Three Faculty Members Granted Tenure

Colby has awarded tenure to three of its accomplished faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, in their scholarship, and in service to the College. Assistant professors Dean Allbritton (Spanish), David Angelini (biology), and Travis Reynolds (environmental studies) will be promoted to associate professor at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. “Earning...

Angelini Publishes Article, is Guest Coeditor in Current Opinion in Insect Science

Assistant Professor of Biology David Angelini cowrote an article recently published online in Current Opinion in Insect Science. The article, “By land, air, and sea: hemipteran diversity through the genomic lens,” reviews the state of genomics research in true bugs (Hemiptera), the group of insects on which Angelini focuses his research. In the same issue, Angelini was guest...

Wilson Column on Birding in Portland Press Herald

Herb Wilson, the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, wrote a birding column for the Portland Press Herald titled “Why do grebes eat their feathers?” Wilson starts off with a description of grebes, their characteristics and behaviors. He then cites a recent paper that “provides a definitive study of the functional significance of feather-eating in grebes,” which aids...

Moore Coauthors Paper on Theoretical Ecology in Ecological Modelling

Assistant Professor of Biology Chris Moore and colleagues have authored a paper in theoretical ecology in the journal Ecological Modelling. Titled “Population dynamics of mutualism and intraspecific density dependence: How θ-logistic density dependence affects mutualistic positive feedback,” Moore et al. challenge a 40-year paradigm that positive species interactions are prevented from positive feedback through diminishing benefits...

Cole, Bevier, Nyhus, and Students Coauthor Paper on Lake Protection Program

Professors F. Russell Cole (environmental studies, emeritus), Cathy Bevier (biology), and Philip Nyhus (environmental studies) coauthored a paper in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Titled “Assessing LakeSmart, a community-based lake protection program,” the paper included contributions from Alexa Junker ’16 and Sophie Sarkar ’11. The paper assesses the LakeSmart program, which was created in...

Tilden Spends Sabbatical Year, Displays Art at MDI Biological Laboratory

Andrea Tilden, the J. Warren Merrill Associate Professor of Biology, is spending her sabbatical year as a visiting scientist in comparative genomics at the MDI Biological Laboratory, a press release from the lab said Nov. 14. “Tilden is using the science of bioinformatics, also referred to as computational biology, to study how genomes evolve, and what science can...

Herb Wilson Mentioned in Morning Sentinel Article on Bird Watching

“Bird watching can be a wonderful diversion,” says writer George Smith in his Oct. 18 article in the Morning Sentinel. Herb Wilson, Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, is mentioned as someone who makes bird identification easier as a contributing writer to the book Birdwatching in Maine.

Paper by Biology Professors and Students Accepted by Journal of Bacteriology

A paper cowritten by Assistant Professor of Biology David R. Angelini, Biology Laboratory Technician Serena M. Graham, Assistant Professor of Biology Ronald F. Peck, Alexandru M. Pleşa ’17, and Emily L. Shaw ’19 was accepted by the Journal of Bacteriology and will be featured on the cover of the September issue. Titled “Opsin-mediated inhibition of bacterioruberin synthesis...

Stone and Students Publish Seed Dispersal Article in Biotropica

Judy Stone, professor of biology and Dr. Charles C. and Pamela W. Leighton Research Fellow, has published an article in Biotropica, the journal of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. The article, “Diversity of seeds captured by interception exceeds diversity of seeds deposited in traps,” was written with a team of six Colby students who...

Angelini and Simmons ’17J Publish Article in Scientific Reports

Assistant Professor of Biology Dave Angelini and Will Simmons ’17J collaborated to produce a paper on the effects of pesticides on bumblebees published in the March 21 Scientific Reports, which is affiliated with the prestigious journal Nature. In an effort to find physiological mechanics that link “the effect of increased pesticide use and the spread of disease,”...