At the intersection of art and science

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Maria Park spends her days studying tree communities. The PhD student in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences (CBS), is a keen observer of nature who turns those observations into insights about how trees influence one another.

Jewel beetles evolve to see new colors by duplicating their genes

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New research led by Camilla Sharkey, a postdoctoral associate at the Wardill Lab in the College of Biological Sciences, investigated the complex evolutionary history of jewel beetles’ vision

Biologist Marlene Zuk receives international award for discoveries on behavior and diversity

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Marlene Zuk, a professor in the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences, was recently recognized by the BBVA Foundation for outstanding contributions to the field of behavioral and evolutionary ecology.

Sharing his love of science

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Chino Nwakama (’23, Neuroscience, College of Biological Sciences) is creating opportunities for historically marginalized and low-income students to connect with science.

SDG Webinar Series: Biodiversity and the Interconnectedness of Life on Land

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The Sustainable Development Goal 15 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is devoted to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.” Co-hosted by MnDRIVE Environment, this session of the SDG Webinar Series will feature three very different perspectives on biodiversity and its importance for ecosystem health.

MnDRIVE Aims to Spark New Collaborations into Sustainable Plastics

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota and their counterparts in industry are discussing new ways to work together in search of solutions for the mounting problem plastic waste poses across the globe.

MPR: Digging into Minnesota's peat, an under-appreciated climate superhero

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MPR reporter joins a team of researchers from the Nature Conservancy and the University of Minnesota to learn more about their efforts to mitigate climate change. 

U of M researchers find as planet warms, the world's lakes are losing oxygen rapidly

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Oxygen levels in the world’s temperate freshwater lakes are declining at rates faster than in the oceans, according to new research from the University of Minnesota and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Wetland restoration offers best protection against agricultural run-off

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University of Minnesota researchers, along with colleagues at institutions from the University of Kansas (KU), University of California-Irvine (UCI) and others, found that wetland restoration and construction along waterways are the most cost-effective way to reduce nitrate and sediment loads in large streams and rivers.

A Better Environment, Not Slower Aging, Increases Life Expectancy

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A recent report by University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences Professor Craig Packer, PhD, along with colleagues from many other institutions, presents evidence that nature has placed constraints on how much the underlying rate of aging can be slowed.