Posts Tagged ‘zoology’

Swainson's thrush in the wild. Photo credit: Darren Irwin, University of British Columbia.

Backpack-toting birds help UBC researchers reveal migratory divide, conservation hotspots

Sep. 25, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

By outfitting two British Columbia subspecies of Swainson’s thrushes with penny-sized, state-of-the-art geolocators, University of British Columbia researchers have been able to map their wildly divergent migration routes and pinpoint conservation hotspots.

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A northern fulmar (Photo: Ashok Khosla, www.seabirds.com.)

Seabirds study shows plastic pollution reaching surprising levels off coast of Pacific Northwest

Jul. 4, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of British Columbia.

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Picky females promote diversity: UBC-IIASA study

Apr. 1, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Picky females play a critical role in the survival and diversity of species, according to a Nature study by researchers from the University of British Columbia and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.

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More than 50-per-cent decline in elephants in eastern Congo due to human conflict: UBC research

Nov. 10, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

Humans play a far greater role in the fate of African elephants than habitat loss, and human conflict in particular has a devastating impact on these largest terrestrial animals, according to a new University of British Columbia study published online in PLoS ONE this week.

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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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UBC graduate student discovers key to “bifocals” in mangrove fish species

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

A “four-eyed” fish that sees simultaneously above and below the water line has offered up a dramatic example of how gene expression allows organisms to adapt to their environment.

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Eliason and her colleagues fishing near Chilliwack in 2010. Photo by Marika Gale

Some populations of Fraser River salmon more likely to survive climate change: UBC study

Mar. 31, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Populations of Fraser River sockeye salmon are so fine-tuned to their environment that any further environmental changes caused by climate change could lead to the disappearance of some populations, while others may be less affected, says a new study by University of British Columbia scientists.

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Two UBC researchers receive Killam Research Fellowships

Mar. 1, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

Two University of British Columbia researchers have been given Killam Research Fellowships. Among Canada’s most distinguished research awards, the fellowships provide $70,000 a year for two years to enable recipients to pursue independent research.

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Tiny fish evolved to tolerate colder temperature in three years: UBC study

Aug. 4, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers have observed one of the fastest evolutionary responses ever recorded in wild populations. In as little as three years, stickleback fish developed tolerance for water temperature 2.5 degrees Celsius lower than their ancestors.

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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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