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Decoding the tree of life: UF geneticist contributes to groundbreaking study of bird evolution
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Congratulations to Assoc. Professor Edward Braun, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Florida and the UF Genetics Institute, is one of the key scientists who took part in this multi-year project that used nine supercomputers and 400 years of combined computing time to sequence 48 bird genomes representing the 10,500 living species of birds on the planet. Please see links to the three articles: Genome-scale avian phylogeny: Crocodilian genomes: Avian comparative genomics: [more...]

From our Chair
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
“Keep calm and study on. Good luck with exams!” [more...]

Congratulations to Joe Pfaller!
Monday, November 17, 2014
One of his studies on epibiont crabs on sea turtles was featured in Smithsonian Science: Click on MORE for the link Best wishes, Karen Bjorndal [more...]

Kudos to our graduate students!
Friday, November 07, 2014
Katrina Cuddy won the the best poster presentation at the recent Florida Genetics Symposium. The title of her poster was “ER localization of a Novel Regulator of Actin Depolymerizing Factor (ADF)”. Wenbin Mei has received a CLAS Dissertation Fellowship funded by the Charles Vincent and Heidi Cole McLaughlin Endowment for Spring 2015. [more...]

The Palmer lab’s latest contribution, recently published in Science,
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
provides a powerful example of how predators shape the landscapes in which they live. We showed that predators such as African wild dogs and leopards create a "landscape of fear", which determines where herbivores like impala congregate to feed on plants. And where those impala do and do not go has a strong impact on the types of plants you find in different areas. In "scary" areas, lower herbivory allows for less defended plants to predominate. In contrast, in areas of lower predation risk where herbivory is high, better defended and more thorny plants predominate. Thus, predators make savannas less thorny, suggesting that the current declines in predators worldwide can have dramatic and unanticipated consequences for ecosystems. [more...]

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