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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 »

“Bee” Impressed

by April 4, 2013
Prof. Susan Fahrbach in lab with David Hale

Bee impressed at ACC Meeting of the Minds Wake Forest to showcase innovative student research from across the ACC — By WILL FERGUSON Office of Communications and External Relations You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but this might not be the case for a honeybee. Just ask David Hale Read more »

Fruit Fly Research Combines Drosophila and Diabetes

by August 14, 2012
Eric Johnson studies Drosophila in the lab

Dr. Eric Johnson’s research on Drosophila provides insight into human diabetes treatment. His laboratory’s findings were recently featured by the WFU News Service and the scientific journal Genetics. Complexity doesn’t stem from having different genes or special nerve cells. The basic biophysical, biochemical makeup is the same. The difference in Read more »

Wake Forest PhD Aaron Corcoran Featured by National Geographic

by June 15, 2012
Aaron Corcoran

Aaron Corcoran’s research on sonar jamming moths is featured in the new National Geographic Special “Untamed Americas”. The footage is featured in the episode on Deserts. It is airing Saturday, June 16, 9pm EST. Link to the show page: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/untamed-americas/ Mexican Free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) migrate up to 1,000 miles (1609 Read more »

Conner Receives Funding from the National Science Foundation for Bat-Moth Arms Race Studies

by June 6, 2012
William E. Conner

Congratulations to William E. Conner, professor of Biology, whose proposal entitled “Acoustic Aposematism, Mimicry, and Sonar Jamming in the Bat-Moth Arms Race” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).