Tag Archives: speciation

Male battles split species apart

This post is by MSU postdoc Jason Keagy How do species form? Stated more precisely, how does one species become two? This turns out to be an immensely difficult question to answer, because 1) species are not always distinct entities (species … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Are Electric Fish Magic?

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by postdoc Will Pitchers from the Gallant Lab at MSU. The fishes in our lab — African freshwater fish called Mormyrids — seem pretty magical when one first hears about them; … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Invisible Hand of Evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU postdoc Jeff Morris. As the 18th century dawned over Europe, pretty much everybody believed the world was as it was because of a mysterious divine plan. But during the … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The mystery of tropical diversity: testing a forgotten idea

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by MSU graduate student Carina Baskett. Carina blogs at Wandering Nature. Here in Michigan, the hummingbirds are coming back for the summer. If you see one, it’s likely a Ruby-Throated, since it’s … Continue reading

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Using fitness landscapes to visualize evolution in action

BEACONites Bjørn Østman and Randy Olson created a video to visualize evolution in action using fitness landscapes. Read about it below! Fitness landscapes were invented by Sewall Wright in 1932. They map fitness, or reproductive success, of individual organisms as a function … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Origin of a Species?

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU postdoc Zachary Blount. I love big questions. I tend to walk around, my head in the clouds, questions flitting through my head. I admit that I have walked into … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Making and breaking species

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Alycia Lackey. The world’s biodiversity represents a balance between the formation and extinction of species. To understand what drives diversity, scientists study what generates, maintains, and degrades … Continue reading

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Evolution 101: Natural Selection

This week’s Evolution 101 post is by an interdisciplinary group of BEACONites, all of whom rely on the principles of natural selection in their research: MSU graduate student Nikki Cavalieri (Zoology), MSU postdoc Prakarn Unachak (Evolutionary Computation), and NC A&T … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Speciation and genetic incompatibilities in digital organisms

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by MSU graduate student Carlos Anderson. This blog post is a follow up to one I wrote last year about my research on speciation with digital organisms. One of my projects tested … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The effect of landscapes and ecology on gene flow and speciation in amphibians

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Idaho graduate student Tyler Hether. The amount of biological diversity at all levels of biological organization—from genes to ecosystems—fascinates me. This interest is the reason I study evolutionary … Continue reading

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