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Evolutionary Forecasting — How Predictable Is Evolution?

    Thomas Blankers is assistant professor of evolutionary ecology at the University of Amsterdam. He is interested in divergent evolution and speciation, particularly in relation to biological interactions across taxonomic levels (within species, between species/kingdoms) . Visit his website for more information.     How predictable is evolution? This question has historically been important […]

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From the Field: A Summer in the San Juans

    About the Blog Author: Alexis Oetterer wrote this post as part of Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield’s Scientific Communication Course at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is an PhD student in the Krueger-Hadfield evolutionary ecology lab and is interested in studying life cycle evolution and ecology. Follow Alexis on Twitter @AlexisOetterer.       […]

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What does the history of human hybridization share with some of our closest relatives?

  About the author: Marcella is an NSF postdoctoral fellow currently working in David Toews’ lab on the genetics of speciation and hybridization. Her current projects involve evolutionary genomics of adaptation, species divergence, and gut microbiome structure in wood warblers. Marcella received her PhD and MS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. […]

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Do marine species of a fin flock together?

In every biology textbook, Darwin’s finches remain a staple introduction to the concept of speciation and adaptive radiations.  Considered part of the tanager family, these fifteen species native to the Galapagos Islands evolved from a single ancestor 2 million years ago (Lamichhaney et al. 2015).  Since then, many examples of species flocks, or groups of […]

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Where do wood frogs go when there’s no wood?

Wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) common to North America. Photo courtesy of Michael Zahniser, Wikimedia Commons.   Humans have fundamentally altered their surroundings for a looooong time. With increasing urbanization worldwide, we need to better understand the consequences of suburbia in order to manage particularly vulnerable species. Though wood frogs are found throughout North America, loss […]

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