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 >>

Brown, Students Find Bloody-red Shrimp

Associate Professor of Biology Meghan Brown was featured in an article in the Auburn Citizen for having, with her students, recently confirmed the presence of bloody-red shrimp in Cayuga Lake. The students designed a survey to test for the presence of the bloody-red shrimp at 11 sites in Cayuga Lake this fall. Brown and students collected shrimp samples from 7 to 11 p.m. Brown says the inedible...  More >>

Mugel ’13, Cosentino Publish on Amphibians

An article co-authored by Stephen Mugel '13 and Assistant Professor of Biology Bradley Cosentino was published in a recent issue of Biological Conservation. Titled "Citizen science reveals widespread negative effects of roads on amphibian distributions," the study used data collected by volunteer citizens over the past two decades that was analyzed by students from HWS and eight other colleges a...  More >>

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