evolution

The Infection Heist: How Social Viruses Team Up for the Perfect Score

July 11, 2019
Much like characters in a bank heist, viruses in competitive environments can collaborate for their share of the "score" of successfully co-infecting hosts. But these relationships may change once inside the host cell, according to Assistant Professor Samuel Díaz-Muñoz​.

Different Strokes for Different Fly Folks: Study Links Reproductive Evolution of Hawaiian Flies to Environment

June 12, 2019
In a new study, UC Davis postdoctoral researcher Didem Sarikaya and her colleagues analyzed egg-laying strategies of 65 different Hawaiian Drosophila species and found that egg-laying capacities diverged in response to their unique environments, which directly affected the number of cells involved in each species’ ovarian development.

Hurricane Study Shows Natural Selection in Lizards

July 26, 2018
A new study in the journal Nature gives a graphic demonstration of Anole lizards living on islands in the Caribbean and how they survived – or not – two violent hurricanes in 2017.

Elastic Slingshot Powers Snipefish Feeding

July 19, 2018
A recent study by UC Davis graduate student Sarah Longo shows that snipefish feed with an elastic-boosted head flick at almost unprecedented speed.