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Jacob Dohetry: Vertebrate Evolution

July 10, 2015

Because I have a background in paleontology, I am interested in the “big steps” in vertebrate evolution. One of the best ways to study this is evolutionary developmental biology. I like to call it live-action” paleontology, because we seek to resolve major evolutionary questions about how animals evolved using living...

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Rob Baker: Shoot Architecture Development

July 10, 2015

I use a comparative approach to investigate the evolution and development (evo-devo) of shoot architecture. Typically, evo-devo studies seek to understand the molecular and developmental basis of morphological change. These studies have focused primarily on macroevolutionary problems by comparing fixed developmental patterns across broad phylogenetic distances, often between model organisms...

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Sarah Orlofske

March 20, 2015

My research interests are in the field of disease ecology, a growing area within the EBIO department with diverse student and faculty interests. Specifically, I focus on diseases and parasites of amphibians. Currently, I am investigating the transmission mode of trematode free-living stages to their amphibian hosts using Ribeiroia ondatrae...

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CU-Boulder study paved way for stocking state’s ‘true’ greenback cutthroat into wild

Aug. 15, 2014

A genetic sleuthing effort led by the University of Colorado Boulder that resulted in the identification of Colorado’s “true” native greenback cutthroat trout two years ago has come full circle with the stocking of the official state fish into Colorado’s high country. Roughly 1,200 greenback cutthroat fingerlings reared in federal...

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Abbey Paulson: Community Phylogenetics

July 15, 2014

I am a Ph.D student in the EBIO department here at CU and I am researching the community phylogenetics and trophic interactions in invaded and native aquatic communities in a Mojave Desert spring system. My research focuses primarily on the following three areas: Phylogenetics of invaded freshwater communities Landscape genetics...


Kika Tuff: Habitat Loss

July 14, 2014

It's impossible to pinpoint when my interest in biology began. When is the first time you noticed an insect and thought, "Why is it doing that?" Lucky for me, I had a mother and teachers that nurtured this curiosity that I think we all have from a very early age...

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Katie Dosch: Community Dynamics of Parasites

July 10, 2014

The focus of my research is exploring the community dynamics of parasites. In particular, I am interested in how the diversity of parasites might interact with the occurrence and severity of disease. I am using mathematical modeling and metacommunity theory to investigate patterns of regional abundance, species sorting, and community...

Toby Hammer publishes report on the internal bacterial makeup of butterflies

Jan. 31, 2014

For the first time ever, a team led by Toby Hammer at University of Colorado Boulder has sequenced the internal bacterial makeup of the three major life stages of a butterfly species, a project that showed some surprising events occur during metamorphosis. Congratulations on the publication of this exciting work!...