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Distinguished Professor Art Shapiro Profiled by The Los Angeles Times

November 12, 2019

November 12, 2019

"Meet the scientist who's been counting California butterflies for 47 years and has no plans to stop," reads the headline for a profile article about Distinguished Professor Art Shapiro, of the Department of Evolution and Ecology and the Center for Population Biology. The piece was published today in the Los Angeles Times.   

Aggie Hero: Professor Jonathan Eisen

November 08, 2019

November 05, 2019

Posted by Tanya Perez

Perhaps the best way to sum up Professor Jonathan Eisen’s philosophy is to note his belief that “It is important to fix that which is easily fixable.” 

Eisen, who has appointments in the Genome Center, the department of evolution and ecology, and the department of medical microbiology and immunology, “uses his powers of national influence for good,” according to his Aggie Hero nominator. 

Elastic Slingshot Powers Snipefish Feeding

October 29, 2019

The snipefish, an ocean-dwelling relative of the seahorse, has a very long, skinny snout ending in a tiny mouth. A recent study by UC Davis graduate student Sarah Longo shows that snipefish feed with an elastic-boosted head flick at almost unprecedented speed.

“At as little as two milliseconds, it’s among the fastest feeding events ever recorded for fish,” said Longo, now a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University.