High on sugar! Iguanas love sugary treats..…maybe a bit too much

The rock iguanas in the Bahamas are delighted when they hear the sound of the speedboats filled with grape-laden tourists landing on the beaches. An essential part of the tourist experience is to feed the iguanas, so these endangered reptiles that once ran away from humans are now running towards them to gobble up the […]

SICB speaks out on DEIJ in higher education

The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) is deeply and firmly committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) as the foundation of sound science and science education. SICB unequivocally condemns recent steps taken by the state of Florida, or any state, that would threaten the integrity of science by weakening DEIJ initiatives and […]

Congratulations SICB 2023 BSP Winners!

Division of Animal Behavior Marlene Zuk Award for best talk: Rebecca Westnick, University of Kentucky Alarm cues alter nursing behavior in aggressive honey bee colonies (Apis Mellifera) Rebecca Westwick is a late-stage PhD candidate at the University of Kentucky advised by Dr. Clare Rittschof. She uses honey bees to study how previous experiences–particularly social experiences […]

A toadally awesome defense system: How do Toads make their poison?

by Lisa Mesrop With their lumpy and warty features, large animated eyes, and soft-padded toes, toads are pretty darn cute. But there is one group of cute and slimy toads you don’t want to kiss. Toads within the family Bufonidae produce a poison cocktail from specialized glands in their skin that is potent enough to […]

Integrative Biology Incubator Workshop, Oct. 14th, 2022

Integrative Biology Incubator Workshop October 14th 9-11 AM PDT / 12-2 PM EDT How do plants, animals, fungi and algae solve the same problems differently? What blind spots become apparent in our core biological concepts when we compare and contrast solutions from different biological kingdoms?  What do you wish more biologists knew about the kingdom […]

Gut check: What does our social circle tell us about our environment?

If we have learned anything from the events of the past few years, it is that life can be highly unpredictable. Animals (including people) must integrate lots of – often conflicting – information when deciding how to respond to a chaotic environment. This is a subject that Dr. Jamie Cornelius, a biologist at Oregon State […]

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