Biology
Researchers team up for freshwater fish focus

Researchers team up for freshwater fish focus

Biology professor Bryan Neff will be – ahem – fishing for answers with his latest project exploring the health of Canada’s 200-plus freshwater fish species in the face of increasing (mostly human-made) challenges.

Shark salvation found in crossing confirmation

Shark salvation found in crossing confirmation

Confirmation of a trans-Atlantic crossing by a highly endangered marine animal signals the need for “an international mindset” when seeking ways to conserve the basking shark – named among the world’s ‘weirdest’ animals by National Geographic.

Probiotics may protect bees against fatal disease

Probiotics may protect bees against fatal disease

Microorganisms best known for promoting gut health in humans may be the key to saving honey bee colonies from collapse, according to a novel discovery by Western and Lawson Health Research Institute researchers.

Answering in the form of questions

Answering in the form of questions

From writing to Icelandic soul, to embracing obscure ‘Ologies,’ Biology PhD candidate Jacqueline Lebenzon is certain to offer up all her selections in the form of a question when she takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Naming something to chirp about for professor

Naming something to chirp about for professor

If you find yourself in the tropical deciduous forest of the Querétaro, Mexico, you may run into Natasha Mhatre. Or, at least, the tree cricket that bears her name.

Predator fear factor unlocks PTSD secrets

Predator fear factor unlocks PTSD secrets

The fear predators inspire in their prey can leave long-lasting traces in the brains of wild animals, comparable to effects seen in humans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a Western-led study.

New underwater research vehicle makes a splash

New underwater research vehicle makes a splash

A new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) will allow researchers to explore Canadian waters in previously unimaginable detail, offering up a deeper understanding of everything from conservation efforts to animal habitats to the impacts of climate change.

Selections setting off for open spaces

Selections setting off for open spaces

Set off for big skies, open waters and a hip hop-meets-hoedown jam session when Biology professor Benjamin Rubin takes his turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Huner heads ‘back to future’ to lead Biotron

Huner heads ‘back to future’ to lead Biotron

Recently, Biology professor Norm Huner, the founding father of Western’s Biotron, was tapped to lead the climate-change research centre – again – two decades after he first sowed the seeds for the cutting-edge facility.

Four nab Strategic Partnership Grant

Four nab Strategic Partnership Grant

Four Western research projects recently shared in more than $2 million in Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grants, the funding body has announced.

Three named Distinguished University Professors

Three named Distinguished University Professors

Three professors are the latest recipients of Distinguished University Professorships (DUP) awards, joining a select group of faculty members recognized for exceptional scholarly careers

Study: Students ignoring online feedback

Study: Students ignoring online feedback

While a majority of students tend to ignore online feedback from professors, it matters the least to those who need it the most. However, inspiration for a solution might be as simple as a trip to the local grocery store, according to researchers from Western and Queen’s University Belfast.

Researchers root out relief in tobacco plants

Researchers root out relief in tobacco plants

The roots of an effective and affordable way to combat Type 2 diabetes, stroke, dementia and arthritis might be found by using high-yield plants, like tobacco and potatoes, according to work by Western and Lawson Health Research Institute.

Plaques honour research, advocacy legacy

Plaques honour research, advocacy legacy

The past continues to be on display across campus as the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) and Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel were unveiled this week as the latest heritage plaques celebrating significant research-related moments in the university’s history.

Western gives CSA astronaut’s mission a boost

Western gives CSA astronaut’s mission a boost

During a space-to-Earth connection today, Saint-Jacques launched Exploring Earth, a web-based initiative in cooperation with Western researchers that uses photos he is taking in orbit to explain the amazing science of how Earth works.

Black widow spiders dial up posture for survival, sex

Black widow spiders dial up posture for survival, sex

A new study led by Western University’s Natasha Mhatre shows how black widow spiders’ body dynamics and posture help them decode important vibrations that travel through their webs and up their legs.