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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Root microbiome valuable key to plants surviving drought, says UTM researcher

29 Jan 2018 - 10:29am
potted plants

Just as the microorganisms in our gut are increasingly recognized as important players in human health and behavior, new research from the University of Toronto Mississauga demonstrates that microorganisms are equally critical to the growth and health of plants. For example, plants that are able to recruit particular bacteria to their root microbiomes are much more drought resistant than their fellows, says UTM PhD candidate Connor Fitzpatrick, of the Department of Biology.

Sara Hegazi receives Graduate Award from Cell & Systems Biology

7 Dec 2017 - 7:27am
Sara Hegazi

Sara Hegazi (PhD, Cheng/Levine Lab) was awarded the Elizabeth Ann Wintercorbyn Award by the Department of Cell and Systems Biology. The award is given to a graduate student engaged in research work which is likely to prove beneficial to Medicine. Congratulations, Sara!

Cylita Guy featured in Vanguard STEM

16 Nov 2017 - 11:36am
Cylita Guy

Cylita Guy is a science educator, an ecologist and an evolutionary biologist who studies bats and the viruses that they sometimes share with humans, but rarely get sick from themselves! More...

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