Posts Tagged ‘biodiversity’

UBC zoologist is donating $100,000 to help secure Okanagan habitats for at-risk species. (Photo: Graham Osborne, The Nature Trust of BC)

“Genius grant” helps secure Okanagan habitats for at-risk species

Nov. 2, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia zoologist Sarah Otto is using her MacArthur “genius grant” toward preserving fragile habitats in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia.

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Single-cell parasites co-opt “ready-made” genes from host: UBC research

Jul. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

Two species of single-cell parasites have co-opted “ready-made” genes from their hosts that in turn help them exploit their hosts, according to a new study by University of British Columbia and University of Ottawa researchers.

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A whale of a discovery: New sensory organ found in rorqual whales

May. 23, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Scientists at the University of British Columbia and the Smithsonian Institution have discovered a sensory organ in rorqual whales that coordinates its signature lunge-feeding behaviour – and may help explain their enormous size.

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Marine biodiversity loss due to warming and predation: UBC researcher

Nov. 28, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

The biodiversity loss caused by climate change will result from a combination of rising temperatures and predation – and may be more severe than currently predicted, according to a study by University of British Columbia zoologist Christopher Harley.

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Quebec forest. Photo by Mark Vellend.

What’s so unique about the tropics? UBC researcher says: “Less than we thought”

Sep. 22, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

The temperate forests of Canada or Northern Europe may have much more in common with the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia or South America than commonly believed, according to a research group led by a University of British Columbia ecologist.

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Sarah Otto. Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

UBC biologist wins MacArthur “genius” grant

Sep. 20, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , ,

Sarah Otto, a zoology professor and director of the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, is one of 22 people to be picked for this year’s round of ”genius grants” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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Under the microscope, Chromera looks like inconspicuous "little brown balls." Credit: Patrick Keeling

“Little brown balls” tie malaria and algae to common ancestor: UBC research

Jun. 1, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

Inconspicuous “little brown balls” in the ocean have helped settle a long-standing debate about the origin of malaria and the algae responsible for toxic red tides, according to a new study by University of British Columbia researchers.

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The Blue Whale Exhibit at the University of British Columbia's new Beaty Biodiversity Centre is the largest in Canada and articulated in the species' signature lunge-feeding pose  - Photo by Martin Dee

UBC opens Beaty Biodiversity Centre, unveils Canada’s largest blue whale skeleton exhibit

May. 13, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia today officially opened the Beaty Biodiversity Centre, new home to some of the world’s top biodiversity researchers and Canada’s largest blue whale skeleton exhibit.

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Tropical birds waited for land crossing between North and South America: UBC study

Dec. 9, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Despite their ability to fly, tropical birds waited until the formation of the land bridge between North and South America to move northward, according to a University of British Columbia study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition.

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