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BBC features Nick Dowdy’s work

by April 21, 2016
An "explosive" defensive behavior as recorded by Nick Dowdy, WFU Ph.D. Candidate

The BBC recently featured Ph.D. candidate Nick Dowdy‘s work on moths in Central America.  He has some very interesting scientific findings on the unique defensive behavior of a particular Ecuadorian moth.  When threatened, it “uses an explosion of a sticky, wool-like material to defend itself.”  This has never been seen before in Read more »

Woodpecker Drumming Signals: Wimp or Warrior

by March 8, 2016
Fuxjager, Schuppe, Petersen in field study

The Wake Forest University News Service recently published this news story written by Bonnie Davis on the research work of Dr. Matt Fuxjager. “Partners will actually coordinate or cooperate with how they fight depending on who they are fighting. They size up their opponent and decide whether they need to Read more »

Aquatic Hunger Games

by August 31, 2015
burnette studies archerfish

The work of Ph.D. candidate Morgan Burnette and Professor Miriam Ashley-Ross was recently cited by the Wake Forest News Service in an article entitled “Aquatic Hunger Games” by Bonnie Davis. “The sharp-shooting fish’s ability to spit water to hit food targets has been well documented, but a new study published Read more »

David J. Anderson featured on BBC

by March 4, 2015

Professor of Biology David J. Anderson’s research into very unique questions about behavior and ecology have often been the focus of national media attention. Recently, Dr. Anderson was featured by the BBC in the series “The Natural World”. Dr. Anderson is featured in the episode entitled Galapagos: Islands of Change [web link]. Dr. Anderson’s work Read more »

Science: Holy Blocked Bat Signal!

by November 6, 2014
Mexican free-tailed bats and ultrasonic signature. photo credit N. Hristov

Science magazine and the BBC independently featured the work of Aaron Corcoran and Bill Conner.  The Science article is titled: “Holy blocked bat signal! Bats jam each other’s calls”.  This article focuses on the research of Corcoran and Conner done in the southwestern United States on bat colonies and studies of bat calls. Read more »