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Diving into Biodiversity

by March 27, 2014
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By WILL FERGUSON Office of Communications and External Relations Victoria Erb stood in the back of the boat with her classmates and watched three sharks cut through the crystal clear water of Belize’s Great Blue Hole. The senior biology major then did the one thing the vast majority of people in Read more »

Drones to add flying eye on our ecosystem

by February 12, 2014
WFU graduate student Max Messinger and professor Miles Silman show their aircraft used for monitoring the forest canopy

From the Charlotte Observer, Feb 9, 2014 by Reid Creager Sure, it resembles a spider on steroids. But a recently developed flying robot – soon to hover over the Peruvian cloud forest for the first time – has potential benefits for everyone. About a year and a half ago, a Read more »

From one forest to another

by December 18, 2013
Max Messinger, graduate student and expert in research drones flys his "robot" on the WFU practice field

Several news agencies have published stories recently about unique research conducted by Max Messinger and Miles Silman in the Department of Biology. Dr. Silman’s group is making use of “flying robots” to photograph and measure data from the forest canopy.  Messinger is the local expert on how to turn these Read more »

Silman: Amazon rainforest is home to 16,000 tree species, estimate suggests

by October 22, 2013
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An article focusing on the work of Miles Silman and his collaborators work on species diversity in the Amazon Rainforest was featured in UK news resource The Guardian.  It references an important paper his group published in the journal, Science. Almost four hundred billion trees belonging to 16,000 different species Read more »

Silman: How Is Climate Change Affecting Tropical Forests?

by October 1, 2013
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Biology Professor, Miles Silman was featured by WUNC Public Radio science correspondent Justin Catanoso in his feature titled “How Is Climate Change Affecting Tropical Forests?” Silman is a pilot of sorts for the cause of preserving tropical forests. And he clings to such dark forms of hope in the face Read more »

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