the Seeds of Science

Your source for the latest from the University of Toronto's department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Motherhood, a heavy load to bear

By Kirstin Brink, EEB. Mothers make huge sacrifices for their kids. But some mothers, such as those among black-horned tree crickets, really go out on a limb for their young. … Continue reading

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Searching for monkeyflowers in California

Gallery: Click on the first picture and Kelly Carscadden (EEB) will walk you through her fieldwork.

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A little bit of sex goes a long way

By Matthew Hartfield, EEB. Matty Hartfield gives us a digestible discussion of his latest paper, coauthored with Stephen Wright and Aneil Agrawal, which is available on biorxiv. Most evolutionary biologists are obsessed with … Continue reading

May 24, 2015

Classic papers in ecology and evolution

With so many papers being published all the time, it’s easy to miss out on interesting ones from the past. We decide, therefore, to start the ‘Classics in ecology and evolution … Continue reading

May 5, 2015

Seeding Solace: Handling heartbreak in the field

By BVM, EEB Squeezing my life around work as a graduate student is routine to me. Plants don’t take breaks from growing, so I’ve learned to bend and twist my … Continue reading

October 8, 2014

When taking a leave is the right thing to do.

By Alison W, EEB I’ve never met anyone who needed a break when everything was going well. Chances are you consider taking a leave of absence when the stress of … Continue reading

October 8, 2014

Why are some worms more diverse than others?

By Gavin Douglas, EEB Some of us are picky about where we live, while others can put down roots anywhere. Worms, aren’t much different. Shuning Li, Richard Jovelin and Asher Cutter … Continue reading

October 8, 2014

Are aggressive sperm a barrier to cross species sex?

By Arvid Ågren, EEB Males often compete fiercely for access to females. A new study shows that the consequences of this competition may extend beyond showy tails and big antlers, and … Continue reading

August 8, 2014

A new method to quantify species loss and gain

By Emily Drystek, EEB Every year rubber trees drop their leaves. When the leaves grow back they are deserted islands waiting for a community of animals to set up home. … Continue reading

February 12, 2014

Optimising your Organising: A Guide to Evernote

By Brechann McGoey, EEB For many of us being organised is a constant battle. A New Year, a new term, it’s a great time to change our ways.  To ensure … Continue reading

February 12, 2014

Why do plants have biased sex ratios?

By Nathaniel Sharp, EEB One of the most celebrated arguments in evolutionary biology is the idea that populations should consist of an even number of males and females. The reason … Continue reading

February 7, 2014

How to conference, honey!

We will all head to a conference at some point during our time as a student.  And although we know that they are good for us many of us find … Continue reading

October 11, 2013

The bullies and the bees

By Brie Edwards, EEB Ants and bees are fighting a turf war. Using elegantly constructed artificial flowers baited with plenty of sugary water, recent graduate Adam Cembrowski teamed up with … Continue reading

October 11, 2013

Females range in size more than males

By Aaron Hall, EEB Why do closely related species vary so much in size? This is the question on the lips of evolutionary biologists Stephen De Lisle and Locke Rowe from … Continue reading

October 11, 2013

Getting a grip on love

By Janice Ting, EEB When the flashy colours and fancy dancing don’t impress her, male guppies—tropical fish common in fish tanks—use claws on their penises to hang on to resistant … Continue reading

July 25, 2013

It’s a small world if you’re a miniature fish

By Stephanie Lefebvre, EEB From elephants to ants, walruses to weevils, animals vary hugely in size. But how an animal’s size influences its life isn’t well understood.  For example, how … Continue reading

July 25, 2013

Toronto’s climate was not so hot 120,000 years ago

By Shaheen Bagha, EEB New analysis of ancient leaves has revealed that Canada’s ancient climate was cooler than previous thought. By examining fossilised leaves, wood and pollen, the Toronto-based team now think … Continue reading

June 17, 2013