The newly minted “CBS COVID-19 Capstone” course explores the biological intersections of virology, evolution and ecology, computational biology, molecular genetics and other disciplines to give upper-division students an opportunity to investigate and deconstruct the coronavirus crisis.
Some species of fish, notably parrotfish and wrasses living on coral reefs, change their biological sex as they age, beginning life as females and later becoming functionally male. New work from the University of California, Davis, shows that this sequential hermaphroditism evolves when bigger males gain an advantage in reproductive success.
Professor Jonathan Eisen, named the first Aggie Hero of 2019-20 for calling out science meeting organizers for gender and racial imbalance among presenters, last week landed on a Time magazine list of 16 people and groups “fighting for a more equal America.”
Professor Art Shapiro predicted it: The cabbage white butterfly would be out this week, alerting his “posse” to their opportunity to win his annual Beer for a Butterfly contest — the prize going to the person who catches the first cabbage white of the new year.
Associate Professor Santiago Ramirez, Department of Evolution and Ecology, was among the 20th class of Chancellor's Fellows. This marks the 20th anniversary of the program that provides philanthropic support to exceptional early career faculty members.
In a study appearing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, UC Davis researchers used the staple plant model organism Arabidopsis thaliana, known commonly as the thale cress, to uncover the genetic mechanisms that control its seeds responses to chilly weather.
To attract a mate, male orchid bees collect scents from the environment to create the perfect aroma. In a study appearing in Nature Communications, UC Davis researchers link the evolution of sexual signaling in orchid bees to a gene that’s been shaped by each species’ perfume preferences
Since enrolling at UC Davis nearly four years ago, undergraduate Megan Ma has lent her artistic talent to the Aggie community. She’s taught scientific illustration, provided artwork for the BIS 2C lab manual and currently works as a graphic designer for the Center for Leadership Learning, all the while taking classes and rotating through research labs.
Assistant Professor Kate Laskowski is a new faculty member who holds an appointment with the Department of Evolution and Ecology. Her research aims to understand the processes that generate unique behavioral phenotypes in the clonal species, the Amazon molly—and eventually humans.