Chris Smith (left) and Rebecca Safran (right) re-examined the evolution of barn swallows and found that they may indeed have evolved alongside barns. Photographs courtesy of Rebecca Safran and Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado Boulder.

Barn swallows may indeed have evolved alongside barns, humans

Nov. 6, 2018

As humans evolved and expanded, so too did barn swallows, new research from CU Boulder suggests

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EBIO Members Join Project Biodiversify

Nov. 6, 2018

Members of EBIO take part in an exciting new effort to make teaching more inclusive. Project Biodiversify is an online repository of teaching materials and methods aimed at increasing the diversity of biologists highlighted in lectures, humanizing biologists, and making biology classrooms inclusive to students of all backgrounds (

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Key paper authored by EBIO grad student and postdoc

Oct. 24, 2018

EBIO Graduate Student, Angela Hansen and Amanda Hund , Ph.D. CU Boulder, 2017 are co-first authors on an important review paper recently published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution , one of the premier journals in our field. The study, with Scott Taylor as a contributing author, examines the roles...

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Pushing Boundaries: Student works to restore fragile veneer of biocrust in the American West

Oct. 12, 2018

Student Lior Gross, who's doing a concurrent bachelor's/master's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, studies ways to reintroduce biocrust back onto depleted land.

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Taking General Biology this semester?

Aug. 28, 2018

Former EBIO 1210 students discuss their methods for success and effective study habits.

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Honeybee hive-mates influenced to fan wings to keep hive cool

Aug. 3, 2018

Honeybees fan their wings to cool down hives when temperatures rise, but a new study suggests older honeybees influence the fanning behavior of younger bees. CU Boulder Today highlights Rachel Kasper, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Student who graduated in 2016.

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USDA awards $1.2 million to improve ranching and rangeland climate adaptation

Aug. 3, 2018

EBIO Professor and INSTARR Fellow, Katherine Suding has just been awarded a $1.2 million research grant through the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Suding's grant is part of a larger $13.3 million investment aimed at advancing agroecosystems resilience in a changing climate. Congratulations Katie!

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Piet Johnson wins Parasitology honor

July 26, 2018

Congratulations to Piet Johnson who was awarded the Henry Baldwin Ward Medal by the American Society of Parasitologists. This honor recognizes a mid-career scientist who has made exceptional contributions to the field of Parasitology. The award, established in 1959, is named for H.B. Ward, the society's first president and founder...

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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department ranked 9th worldwide

July 26, 2018

According to ShanghaiRanking Consultancy's 2018 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, Ecology at CU Boulder is ranked 9th in the world, rising from its previous ranking at number 33. The ranking is based on "research productivity, research quality, extent of international collaboration, research with top quality (sic), and the highest academic recognitions."

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Hummingbirds and the claret cup cactus

June 6, 2018

The relationship between the Claret Cup Cactus and hummingbirds are interwoven, Jeff Mitton explains hummingbirds role in the pollination of these species of cacti.