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

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

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

Photo: W.K. Milsom

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Immature Porcellidium viride on eelgrass, BC's central coast. Photo: Al Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Prof Diane Srivastava is the new Director of the Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution, that promotes and funds synthesis research and runs specialized training workshops (CIEE, news).

Delmore and Toews, alumni of the Irwin lab, have found that songbirds have a small cluster of genes determining migration route. This has important implications for diversification and speciation. cbc ubcnews physorg

Dakin, Fellows and Altshuler are decifering how hummingbirds perceive potential obstacles during flight. ubcnews vansun

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.

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Huge congratulations to Dolph Schluter for being elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He is elected as a foreign member, which is particularly prestigious as there are just a few each year.

Bill Milsom has won a BC Community Achievement Award for his many years of community volunteer work with the First Aid Ski Patrol and North Shore Rescue Team, and for his long service as an academic leader and mentor at UBC.

President Obama awarded Nick Pyenson, PDF alumnus, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honour bestowed by the U.S. Government on scientists in the early stages of their research careers.

Wayne Maddison and his brother David will be awarded the President's Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Society for Systematic Biology. This is given at most every 4 years, by the primary society in phylogenetic biology/systematics.

Trish Schulte will receive the 2016 Award of Excellence from the American Fisheries Society at their meeting in August. This is the Society's highest award for scientific achievement, given to recognize original and/or outstanding contributions to fisheries and aquatic biology.

Dimitri Skandalis, a PhD candidate, won the William S. Hoar Award for the best student paper at the Canadian Society of Zoologists annual meeting (May2016). His talk was "Allometry of aerodynamic force reveals hummingbirds minimize wing velocity to maximize performance".

Sally Otto has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Michelle Tseng and Mary O'Connor have shown experimentally that the presence of predators can speed prey adaptation to a warming environment, an important insight in an age of predator extirpation and climate change. ubcnews globalnews

Postdoctoral fellow Anne Crémazy has been awarded the International Copper Association Chris Lee Prize for Metals Research ($5000) by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry for her doctoral research.

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.

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