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Past as prelude: Predicting how fish will cope with climate change

By Rebecca Batstone, EEB Pop psychologist ‘Dr. Phil’ McGraw always says that “the best predictor of future behaviour is … past behaviour”.  A maxim that can also be applied to fish. … Continue reading

July 4, 2017

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

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

May 24, 2015

Searching for monkeyflowers in California

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

May 24, 2015

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

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

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

Snowshoe hare catching in the Yukon

Gallery: Click on the first picture and Sophia will walk you through her fieldwork. Sophia Lavergne is a graduate student in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  Along with … Continue reading

June 17, 2013

Worms, the most diverse animals

By Lucia Kwan, EEB Forget the vast array of feathers and fur in the natural world, the most diverse animal is a worm—Caenorhabditis brenneri. Collecting worms from rotting fruits and … Continue reading

June 17, 2013

Do flies make better pollinators than bees?

By Kelly Carscadden, EEB If someone says ‘pollinator’, what is the first image to come to mind? A bee? Many flowering plants use bees to move pollen from one flower to … Continue reading

June 16, 2013