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UTM Biology Grads receive awards!

17 Apr 2018 - 11:03am
Connor Fitzpatrick and Helen Rodd

Two students from Shannon McCauley’s lab and one from Marc Johnson’s lab were honored for their work in the department at the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Appreciation Night.
 

Canopy cover affects habitat selection by adult dragonflies

10 Apr 2018 - 2:26pm
diagram showing adult dragonfly habitat selection

In a new paper in Hydrobiologia, Sarah French (McCauley lab) examined whether habitat choices made by adult dragonflies, and how their aquatic offspring respond determines where dragonflies are found. They observed dragonflies’ responses to open and closed canopy cover at experimental aquatic habitats. Closed canopy cover reduced the number of adult dragonflies arriving at these habitats, but not the survival of larval dragonflies.

Ontario Biology Day News

27 Mar 2018 - 1:38pm
Students at Ontario Biology Day 2018

On March 24 & 25, 2018, Prof. Sanja Hinic-Frlog and a group of 33 UTM Biology undergraduate students presented their ROP or BIO481 research at the 31st Ontario Biology Day at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. UTM Biology students gave 11 talks and presented 8 posters.
 
Four projects received an award this year and they were the projects presented by:

Escape artist: Ancient reptile Captorhinus could detach its tail to elude predators

7 Mar 2018 - 8:29am
a reptile with a close up of its tail bone structure

A new study by a University of Toronto research team led by Professor Robert Reisz and PhD student Aaron LeBlanc shows how small reptiles that lived 289 million years ago could detach their tails to escape the grasp of predators.

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Heavy chloride pollution from road salt in Mississauga creeks a concern for wildlife: CVC

5 Mar 2018 - 7:24am
Lorna Murison, coordinator of water and climate change science with Credit Valley Conservation, freshwater specialist with WWF Canada, and Bailey McMeans, assistant professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto - Mississauga.

A team of enviornmental researchers measures elevated chloride levels due to road salt use in Cookstown Park in Missisauga, including Bailey McMeans, assistant professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto - Mississauga.

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