biology

The mouse is light brown fur, a long tail and cute round ears holds a bunch of leaves in its mouth while scurrying across dead leaves on the ground.

Rediscovery of the ‘extinct’ Pinatubo volcano mouse

In 1991, a volcano in the Philippines had the second-most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th century. Its effects were devastating—but a mouse feared to have gone extinct survived.


How do U…participate in crowdsourced science?

Join in research projects from the comfort of your own home.


Honoring Karl Gordon Lark

Renowned geneticist and father of molecular biology at the U passes away.


A woman scientist looks through a microscope

Why wait? New initiative gets students into the lab early

In 2020, the College of Science will give hundreds of undergraduates the opportunity to contribute to real research projects the year that they step onto campus.


The role of lizard lungs in evolutionary biology

Savannah monitor lizards have a unique airflow pattern that is a hybrid of bird and mammal flow patterns.


Humans of the U: Quaid Harding

“Worldwide, honeybee populations are in serious decline. That’s a big problem for humans—one in every three bites of food that you take were pollinated directly or indirectly by a bee.”


Unique brain cells linked to OCD and anxiety

In a new study, U scientists discovered a new lineage of specialized brain cells, called Hoxb8-lineage microglia, and established a link between the lineage and OCD and anxiety in mice.


How trees affect the weather

New research led by U biologists finds that some plants and trees’ water use can make droughts more intense.


Sex, lice and videotape

Biologists drove the divergence of different-sized feather lice from a single population. In four years the evolved lice had trouble mating with each other, a sign of speciation and they caught it on tape.


Campus is abuzz with innovation

Celebrate Pollinator Week in the U’s new bee-friendly garden.