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May 2015

EEB grads rock: Five(!) EEB grads awarded NSF DDIGs

Hercules beetle

No less than five EEB graduate students were awarded Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants from the National Science Foundation. Hearty congratulations to Jordan Bemmels, Jen-Pan Huang, Chuan Li, Jeff Shi and Andréa Thomaz. [Hercules beetle image credit: Michigan Science Art]

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Research feature: U-M researchers track toxicity of Lake Erie cyanobacterial blooms

Microscope image of the common toxin-producing cyanobacteriumEfforts to reduce the amount of phosphorus and other nutrients washing off farm fields and into Lake Erie shifted into overdrive after high levels of a bacterial toxin shut down the drinking water supply to more than 400,000 Toledo-area residents last August.

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Alumni spotlight: Chakrabarty gives TEDx talk: Immortal Naturalist

Prosanta ChakrabartyWhat if two different fish species, living thousands of miles apart from each other, hold the key to Earth’s history?

Prosanta Chakrabarty, evolutionary biologist and ichthyologist (Ph.D. EEB 2006), recently gave a TEDx talk demonstrating the vitality of studies in nature and how 21st century tools can trace Earth’s distant history.

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Journal of Ecology publishes Eminent Ecologist Virtual Issue in Honour of Goldberg

Eminent Ecologist Virtual IssueThe editors of the Journal of Ecology recently selected Professor Deborah Goldberg to honor in their continuing Eminent Ecologist series. Goldberg is the Elzada U. Clover Collegiate Professor and past chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan.

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Myers Endowed Award for Field Research established

Phil Myers and Barry O'ConnorProfessor Emeritus Phil Myers’ pioneering fieldwork has significantly advanced research in the systematics and biodiversity of South American mammals, and helped elucidate the effects of climate change on the distributions of North American mammals.

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