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New Biology Study Examines Bats in 3D

Professor of Biology James Ryan and two HWS student researchers have started a new study this spring that's giving them a rare, non-invasive look at the earliest stages of bat development. Using micro CT to create high definition 3D/4D digital models, the project will enable the team to examine bat embryos at a level of detail that can yield datasets far more precise than dissection. "There are d...  More >>

HWS Juniors to Attend Upstate Medical

When Hannah Connolly '16 and Courtney Franceschi '16 first met while they were high school students, they bonded over their mutual interest in medical school and the options offered by the partnership between HWS and SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. Upon arriving at HWS, the two reconnected, becoming fast friends and roommates. Following their passions, both Connolly and Francesc...  More >>

Surveying California's Mojave Desert

Deep in California's Mojave Desert, Professor of Biology James Ryan recently set out on a scientific excursion to survey the vertebrate biodiversity found in a remote area of the vast southwestern landscape. Working with volunteers from Blueprint Earth, a nonprofit dedicated to cataloging small portions of the Earth's environments, Ryan designed and implemented a survey that's being used to ident...  More >>

Colleges’ Passenger Pigeons Noted

An article in New York State Conservationist includes Hobart and William Smith as among the institutions to contain specimens of the extinct species, the passenger pigeon. The birds are part of an extensive collection amassed by Elon Howard Eaton, who established the Colleges' biology department. An article about Eaton's collection is available on the Daily Update. The New York State Conservation...  More >>

Feller '06 Publishes Trailblazing Study

New research on mantis shrimp larvae conducted by Kathryn Feller '06 has gained significant attention this fall with the publication of a trailblazing study in The Journal of Experimental Biology, as well as coverage by National Geographic and Discovery.com. Feller, whose doctoral work is on the subject, also has successfully defended her dissertation, "The Visual Ecology of Stomatopod Larvae,” a...  More >>

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