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Disco clam thumbnailFlash! Grad student discovers how Ctenoides ales, the “disco clam,” flashes
July 15, 2014

Grad student Lindsey Dougherty reports on the flashing behavior of Ctenoides ales, the “disco clam,” in the latest issue (published online June 25, 2014) of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Huff thumbnail75-year-old sculptures by William Gordon Huff relocated
July 15, 2014

Sculptures made for the 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition by Huff are rediscovered and three of them return to Berkeley.

Emily thumbnailWhere have all the mammoths gone? And why do we care?
June 3, 2014

Emily Lindsey ponders the geologically recent disappearance of much of the world’s megafauna and the importance of preserving the megafauna we still have.

Ulva thumbnailMighty microbes implicated in Permian mass extinction
May 22, 2014

Grad student Rosemary Romero sees the similarity between modern algal blooms and a recently proposed explanation for the end-Permian extinction. By studying DNA in microscopic life history stages of coastal marine algae, she hopes to be able to predict when algal blooms are likely to happen.

Lucy thumbnailTracking down ammonites in the Denver, Colorado, area
May 22, 2014

Grad student Lucy Chang investigates how the morphology of ammonites may have influenced their ability to invade or adapt to North America’s shallow inland sea, the Western Interior Seaway, during the Late Cretaceous.

Varanid thumbnailExamining morphologic variation in varanid skulls through time and space
May 21, 2014

Grad student Liz Ferrer uses morphometrics to compare varanid species from different regions to each other and to those in the fossil record.

Winnie thumbnailCalifornia pollen taphonomy and pollen trap study in Clear Lake, California
May 5, 2014

Grad student Winnie Hsiung looks at pollen both in and around Clear Lake to reconstruct the vegetation from the last interglacial period and to understand how taphonomic processes may affect her results.

Dori thumbnailThe hunt for a Ph.D. thesis: Collecting Late Cretaceous plant fossils in New Mexico
May 5, 2014

Grad student Dori Contreras travels to New Mexico seeking answers to questions about the transitional time at the end of the Cretaceous when fern-gymnosperm forests were replaced by angiosperm-dominated forests.

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