Biology
Aquatic ecosystems get NSERC boost

Aquatic ecosystems get NSERC boost

A $4.4 million funding boost from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Canadian Network for Aquatic Ecosystems (CNAES) will play a key role in ensuring well-informed decisions are made when it comes to this country’s wetlands, lakes and rivers. And two Western researchers have been tapped to provide project leadership.

Study: Gender still an issue in university research

Study: Gender still an issue in university research

A newly released report by the Council of Canadian Academies, co-authored by Western Organizational Behavior professor Alison M. Konrad and Anatomy and Cell Biology professor Lynne-Marie Postovit, says despite significant progress in the representation of women in the university research ranks, there are still gender equity challenges that must be overcome.

Future of climate

Future of climate

I’m afraid I find it hard to have a positive outlook for the biosphere in the next 40 years.

Sinclair named among top researchers under 40

Sinclair named among top researchers under 40

Western Biology professor Brent John Sinclair has been awarded the 2012 Entomological Society of Canada’s C. Gordon Hewitt Award for outstanding achievement in Canadian entomology by a researcher under 40.

WHAT I’VE LEARNED: Amanda Spadafora

Amanda Spadafora graduated from the Faculty of Health Studies with an honours specialization in Health Science and a minor in Biology.

Researchers find fear affects predator-prey relationship

Researchers find fear affects predator-prey relationship

Franklin D. Roosevelt famously warned the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. New research from The University of Western Ontario reveals that FDR’s rhetorical flourish also accurately reflects a fundamental truth within the animal kingdom too.

Spider mite finds itself in Western’s sites

If the thought of dust mites in your mattress or a spider on your ceiling is enough to make your skin crawl, just think: pesticide-resistant spider mites might also be in your home, burrowing in your house plants or slowly destroying your garden.

‘Future of Food’ comes to Western

‘Future of Food’ comes to Western

As part of London Biotech Week 2011, the Pest Genomics and Plant Breeding in Sustainable Agricultural Pest Management Group at The University of Western Ontario, in partnership with TechAlliance, will host the Future of Food: bioCEP3 (Biotechnology, Crops, Education, Policy, Production and Perception).

Freezing bugs can be, well, cool

There are many reasons one chooses a career in academics. But for biology professor Brent Sinclair, the main reason is simple. “It’s really cool,” he says. And he should know.