SICB Science News: Stories by Student Journalists

2016 Annual Meeting (Portland)

Blood, brines, and microbiology beneath Antarctic glaciers. By Sara ElShafie

Stingrays solve problems with eating troublesome prey in surprising ways. By Kaitlyn Lowder


Mosquitos Feed More and Breed More When Hosts Are Stressed. By Phoebe D. Edwards

Predicting Elk Migrations to Lessen the Spread of Brucellosis. By Ashley Booth

Cricket males' aggressive take on 'Marco Polo' sets the stage for sexual signal evolution. By Callum Kingwell, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University

2015 Annual Meeting (West Palm Beach)

Chipmunks on the move: New ways to measure behavior help researchers explore uneven impacts of climate change. By Laura Booth, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University

Where will lightning strike next? By Ieva Roznere, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University

Hamsters use a novel approach to control aggression. By Devin Merullo, Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The mind of the matter: social interactions contribute to intelligence in birds. By Alexis Lanza, Department of Biology, University of Florida

2014 Annual Meeting (Austin)

Vertebrate reproductive evolution is laid bare by the ever-erect, spring-loaded alligator penis. By Justin Havird, Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University

The "Old Friends" hypothesis: Reopening a can of worms. By Brenna Doheny, Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina

The softer side of nature: caterpillars inspire new-age robots. By Beth Mortimer, Department of Zoology, Oxford University

Sexy single female fruit fly in search of experienced male. By Casey Gilman, Biology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst



2013 Annual Meeting (San Francisco)

Bacteria allow woodrats to eat poison. By Anne Madden, Department of Biology, Tufts University

Earliest legs weren't made for walking. By Katrina Jones, The Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution, Johns Hopkins University

Birdseed, cowbirds, and disease: The unintended consequences of bird feeding. By Shane Hanlon, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Memphis

A tale of two corals: genetic relationships of coral reefs in Micronesia. By Medhavi Ambardar, Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University

Soccer players tackle animal performance. By Hugo Dutel, Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, France

Skimming the surface: a larval window on the biodiversity of nemertean worms. By Christopher Laumer, Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University



2012 Annual Meeting (Charleston)

Fighting off infection: some of Darwin's finches pack a punch. By Julie Charbonnier, Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Fish species snake their way on land. By John Whiteman, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming

Half a century of seabirds and weather. By Emily Elderbrock, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Memphis

Sponge 'sneezes' point to mechano-sensory system, minus the neurons. By Desmond Ramirez, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

A Stealthy Warning: The Black Widow's Covert Color Communication. By Kara Feilich, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Out in the Cold: Birds of a Feather Responding to Weather. By Karen Word, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, University of California, Davis