October 08, 2015

Life Science


Origins Project awards $50K to outstanding ASU undergraduates, faculty mentors

The Origins Project has announced the recipients of its inaugural Undergraduate Research Scholarship, which awards ASU undergraduates and their faculty mentors.


Study: Collectors plundering cactuses to extinction

Black-market collectors willing to pay hundreds of thousands for rare cactuses are putting more than 30 percent of the species at risk for extinction, according to a paper released Monday. ASU conservation biologist Jan Schipper contributed to the study.


ASU study finds weather extremes harmful to grasslands

Fluctuations in extreme weather events, such as heavy rains and droughts, are affecting ecosystems in unexpected ways — creating “winners and losers” among plant species that humans depend upon for food.


Exhibit takes whimsical road trip down 'Fossil Freeway'

A new exhibit at the Arizona State University Natural History Collection combines a whimsical art exhibit with the gems of the fossil collection to offer an opportunity to learn about evolution, extinction, geology and paleontology.


ASU research team digs up the dirt on microscopic biodiversity

A team of researchers from Arizona State University and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab has discovered that thousands of bacteria living in soil are connected by a complex metabolic relationship.


ASU scientist who studies locust swarms named to Popular Science's Brilliant 10

Recently scientists like ASU's Arianne Cease have begun connecting the dots of locust swarms to land-use patterns. Their findings are leading to new ways to combat an ancient problem – by bringing human behavior into the equation.


New ASU research on sense of smell could help pinpoint causes of brain diseases

The National Science Foundation has awarded Arizona State University — and three partner institutions — a three-year, $3.6 million grant to study how healthy brains create memories of odors, as well as how they fail when affected by disease.


BioBridge program gives ASU freshmen the tools to succeed

ASU's School of Life Sciences' Bio Bridge program provides future students the tools needed to succeed in college before the semester even starts.


Biologist floats idea of whale-hunting compromise

Is it time to cut a deal with Japan on whaling? The three-decade moratorium on commercial whaling isn't working, and ASU marine conservation biologist Leah Gerber has floated the idea of a compromise on the outright ban.


Saving the rainforest no cliche for ASU biologist

David Pearson's passion for the environment began with a childhood fascination with birds; now the School of Life Sciences research professor travels to the Peruvian Amazon to teach others to care about the biodiverse treasure of the rainforest.

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