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Zebras, Amboseli National Park, Kenya

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Taking notes on an experiment

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Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)

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CO2 chambers, U-M Biological Station

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Collecting microarthropods with heat

Examining leaf trichomes

Examining leaf trichomes

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Extracting DNA from leaf tissue

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Forest Accelerated Research ExperimenT (FASET) at the Biological Station

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Identifying fungi

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Identifying plant species

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Identifying snail families

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Inspecting an Eocene whale skull, Egypt

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Lab meetings to discuss research

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Molecular biology paraphernalia

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Painting wasps

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Ponyfish (Secutor ruconius)

Pouring a gel for electrophoresis

Pouring a gel for electrophoresis

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Professor Don Zak’s soil lab in SNRE

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Removing soil samples from shaker table

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Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)

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Scarlet Macaw feathers, Ecuador

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Searching for pond species

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Stem cell colonies

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Students at the Biological Station

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Students teach about the carbon cycle

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Tridacna, Ishigaki, Japan

Vials of Drosophila americana

Vials of Drosophila americana

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Viceroy Butterfly (Limenitis archippus)

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Watching waterspouts off Lake Michigan

Working with chlorophyll extract

Working with chlorophyll extract

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology embraces education and research on all aspects of biodiversity, including the history of life on earth, evolutionary mechanisms that generate diversity, the ecological context in which all life has evolved, and consequences of interactions among organisms, including humans. Faculty expertise ranges from the tropics to the tundra, from the theoretical to the practical.

Research feature

Mimicking venomous snakes: untangling the history of deceptive coloration

Red on yellow, kill a fellow. Red on black, friend of Jack.

That folk rhyme is supposed to help people distinguish venomous coral snakes from several non-venomous "mimics," animals that discourage predators by deceptively imitating a dangerous species.

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