Noh Paper on New Bacteria Published in PeerJ

Assistant Professor of Biology Suegene Noh coauthored a paper recently published in the journal PeerJ titled “Endosymbiotic adaptations in three new bacterial species associated with Dictyostelium discoideum: Paraburkholderia agricolaris sp. nov., Paraburkholderia hayleyella sp. nov., and Paraburkholderia bonniea sp. Nov.” Noh and her colleagues had discovered over the years that there are three species of bacteria in...

Dave Angelini Elected to Prestigious Professional Biology Society Executive Committee

Associate Professor of Biology Dave Angelini has been named to the executive committee of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB), the largest and most prestigious professional association of its kind. Angelini will serve as chair of the Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology starting in January 2021. An expert in evolutionary developmental biology (EvoDevo),...

Colby CAT-scan Machine Used in Effort to Produce Vital COVID-19 Equipment

Colby’s Assistant Professor of Biology Josh Martin is using his expertise and sophisticated scientific equipment to create face shields, respirator masks, and air filter cartridges for local first responders and hospitals in need of equipment that is crucial to treating patients with COVID-19. Martin is part of a network of Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin faculty...

Coles ’19 on Bigelow Lab Team that Published Paper in Nature Methods

Duncan Coles ’19, a biology and environmental science double major, was included as a team member on a recently published paper in the journal Nature Methods titled “Genetic tool development in marine protists: emerging model organisms for experimental cell biology.” One of the paper’s lead authors, José A. Fernández Robledo, is a senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for...

More Reason to Flatten the COVID-19 Curve

The COVID-19 curve may be emblematic of the global pandemic, but the ubiquitous graphic doesn’t accurately represent the dynamics of the spread of the disease—or the full benefits of slowing its spread. That’s according to Assistant Professor of Biology Chris Moore, an ecologist who studies the distribution and abundance of organisms—and disease, disease ecology, and...

Wilson Loon Propulsion Explanation Cited in Carnegie Museum Post

In 2012 Herb Wilson, the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, Emeritus, wrote a blog post explaining how loons propel themselves, and that blog post, still relevant, was cited in a recent Carnegie Museum of Natural History Tumblr page. “When a loon is first diving from the surface, it breaks the surface by alternating strokes with...

Noh Publishes Paper on Social Amoebae in Ecology and Evolution

Assistant Professor of Biology Suegene Noh has a new publication in the journal Ecology and Evolution titled “Wild Dictyostelium discoideum social amoebae show plastic responses to the presence of nonrelatives during multicellular development.” Noh’s research involved using “RNA‐sequencing and photographic time series analysis to detect possible conflict‐induced plastic differences between wild D. discoideum aggregates formed by single strains compared with mixed pairs...

Bevier Publishes Paper in Ecology and Evolution

Professor of Biology Catherine Bevier coauthored a paper in the January 2020 issue of Ecology and Evolution titled “Environmental influences on and antimicrobial activity of the skin microbiota of Proceratophrys boiei (Amphibia, Anura) across forest fragments.” Together with her research colleagues in Brazil, Bevier’s research seeks to answer such questions as “what factors determine the microbial community...

Bevier Research on Mudpuppies in Bangor Daily News Story

Research by Professor of Biology Catherine Bevier was highlighted in the Bangor Daily News article “The largest amphibians in Maine have invaded its lakes and ponds,” which looks at the invasive species Necturus maculosus, also known as mudpuppies, which were accidentally released into Great Pond by a Colby professor in 1939 and 1940. Now, Bevier is researching the...

Wilson Writing Mentioned in MNN Blog

The writings of Herb Wilson, the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, emeritus, was highlighted in a Mother Nature Network blog entry titled “Why do birds migrate at night?” Wilson’s own blog, Maine Birds, was referenced with the answer: “Migration at night has at least three advantages. Birds do not have to worry about falcon or hawk...

Martin Coauthors Paper in Journal of Experimental Biology

Assistant Professor of Biology Josh Martin coauthored the paper “Predatory behavior changes with satiety or increased insulin levels in the praying mantis (Tenodera sinensis)” published June 3 in the Journal of Experimental Biology. The paper discusses how animal behavior is controlled “by a combination of external stimuli and an animal’s internal state,” the abstract says. The authors...

Herb Wilson in the News: Mexico Bird Trip Report, Public Talk on Bird Migration

Herb Wilson, the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, is in the news this week. Two reports of his January birding trip to Mexico were published: in the Portland Press Herald and in Yucatán Ex-Pat Life. Both articles recount a particularly successful day birding at Rio Lagartos, a “well-known birding hot-spot” on the Yucatán Peninsula.  “Altogether we saw 83 species...

Angelini’s “Bugs in our Backyard” Project in Top 18 of 2018 by SciStarter

“Bugs in our Backyard,” a citizen science project by Associate Professor of Biology Dave Angelini and Biology Research Technician Josh Steele, was named one of the Top 18 projects for 2018 on the CitSci aggregator site SciStarter. The project encourages K-12 students to take surveys of bugs in their backyards, schoolyards, and neighborhoods; the surveys are...

Peck, Graham, and Gregory ’19 Coauthor Paper in Journal of Bacteriology

Assistant Professor of Biology Ron Peck coauthored a paper “Species Widely Distributed in Halophilic Archaea Exhibit Opsin-Mediated Inhibition of Bacterioruberin Biosynthesis” recently published in the Journal of Bacteriology, a publication of the American Society of Microbiology. The paper’s other two authors are Serena Graham, lab instructor in biology, and Abby M. Gregory ’19. This paper builds on the team’s...

Wilson Quoted in Popular Science Article on Shifting Seasons

Herb Wilson, the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, was quoted in a Sept. 13 Popular Science article titled “Our seasons are out of whack, which is really bad for migratory birds.” Wilson was asked to respond to a recent study in PLOS One on an unevenness in spring’s early arrival across North America and the consequences for migratory...

Angelini and Students Publish Paper in Nature Communications

Assistant Professor of Biology Dave Angelini has published a paper in the journal Nature Communications, one of the leading journals in biology. Angelini’s paper, “Manipulation of insulin signaling phenocopies evolution of a host-associated polyphenism,” is the result of a five-year research project conducted with students Meghan Fawcett ’16, Mary Parks ’16, Alice Tibbetts ’14, Jane Swart ’18,...

Johnson and Students Coauthor Paper on Gene Expression in Journal of Visualized Experiments

Professor of Biology Russell Johnson coauthored a paper titled “Measuring Gene Expression in Bombarded Barley Aleurone Layers with Increased Throughput,” which appears in the Journal of Visualized Experiments. The paper’s coauthors include Grace Uwase ’18, Taylor Enrico ’17, David Chelimo ’17, and Benjamin Keyser ’10. The paper discusses an improved protocol that “is presented for the measurement of...

Another Placement for Paper on LakeSmart Program by Bevier, Cole, Nyhus, and Junker ’16

The team consisting of professors F. Russell Cole (environmental studies, emeritus), Cathy Bevier (biology), Philip Nyhus (environmental studies), and alumna Alexa Junker ’16 has published another paper on the lake protection program LakeSmart. This time, the paper appears in LakeLine, a publication of the North American Lake Management Society. The program, “an innovative voluntary certification program … promotes...

Bevier Paper on Parasite Infection in Mink Frogs Published in Journal of Herpetology

Professor of Biology Cathy Bevier has a new publication in the March 2018 Journal of Herpetology. Her paper, “The Effect of Parasite Infection on Phonotactic Response in the Mink Frog, Lithobates septentrionalis,” describes how hearing in mink frogs is affected by a parasite infection and the presence of the digenean flatworm, Halipegus eccentricus, which inhabits the eustachian tube. Bevier...

Noh Lead Author for Paper in PNAS on Social Amoebas

Assistant Professor of Biology Suegene Noh was the lead author on a paper recently published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). Titled “Genetic signatures of microbial altruism and cheating in social amoebas in the wild,” the authors “use approaches from population genetics and molecular evolution to test the adaptive relevance of social behavior...