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Tomorrow’s tomatoes look to the past

by October 15, 2014
Kathleen DiNapoli (left) and Dr. Gloria Muday in the Biology greenhouse showing their heirloom specimens

The WFU News Service recently published an article featuring the work of Dr. Gloria Muday and Beckman Award winner Kathleen DiNapoli.  This article sheds light on their research into the genetics and physiology of heirloom tomatoes to locate ancestral genes that offer growth advantages. Pull quote: “The world population continues to grow despite 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 »

Still Life vs. Real Life

by November 18, 2013
Biology students examining paintings at the Reynolda House Museum of Art

Where Science meets Art, you will find Biologists! Biology professor Kathy Kron and the 11 students enrolled in her course Biology 105: Plants & People incorporate the study of plants and their stylized depiction in art. Students are given the chance to study excellent examples of artistic still life paintings Read more »

Silman: Amazon Rainforest is Home to 16,000 Tree Species

by October 22, 2013
Amazon rainforest picture

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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