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October 2013

Introducing our 2013 graduate cohort

baby bird by Alex Wenner"We are extremely pleased with the diversity and quality of this incoming cohort of graduate students and welcome them warmly," said Professor and EEB Chair John Vandermeer.

The 2013 cohort of 22 students is one of the largest EEB has had in recent years. Students bring with them a wide array of research interests.

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Research feature: Living fossils? Actually sturgeon are evolutionary speedsters

A lake sturgeon from the Great Lakes. Photo credit: Michigan Sea Grant Efforts to restore sturgeon in the Great Lakes region have received a lot of attention in recent years, and many of the news stories note that the prehistoric-looking fish are "living fossils," virtually unchanged for millions of years.

But a new study by University of Michigan researchers and their colleagues reveals that in at least one measure of evolutionary change--changes in body size over time--sturgeon have been one of the fastest-evolving fish on the planet.

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Alumni profile: Chappell advocates for sustainable and fair farm, food and trade policies

M. Jahi ChappelM. Jahi Chappell (Ph.D. 2009) is the new director of agriculture policy for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis, Minn. IATP is an almost 30-year-old organization advocating for sustainable and fair farm, food, and trade policies.

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Cardinale letter opposing anti-biodiversity SB 78 signed by 133 Michigan scientists

Professor Bradley Cardinale, whose research demonstrates the widespread importance of protecting biodiversity, wrote a letter to Governor Rick Snyder asking him to veto Senate Bill 78 if it reaches his desk.

The letter is signed by 133 other Ph.D.-level professors from 13 Michigan universities who represent fields including ecology, forestry, fisheries and wildlife, economics, and statistics

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Shaping the future of undergrad biology education

Theresa Ong looks through binocularsProfessor Phil Myers and Tanya Dewey were invited to participate in the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education meeting in Washington, D.C. in August 2013.

“By being invited to the 2013 Vision and Change Meeting, we will be part of conversations on what the future of undergraduate biology education should look like,” said Dewey, a research program officer fot the Animal Diversity Web. Myers was one of the creators of the ADW and is a curator of mammals in the Museum of Zoology.

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