EBIO Staff and faculty standing outside ketchum

Ketchum Renovation

Dec. 10, 2015

Ketchum Arts & Sciences is a four-story building in the heart of campus. Designed by Charles Klauder and constructed in 1938, it is considered one of the best examples of the Tuscan Vernacular architecture on the CU Boulder campus. EBIO has held classes in Ketchum for years, notably, Ecology, GenBio...

Students holding their dyed scarves.

Innovative Courses: Insect Biology (EBIO 4660/5660)

Dec. 8, 2015

Students from Insect Biology (EBIO 4660/5660, taught by Deane Bowers and Tim Szewczyk) lab dyeing silk (produced by caterpillars of the silk moth, Bombyx mori ) with a dye made from cochineal insects (a small white scale insect that feeds on prickly pear cactus). The dark pink is from the...

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A changing season means a changing diet for bison

Dec. 1, 2015

November 25, 2015 • Natural Sciences North American bison adjust their diet seasonally in order to take full advantage of the growing season when grasses become less nutritious, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered. The findings of a new study indicate that bison are not entirely reliant...

Congrats to Lauren Shoemaker and Topher Weiss, Dean's grants recipients!

Dec. 1, 2015

Congratulations to Lauren Shoemaker and Topher Weiss-Lehman, who are recipients of the 2016 Dean's Grants! It is very rare when one department has multiple recipients, but EBIO has done this three years in a row, showing what a talented group of graduate students we have. Well done Lauren and Topher!

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Stacey Smith Awarded NSF CAREER Grant

Nov. 18, 2015

Flowers from the Petunieae: a colorful system for research and education. Clockwise from top right: Petunia, Calibrachoa, Nierembergia, Brunfelsia Stacey Smith , assistant professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department has just been awarded her NSF Career grant . The NSF CAREER program offers the National Science Foundation's most...

Photo of pink microscopic organism.

Noah Fierer featured in The New Yorker!

Nov. 10, 2015

Congratulations to Noah Fierer for his recent involvement in an article published in The New Yorker, regarding his work investigating the microorganisms that live in our household dust. You can read the full article here , as well as the BBC and Discovery News articles on this research. Some of...

Photo credit to M Cantor Whitehead Lab Dalhousie

How singing structures whale societies

Nov. 10, 2015

Whales have a remarkable social structure much like that in humans and other primates. They form hierarchical societies. In the journal Nature Communications, EBIO graduate student Lauren Shoemaker and colleagues show for the first time that this hierarchical structure is formed by whale song. Their collaborative paper stems from a...

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Geoff Legault wins the 2015 Volterra award

Oct. 8, 2015

EBIO graduate student, Geoff Legault from the Melbourne lab was selected as the winner of the Volterra award for best student poster in theoretical ecology for his presentation at this year's Ecological Society of America meeting. His poster was entitled "The distribution of birth and death in Daphnia magna: Implications...

Citheronia caterpillar eating leaf

Can gut microbes help insects overcome plant defenses?

Sept. 9, 2015

EBIO graduate student Tobin Hammer and Professor Deane Bowers were recently featured on the cover of Oecologia . How are herbivorous insects able to subsist on a diet that is often rich in toxic chemical compounds? In this issue Hammer and Bowers outline the ‘Gut microbial facilitation hypothesis,’ arguing that...


Ecology advancing the fight against infectious diseases

Sept. 9, 2015

In a new study published today in the journal Science, EBIO Professor Pieter Johnson and colleagues demonstrate how community ecology, which focuses on how species interact across different scales of biological organization, can provide new analytical tools for thinking about diseases and their wide-ranging impacts. Despite continued medical advances, infectious...