Category Archives: Notes from the Field

The phage from the local lagoon

This post is by MSU postdoc Sarah Doore Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about doing some hunting with a graduate class here at Michigan State University. I’m not talking about hunting in the traditional sense though, since what … Continue reading

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Beneficial bacteria in Oz

This post is by MSU grad student Colleen Friel Increasing agricultural sustainability is an important research focus in the face of climate change, rapid population increase, and growing food insecurity. Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers have fueled a huge boom in agricultural productivity … Continue reading

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Smells like Mean Sprit

This post is written by BEACON’s own managing director Danielle Whittaker about her work that has been accepted pending minor revisions in a special issue of Journal of Comparative Physiology A.  Fighting is risky – at best, it uses up energy … Continue reading

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Better Together: Of Hyenas and Men

This post is written by MSU grad student Zachary M. Laubach “A guy needs somebody―to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you. I … Continue reading

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Getting to the Stem of Central Nervous System Regeneration

This post is by UW grad student Shawn Luttrell Why do some animals regenerate missing or damaged tissue and organs while others do not? How are animals able to regenerate new tissue and do they all use the same genetic program? Was … Continue reading

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Male battles split species apart

This post is by MSU postdoc Jason Keagy How do species form? Stated more precisely, how does one species become two? This turns out to be an immensely difficult question to answer, because 1) species are not always distinct entities (species … Continue reading

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BEACON in the News: (How) does a bear walk in the woods?

This week BEACON grad student Katie Shine and her PhD advisor Craig McGowan at the University of Idaho are getting a lot of news coverage for their research investigating bear locomotion using live bears from Washington State University (grizzlies) and … Continue reading

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Introducing BEACON’s New Science Outreach and Communication Postdocs

This post is by MSU postdoc Alexa Warwick. Alexa Warwick is the new Evolution Education and Outreach Postdoc at BEACON working with Dr. Louise Mead. Alexa worked on her Ph.D. with Drs. Emily Lemmon and Joseph Travis at Florida State … Continue reading

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How lemur social networks shape microbial transmission

This post is by UT Austin graduate student Amanda Perofsky. Primates exhibit diverse ecological and behavioral patterns, ranging from solitary foragers to several hundred individuals, as in the multi-level societies of hamadryas baboons [1]. Many wild primates live in social … Continue reading

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Evolutionary excursion into the depth of the human psyche?

This post is by MSU postdoc Arend Hintze. Let me tell you about my excursion to the Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung (Max Planck Institute for Human Development) in Berlin. I met the director Ralph Hertwig a while ago interviewing for a job, … Continue reading

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