichole Barger, has just been awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP). GRFP recipients receive three years of support from the National Science Foundation including an annual stipend of $30,000 and a cost-of-education allowance to the university of study. The title of her research is "The Vulnerability of Pinyon Pine to Changing Climate along the Colorado Plateau".
Cruz lab's new paper receives immediate buzz - 11/10/11
In a paper published on November 9, 2011, in PLoS ONE, EBIO co-authors Clinton Francis, Catherine Ortega, and Alexander Cruz showed that in areas of high noise pollution it is actually the larger birds who are driven away. The researchers suggest this is because the lower pitch of their songs is more readily drowned out, leading members of the same species to have a difficult time communicating. Major science news organizations have already taken notice and have featured the article in blogs and news blurbs - find them at Science and Discovery News. The original article can be found here.
Opportunity for underrepresented graduate students - deadline September 19
The Colorado Advantage Graduate Preview Weekend (October 13-15, 2011) provides an opportunity for underrepresented students to preview the doctoral programs of EBIO and other CU Boulder Science, Technology, Engineering and Math departments. Application details may be found here.
Teaching innovations in EBIO enhanced by science teaching fellows - 9/5/11
Welcome to Dr. Anne-Marie Hoskinson and Dr. Sarah Wise who join us as science teaching fellows. Anne-Marie and Sarah will be collaborating with small working groups of faculty to build on our teaching innovations, including enhanced learning goals and more active learning environments. They are funded by a Science Education Initiative grant of $480,000 awarded to EBIO based on a strong proposal written by Andy Martin, Barbara Demmig-Adams, William Adams, Nichole Barger, John Basey and Sam Flaxman.
EBIO research team finds Southern Rockies pikas holding their own - 9/2/11
Pikas are sensitive to changes in temperature and snowpack, which have driven them to higher elevations and even local extinction in some areas of the western US. But doctoral candidate Liesl Erb, with Rob Guralnick, Chris Ray, and EBIO undergraduate research assistants Gavin Dean, Justine Smith, and Lizzy Studer, have found that pikas are doing better in the Southern Rocky Mountain region than elsewhere. See the full story here and featured in the Daily Camera.
Great news from the Seastedt lab: NSF grant to study environmental change - 9/1/11
Tim Seastedt got the good news of a new, large NSF grant. "Ecosystem transformations along the Colorado Front Range: Prairie dog interactions with multiple components of global environmental change", $851,704.00 (3 years), Tim Seastedt PI, Jesse Nippert (KSU) and Laurel Hartley (CU-Denver) Co-PIs.
In a nutshell: This study will measure how the new plant species are exploiting climate and resource changes, measure how grazing activities by prairie dogs are influenced by these new species, and assess the effects of these interactions on plant communities and soils. This research is important because it evaluates the contention that directional changes in climate and concurrent changes in plant species can alter the role of an animal from one that contributes to community resilience and diversity (i.e., a keystone species) to one that can alter community structure in previously undocumented ways (i.e., an ecosystem transformer).
High Honor for Barbara Demmig-Adams - 8/24/11
Barbara Demmig-Adams has been elected to membership in Leopoldina, the National Academy of Sciences for Germany/Austria/Switzerland. This is the highest academic honor awarded by an institution in Germany and more than 157 Nobel Laureates are fellows of Leopoldina. Past fellows include Darwin, Goethe and Ernest Rutherford.
Many congrats to Barbara!
Great news from the Stock lab! NSF grant to study irreversible evolution - 7/12/2011
David Stock has just received a 3 yr, $500,000 NSF grant for his project entitled "Causes and Consequences of Dentition Reduction in the Zebrafish Lineage."
Abstract. The direction of evolution is determined not only by the environments to which organisms are exposed, but also by features of their genetic and developmental programs that constrain the ability to vary. A pattern indicative of such “developmental constraint” is irreversible evolution, or the failure of lost structures to reappear when organisms return to ancestral environments or behaviors. An example of irreversible evolution is the reduction of tooth-bearing locations in cypriniform fishes. Teeth in this group, which includes minnows and suckers, were lost from the mouth and upper throat over 50 million years ago and are retained only on the lower surface of the throat. The lost teeth have never returned, despite the adoption of ancestral feeding modes by multiple lineages of this diverse group. The project will identify genetic changes that occurred in association with loss of teeth in cypriniforms and test the hypothesis that irreversible evolution is the result of accumulated changes in multiple genes and developmental pathways. In addition, genetic engineering approaches will be applied to a common laboratory cypriniform, the Zebra Danio, in an attempt to restore lost teeth. The enhanced understanding of developmental constraint is relevant to the practical question of whether species will be able to adapt to manmade environmental change or will instead become extinct. In addition to providing research training at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels, the project will produce modified fish strains that will enhance courses in Fish Biology and Genetics at the University of Colorado, as well as an exhibit at its Museum of Natural History.
Congrats to David and his lab!
"Pika Patrol" Citizen-Science Project Receives Support - 6/20/2011
Chris Ray has received a $5500 grant from the Office of University Outreach to support a citizen-science program focused on the American pika. The Front Range Pika Project is a collaborative effort led by Chris and her EBIO graduate students (Liesl Erb and Jennifer Wilkening), and supported by the Denver Zoo, Center for Native Ecosystems, CSU's Natural Resources Ecology Lab, and Colorado Division of Wildlife. Trained citizens on the "Pika Patrol" will document details of the pika's distribution around the State, to evaluate hypothesized effects of climate change during this long-term study. Interns wanted, starting this Fall!
CU-Boulder receives $5.9M grant to continue research at Niwot Ridge 6/16/2011
Read more about the grant at the daily camera: http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-news/ci_18285749?IADID=Search-www.dailycamera.com-www.dailycamera.com
Weevils Zap Wicked Weed of the West! - 4/26/2011
Tim Seastedt's research on biological control of spotted knapweed, dubbed the “wicked weed of the West,” a “national menace,” and a “weed of mass destruction” is featured here in the current edition of College of Arts and Sciences Magazine.
EBIO undergraduate awarded prestigious Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship - 4/20/2011
Good news about one of our EBIO undergraduate students - Cacia Steensen. Cacia was the recipient of the Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship valued at nearly $150,000 over five years. Cacia will also be graduating with highest honors (Summa cum Laude) this semester. Read more about Cacia in CU Arts and Sciences Magazine.
Two grants to Rob Guralnick: Earth's biodiversity and response to climate change - 4/7/2011
Rob is Co-Investigator on "Integrating global species distributions, remote sensing information and climate station data to assess recent biodiversity response to climate change" Awarded from the NASA Climate and Biological Response: Research and Applications program, $1.67mil total budget, ~188K to CU Boulder.
Rob is PI on "ABI Development: Collaborative Research: VertNet, a New Model for Biodiversity Networks." Awarded from NSF Advances in Biological Informatics program, ~$2.4 mil. Total budget, $310K to CU Boulder.
Fulbright grant to Joey Knelman - 4/6/2011
Joey Knelman, who is finishing his MA with Diana Nemergut and has been admitted to our PhD program, has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays grant to spend a year in Tromsø, Norway conducting research in rhizosphere ecology - the ecology of interactions between plants and soil microbes around plant root systems. The research aims to increase crop yields and the sustainability of agriculture by enhancing nutrient delivery to plants through the microbial organisms, while reducing the need for fertilizer and chemical use.
Congratulations and an akvavit toast to Joey!!
Mike Breed featured in Arts & Science Magazine - 4/4/2011
Mike Breed's Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior is featured here in the current Arts and Sciences Magazine and was just reviewed in Choice, a very important tool used by librarians in evaluating books for adoption.
EBIO undergrad Ian Buller wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship - 4/1/2011
Ian Buller is one of 275 Goldwater awardees selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,095 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. Ian is a junior majoring in EBIO and plans to specialize in disease ecology to identify unknown diseases in remote areas, study their emergence, and design control programs. He aspires to discover previously unknown diseases. Ian has worked in Pieter Johnson's lab since the spring of 2009 on the Amphibian Necropsy Task Force, where he is currently team leader. He has a forthcoming publication as co-author in the scientific journal Ecology. Ian is also a first year class advisor and participant in the President's Leadership Class, one of CU's premier leadership development programs.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.
CU graduate hosts Science Channel show - 3/29/2011
Linda Rayor, a University of Colorado EBIO graduate and now a faculty member in entomology at Cornell University, is hosting "Monster Bug Wars" on the Science Channel. The show premieres tonight. Check out the preview video clips here.
Check it out!
Two EBIO faculty win Excellence Awards - 3/29/2011
The Boulder Faculty Assembly will honor Steve Schmidt and Barbara Demmig-Adams tomorrow afternoon at its annual awards ceremony. Steve Schmidt will receive the BFA Excellence in Research Award, and Barbara Demmig-Adams will receive the BFA Excellence in Teaching Award.
Congratulations to you both!
EBIO major Rachel Wildrick wins Van Ek award - 3/14/2011
Rachel Wildrick is a junior in EBIO, enrolled in our BA-MA program, and about to defend her honor's thesis. Wow! The Van Ek award is the highest award given to undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences and is awarded for outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the university community.
Rebecca Safran is Rachel's mentor and sponsor for the Award. Both Rachel and Becca will be honored in a ceremony this spring.
Nine EBIO graduate students win Bev Sears grants - 3/11/2011
We have just learned that Nathan Kleist, Amy Trowbridge, Brittany Jenkins, Rob Baker, Sarah Orlofske, Sierra Love Stowell, Tim Farkas, Dan Preston, and Susan Whitehead have received Beverly Sears grants in amounts ranging from $750-$2000.
Congratulations to all!
Demmig-Adams, Adams and Lewis are EAGER at NSF - 3/11/2011
Barbara Demmig-Adams, William Adams, Ralph Jimenez, & Bill Lewis have received an EAGER grant from the National Science Foundation! Assessing Functional Diversity of Algal Communities at the Single Cell Level with a Compact Multi-function Microfluidic Cytometer (2011-2012) $205,000.
Dr. Patrik Nosil a Packard nominee! - 3/2/2011
Patrik Nosil has been chosen as one of two candidates who will be put forward as the University's nominees for the Packard Award. This is a tremendous honor Patrik was selected from among 17 of the campuses most accomplished junior faculty.
Congrats to Patrik!
What the heck is a Bdelloid rotifer? - 2/16/2011
Mike Robison, graduate student in the Schmidt lab, is now one of the world's experts on one of the most ubiquitous groups of soil and aquatic eukaryotes! Their paper, entitled "Soil rotifer communities are extremely diverse globally but spatially autocorrelated locally" has just appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. To see the abstract, go to:
www.pnas.org/content/early/2011/02/16/1012678108.abstract has just appeared in PNAS.
Alan Townsend - Google climate change communicator - 2/15/2011
Congratulations to Alan Townsend, who has been chosen as one of only 21 Google Science Communication Fellows. He was chosen from among an elite group nominated by leaders in climate change research to communicate the science of climate change to the public. This is a tremendous honor and opportunity for him, as well as a large feather in CU's cap, and a statement of our high standing nationally in the science of climate change.
Alan is a faculty member in EBIO and ENVS (where he is Chair) and a member of INSTAAR.
Mike Breed wins Prose Award - 2/10/2011
Mike Breed's "Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior" has just won a 2010 Prose Award from the Association of American Publishers. This is a highly esteemed award that recognizes the very best in professional and scholarly publishing. Mike's book (co-authored with Janice Moore) was among 45 scholarly publications selected for the award from a record breaking 491 entries.
Darwin Week! - 2/7/11-2/11/11
Darwin Week at the University of Colorado, Boulder, sponsored by the Secular Students and Skeptics Society there, running February 7-11. Featured are Vic Stenger on "Cosmic Creationism," a screening of the film Creation followed by commentary from Carol Cleland, Johannes Rudolph on "The Irreducible Complexity of DNA Building Blocks," John Stocke on "Science and Spirituality," Matt Young on "Evolution Confers Morality," Mike Klymkowsky on "Why Understanding Evolution is Hard and Hard to Accept," Sarah Wise on "Reading Darwin's Doodles," and Douglas Duncan on "Why Do People Misunderstand Science? Maybe It's the Way We Teach Them!"
EBIO wins science education grant - 1/19/2011
Andy Martin (PI) and CoPIs William Adams, Nichole Barger, John Basey, Barbara-Demmig-Adams, and Sam Flaxman have just learned that their proposal to CU's Science Education Initiative has been funded. They have garnered $480,000 to support "Increasing Teaching Effectiveness in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology". This funding will have profound and lasting benefits for the entire department.
Congratulations and Thanks to all of you!!