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    Students in Dr. Britson's Anatomy & Physiology course study the heart and other aspects of the circulatory system
    Dr. Day's interests are centered on the brain regions involved in spatial and motor learning
    The UM Field Station is a 740-acre research and educational facility that is used by a number of Biology faculty & students
    Biology professor emeritus Dr. Keiser holds a broad-headed skink while teaching his herpetology course
    Dr. Parsons is a recognized expert on sharks, skates, and rays of the Gulf of Mexico
    Butterfly collection
    Researching the Mississippi River ecosystem
    Students working with Drs. Cliff Ochs and Colin Jackson research microorganisms in the Mississippi River as part of an NSF-funded project
    A rocket carrying seedlings for a plant development experiment for Dr. John Kiss launches into orbit
    Graduate students study fire ecology and ecological restoration in the Rocky Mountains as part of a USDA-funded training program in forest restoration ecology
    Dr. Gary Gaston shows students in his Intro Biology course some of the organisms found on the UM campus
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    Dr. John Kiss receiving the NASA medal for Outstanding Public Leadership at NASA Ames in California
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    Sexy Dancers Have Bigger Brains: Day Lab research makes journal cover and editor's pick

    Brain, Behavior and EvolutionResearch by faculty member, Lainy Day, post-doctoral student Willow Lindsay and two undergraduate co-authors was recognized as the editor's pick for this month's issue of Brain, Behavior, and Evolution, http://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/369244 . Illustrations from the paper also made the cover of the journal. The editor's pick is freely available for download in this journal that is normally available by subscription only. The paper demonstrates that when males are attracting females, the more complex the dance is the larger is the size of the male's brain - at least in the family of birds known as the manakins, Pipridae. This group of birds lives in Central and South America and males perform courtship displays for females that vary in complexity from simple alterations in typical avian flight patterns to wildly acrobatic displays punctuated by loud snapping sounds made by the wings of the birds.

    Biology Graduate Student Cody Jordan Receives 'Research/Conservation Award'

    CodyAwardMBWGBiology graduate student, Cody Jordan, received the 'Research/Conservation Award' at the 2015 Mississippi Bat Working Group annual meeting. He was nominated for and received this award for work done as part of his thesis research with assistance from the MBWG. Cody's Master of Science thesis research, supervised by Dr. Richard Buchholz, is focused on Rafinesque's big-eared bats (Corynorhinus rafinesquii), an uncommon species. The colony at his study site is the only known colony of this species in Lafayette county. His research has yielded new information on population size and structure, roost characteristics, and foraging behavior. This information will be used for conservation and management decisions regarding the roost because it is located in a rapidly deteriorating building.

    VIDEO: Science Friday Is 'Hot' For Turkey Research

    turkeyThe popular national show Science Friday  highlights the research of Richard Buchholz, associate professor of biology, for clues as to what a female turkey finds "hot" in a male.

    With its fanned plumage and bold strut, a male wild turkey's display conjures images of Americana and festive feasts. But this bird's grandstanding isn't intended for human eyes—it's for female turkeys who actually use it to discern a male's genetic prowess. How exactly she parses performances to pick a suitor can be a fairly complex enterprise.

    Watch the Science Friday VIDEO>>

    Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant Award Winner


    Stuart Nielsen and Agama lizard

    Congratulations! Biology Ph.D. student Stuart Nielsen (right), a member of Dr. Brice Noonan's laboratory group, has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation. This award will allow Stuart to continue his work on the evolution of lizards of southern Africa, including the Agama lizards (far right). His rigorous analyses of mechanisms thought to be driving diversification will greatly enhance our understanding of this unique and complex region.

    Three-minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Winners

    Biology graduate student Mariah Meachum (Ph.D., Hoeksema laboratory) was a 2nd place winner in our university's 3-minute thesis (3MT) competition, (click to see video) in which graduate students were challenged to present a concise summary of their graduate work to a general audience. Congratulations to those who made it to the 2nd round of competition: Tim Colston, Sarah Crocker-Buta, Ariel Dauzart, Jamie Wood and Mariah Meachum.