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Berkeley Changemaker Technology Innovation Grant awardees announced

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:39

The Department of Integrative Biology is one of the winners of the first-ever Berkeley Changemaker Technology Innovation Grants. Launched by the office of UC Berkeley Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Bill Allison in the office of Chief Information Officer Larry Conrad, the winning projects, announced today (Thursday, June 25), will share $400,000 in general funds that were earmarked by Conrad in the 2019-2020 school year for information technology (IT

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Meet our recent IB PhD graduates!

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 15:05

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our most recent PhD graduates and welcoming them as important members of the IB alumni community! Read more...

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In Memoriam: Stephen Glickman, father of world’s only captive hyena colony

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 15:00

Stephen Glickman, a pioneer in behavioral endocrinology and founder of the world’s first colony of captive spotted hyenas — he raised generations of them in a UC Berkeley research facility — died at his home in Berkeley on May 22 from pancreatic cancer. He was 87.

A professor emeritus of psychology and of integrative biology, whose lifelong bond with animals began during his boyhood near the Bronx Zoo in New York, Glickman joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1968.

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We support #ShutDownSTEM

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 14:11

The Department of Integrative Biology supports its faculty, staff, and students that participate in the #ShutDownSTEM strike today.



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Congratulations to UCMP's Director of Education and Outreach, Dr. Lisa White the newly appointed Chair of the AGU s (American Geophysical Union) Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 13:26

Dr. White joined the UCMP in July 2012 as Director of Education and Outreach. She comes to the UCMP after a 22-year history at San Francisco State University where she held positions of Professor of Geosciences and Associate Dean of the College of Science and Engineering.

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Congratulations to Caroline Williams on receiving tenure and her promotion to Associate Professor of Integrative Biology.

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 16:39

Professor Williams research combines field-based natural history and experiments with laboratory-based biochemistry and physiology. She studies how insects and other ectotherms respond to variable environments, using the information to predict how insect populations will change as a result of climate change. Much of her research has focused on winter climate change, and at present she is working on how changing snow cover will impact the physiology, ecology, and evolution of montane beetles.

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Congratulations to IB's Class of 2020!

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 08:48

We are so proud of each and every one of you and wish we could celebrate your remarkable achievements in person.

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Read the Spring 2020 IB Insight newsletter

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:53

The IB Insight Spring 2020 newsletter is here! Learn all about what’s new in IB, our new faculty, and what our IB alumni are up to here!

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To climb like a gecko, robots need toes!

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 09:47

Biologists from the University of California, Berkeley, and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics observed geckos running horizontally along walls to learn how they use their five toes to compensate for different types of surfaces without slowing down.

The research helped answer a fundamental question: Why have many toes?” said Robert Full, UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology.

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Congratulations to Julianne Peláez for being selected as a recipient of the 2020-2021 STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship!

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 09:51

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries.


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What do soap bubbles and butterflies have in common?

Fri, 04/10/2020 - 08:02

Edith Smith bred a bluer and shinier Common Buckeye at her butterfly farm in Florida, but it took University of California, Berkeley, graduate student Rachel Thayer to explain the physical and genetic changes underlying the butterfly’s newly acquired iridescence.

In the process, Thayer discovered how relatively easy it is for butterflies to change their wing colors over just a few generations and found the first gene proven to influence the so-called “structural color” that underlies the iridescent purple, blue, green and golden hues of many butterflies.

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As COVID-19 hits Peru, a brave Berkeley Ph.D. student finds her way home

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 08:34

Giovanna Figueroa, a UC Berkeley Ph.D. student in the Department of Integrative Biology, had just arrived in the village the previous day, after a 16-hour boat trip from her base in Iquitos, the rainforest’s largest city and one that can’t be reached by roads. When the local guide she’d hired told her the latest, Figueroa was pressing herbarium specimens, preserving palm fruit pulp samples and pleased with her first day of research in Pucaurco on a two-week trip along the Nanay, a 196-mile tributary of the Amazon River.

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In Earth’s largest extinction, land die-offs began long before ocean turnover

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 07:51
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“Most people thought that the terrestrial collapse started at the same time as the marine collapse, and that it happened at the same time in the Southern Hemisphere and in the Northern Hemisphere,” said paleobotanist Cindy Looy, University of California, Berkeley, associate professor of integrative biology. “The fact that the big changes were not synchronous in the Northern and Southern hemispheres has a big effect on hypotheses for what caused the extinction.

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