A live imaging of all three cell types found at the neuromuscular junction allows us to visualize changes to synapses over development (glia: green; muscle SSR: blue: neurons: red). Photo: Vanessa Auld

Photo: W.K. Milsom

This photo is the first record of an Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) on Herschel Island, Yukon. Photo: Alistair Blachford

Pisaster ochraceus is the original keystone predator, and controls biodiversity on rocky shores. The Harley lab studies how the impacts of this sea star may change with climate change. Photo: Chris Harley

Nicholas Pyenson inspects vertebrae of a fossilized whale. Photo: Shadwick Lab

Darren Irwin's lab is investigating migratory connectivity in populations of Wilson's warbler. Photo: David Toews

A scanning electron micrograph of two pulsating gregarines copulating within the coelomic space of a bamboo worm. Brian Leander's lab studies these enigmatic parasites, which inhabit the extracellular cavities of marine invertebrates. Photo: B. Leander

Seen near Kluane Lake, Yukon, on the BIOL 409 field course taught by Mark Vellend and Darren Irwin. Photo: M.V.

Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) school together in Scotch Creek, BC. Tony Farrell's lab is investigating how cardiac performance limits the ability of salmon to tolerate high temperatures. Photo: M. Casselman

Rosie Redfield used candy to make a stop-motion movie of DNA uptake by a Haemophilus influenzae bacterium. Photo: R. Redfield

A Collared Lemming (Dicrostonyx groenlandicus) on an arctic island.
Photo: Alistair Blachford

David Toews found that eastern (shown here) and western winter wrens are reproductively isolated where they appear together, and are therefore distinct species. Photo:

Whelk laying egg capsules, for study of biopolymers. Photo: Shadwick Lab

Caribou on Herschel Island in the arctic ocean, site of an International Polar Year project. Photo: Alistair Blachford

Red sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus) at low tide. Graduate student Sarah Nienhuis is studying how ocean acidification will affect the growth and feeding rates of these animals. Photo: Chris Harley

The extracellular matrix covers the entire nervous system and is necessary to ensure the survival of the glial cells that wrap, insulate and protect the nerves. Photo: Vanessa Auld

Tony Farrell's lab is investigating how cardiac performance limits the ability of salmon to tolerate high temperatures. Photo: M. Casselman

The brain of a fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, stained to visualize a set of approximately 50 neurons. Among the visualized neurons is a pair that controls a specific component of feeding behaviour. Photo: M. Gordon

A fully armoured male marine stickleback in breeding condition. The Schluter lab studies evolution of marine into freshwater forms in B.C.'s coastal lakes. Photo: Rowan Barrett

Endocytosis of the transmembrane protein Gliotactin (red) is mediated by tyrosine kinase signaling (green) and is necessary to control epithelia cell survival and permeability barrier function. Photo: Vanessa Auld

For their graduate research Mervin Hastings and T. Todd Jones went to Tortola, British Virgin Islands and collected leatherback hatchlings as they emerged from the sand about 65 days after the female deposited the eggs in the dunes. Photo: M.H.

Goldbogen and Pyenson measure the largest bones on earth -- 7m long mandibles from an Antarctic blue whale. Photo: Shadwick lab

The flight lab investigates aerodynamics, sensory-motor integration, and the evolution of these features. Much work focuses on BC hummingbirds, including Anna's (shown here) and on diverse assemblages of tropical hummingbirds in Central and South America. Photo: Benny Goller

Long-tailed Jaeger on Herschel Island, Yukon, site of an International Polar Year project. Photo: Alistair Blachford

Adam Ford won the Governor General's Gold Medal for the best Ph.D. dissertation at UBC. Here's proof. The title of his thesis is "The Mechanistic Pathways of Species Interactions in an African Savanna".

Nerves get damaged if stretched, but UBC researchers have discovered that the largest baleen whales have nerve cables that can stretch and recoil. Nice coverage here.

Chris Harley talks about the sea star apocalypse.

Goller and Altshuler are hacking hummingbird brains to see what cues the birds need for a stationary hover.

Delmore and Irwin have shown that hybrid birds take lousy, in-between migration routes.

Chris Harley in the news discussing the impacts of ocean acidification.

A Wall Report talk by Sally Otto about the mathematics of evolution.

Jane Roskams and Rosie Redfield have articles in UBC Reports about brain injuries and massively open online courses.

We welcome our new Administrator, Katie Pikor.

Michael Gordon has been named as the recipient of the 2015 Canadian Association for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award to be presented 24 May at the Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting in Vancouver.

Michael Doebeli has been awarded a 2015 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation as one of the foremost mathematical evolutionary biologists in the world and leader of a paradigm shift in understanding speciation.

Bill Milsom, grad-alumnus Graham Scott, and colleagues have a paper in Science (16 Jan 2015, 347:250-254) revealing the metaboolic cost and flight strategy of high altitude migration by bar-headed geese traveling over the Himalyayas.

Charley Krebs has been awarded the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research ! He received it in October in Quebec City.

Michael Doebeli has won an award for his contributions to the mathematical theory of the evolution of diversity and the evolution of cooperation -- the 2014 Research Award of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society.

Vanessa Auld's lab has won a Microscopy Award in the GE Healthcare Life Sciences Cell Imaging competition. The prize included a trip to New York to accept the award, and this showing of the image in Times Square! (video)

Grad alumnus David Hik has won the 2013 Martin Bergmann Medal for excellence in Arctic leadership and science. He is a professor at U of Alberta and former executive director of the Canadian International Polar Year Secretariat.

Tony Sinclair has received the The Wildlife Society's Aldo Leopold Memorial Award for 2013 for his distinguished service to wildlife conservation. Our Ian McTaggert Cowan also won this, in 1970.

Postdoc alumnus Jessica Meir has been selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate. Go Jessica!

Sally Otto has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. That is a great big nod to the magnitude of her accomplishments.

Colin Brauner has received the Faculty of Science Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the Faculty.

Michael Whitlock has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences! Among its Fellows are more than 250 Nobel Prize laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

Greg Crutsinger has received one of two awards given by the Peter Wall institute for the Visiting Scholar Abroad program -- to do research at Mpala Research Centre in Kenya.

Doug Altshuler and colleagues have been awarded a Research Grant from the Human Frontier Science Program to study the "Visual control of flight modes and transitions in birds". These grants support high risk, cutting edge research for teams of international collaborators.

Congratulations to Mary O'Connor who has been selected as a 2013 Alfred Sloan Research Fellow.

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