Registration for the 2021 Bama Biology Bootcamp is open

Bama Biology Bootcamp (B³) is a one-week intensive program run by the Department of Biological Sciences for students enrolled in or planning to enroll in BSC 114 or 118. Its purpose is to help students make a successful transition from the expectations of high school to those of university, setting the stage for a great […]

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Newly published research from the Caldwell lab suggests an answer to a long-standing medical mystery

Newly published research from the lab of Drs. Guy and Kim Caldwell (a.k.a., The Worm Shack) suggests an answer to a long-standing medical mystery: specifically, why it is that tobacco smoking, a well known risk factor for a variety of diseases, actually protects individuals from Parkinson’s Disease?  This research, led by UA Biological Sciences Ph.D. candidate, Brucker Nourse, and performed in […]

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Research on forest structure and composition led by DBS alum Susanne Weisner featured

Congratulations to Starr lab alum Susanne Weisner and her co-authors including Dr. Starr, Dr. Staudhammer, and Dr. Cherry for having their paper Forest structure and composition drive differences in metabolic energy and entropy dynamics during temperature extremes in longleaf pine savannas selected to be featured as one of the AGMET Editors’ choice papers of December […]

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Dr. Kocot’s team took the long way to Antarctica

Dr. Kocot and his team are currently on board the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer and underway to study the biodiversity of deep sea invertebrates in waters off Antarctica. Typically Antarctic research expeditions are executed from Chile, New Zealand, or Tasmania, Australia, but the COVID-19 pandemic made this a difficult year for the National Science Foundation, […]

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Dr. McKain awarded NSF Rules of Life grant

Dr. McKain has been awarded an NSF Rules of Life grant entitled “RoL: RUI: Collaborative Research: Understanding the Ecological and Genomic Bases of Local Adaptation in an Obligate Pollination Mutualism”, led by colleagues at Willamette University with collaborators at California State University—Northridge, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and the US Geological Survey Western Ecological Research […]

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Climate change disturbs animal microbiomes

Climate warming not only threatens individual species, but also disturbs entire ecosystems. A new study in Nature Climate Change by Dr. Sasha Greenspan and other Becker Lab members and collaborators explored how warming effects on ecological communities influence the animal gut microbiome, a group of microbes that helps animals stay healthy. They set up miniature […]

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Drs. Cherry & Mortazavi awarded grant to study recovery of restored tidal marshes

Coastal wetland restoration is increasingly utilized to offset wetland loss and degradation and to recover ecosystem services, making it important to evaluate the relative effectiveness and times to functional equivalence of different restoration strategies. Two critically important services provided by coastal wetlands are carbon storage and nitrogen removal. By restoring or creating wetlands, it is […]

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Drs. Atkinson, Benstead and Jones awarded EPSCoR grant to study intermittently flowing streams

Drs. Atkinson, Benstead and Jones have been awarded an EPSCoR RII Track 2 FEC proposal titled “Aquatic Intermittency effects on Microbiomes in Streams (AIMS),” led by colleagues at the University of Kansas and with collaborators at University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Oklahoma, Kansas State University, and Idaho State University. This 4-year project with a start date […]

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