Tag Archives: experimental evolution

BEACON Researchers at Work: Evolving Complex Traits

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Idaho postdoc Matthieu Delcourt.  The evolution of complex traits is one of the major enigmas in evolutionary biology. While we know a lot about phenotypic variation within populations, … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Invisible Hand of Evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU postdoc Jeff Morris. As the 18th century dawned over Europe, pretty much everybody believed the world was as it was because of a mysterious divine plan. But during the … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The role of resource mutualisms in plant adaptation to abiotic environments

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Tomomi Suwa.  When you get thirsty, what do you do? You simply get something to drink, right? Plants don’t have the ability to move like animals, so … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Studying drug resistance in bacteria

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Idaho postdoc Silvia Smith. Humans, like any other organism, impact their environment as their natural history unfolds. As the result of selection for increased brain size and improved … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Ecology and evolution of scent production in PNW Sasquatch

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Washington students Sarah Hammarlund and Katie Dickinson. The existence of the Sasquatch (also referred to as Bigfoot) has been debated for centuries. Alleged witnesses have described the forest-dwelling … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Expanding the Genetic Code

This week’s post is by UT Austin graduate student Michael Hammerling. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawn to philosophical questions about the nature of life and its relationship to the physical world. While it became clear … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Visualizing and understanding ‘context dependence’ in evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Sudarshan Chari. Have you ever wondered about the relative contribution of nature vs. nurture? Or why certain individuals are more susceptible to a disease, or respond better … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Origin of a Species?

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU postdoc Zachary Blount. I love big questions. I tend to walk around, my head in the clouds, questions flitting through my head. I admit that I have walked into … Continue reading

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Goldilocks and the Three Mutators

This blog post is by MSU graduate student Mike Wiser. Many things in life seem to follow the Goldilocks principle: both too much and too little of something can be worse than striking a balance somewhere in between. Goldilocks saw … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Cheaters never win

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Washington graduate student Adam Waite. Why do we cooperate? It’s easy enough to understand the benefits of cooperation. When we pay taxes, for example, we are contributing to … Continue reading

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