UGA Ecology “Parasite Ladies” Take Second Place in NSF Graduate Education Challenge

Dara Satterfield, Sarah Budischak, and Sara Heisel, doctoral students in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, have taken second place honors in the National Science Foundation Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge, the NSF announced on June 13, 2013.

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New studies reveal connections between animals’ microbial communities and behavior

New research is revealing surprising connections between animal microbiomes?the communities of microbes that live inside animals? bodies?and animal behavior, according to a paper by University of Georgia ecologist Vanessa O. Ezenwa and her colleagues.

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Mouse to elephant? Just wait 24 million generations

Scientists have for the first time measured how fast large-scale evolution can occur in mammals, showing it takes 24 million generations for a mouse-sized animal to evolve to the size of an elephant.

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“Think globally, act locally” also applies to extinction

Study finds considerable regional variation in the impacts of extinction on biodiversity When a species becomes extinct, its loss has an impact on global biodiversity. But a new study by University of Georgia researchers has found that species extinctions may have even greater impacts at the regional level, depending upon how closely related the lost species are to others nearby.

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Study may help predict extinction tipping point for species

What if there were a way to predict when a species was about to become extinct?in time to do something about it? Findings from a study by John M. Drake, associate professor in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, and Blaine D. Griffen, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, may eventually lead to such an outcome?and that is only the start.

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