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A Frosted Elfin, one of the species studied.
Ernest Williams Co-Authors Article in Biological Conservation

In a new study, Hamilton College Biology Professor Ernest Williams and Boston University researchers have found that butterflies show signs of being affected by climate change in a way similar to plants and bees, but not birds, in the Northeast United States. Their findings indicate that butterflies are flying earlier in warmer years.  More ...

Williams Publishes Article and Photos in American Butterflies

“Microclimates and the Survival of Overwintering Monarchs” by William R. Kenan Professor of Biology Ernest Williams was published in the summer issue of American Butterflies magazine.  More ...

A Yellowstone checkerspot butterfly, as pictured on the cover of <em>Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society.</em>
Williams Publishes in Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society

Ernest Williams, the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology, published an article titled “Population Loss and Gain in the Rare Butterfly Euphydryas gillettii (Nymphalidae)” in Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society (66:147-155).  This study revealed some of the effects of climate change on living organisms.  More ...

Students in Bio. 237 with Professors Ernest Williams and Bill Pfitsch.
Ecology Class Examines Adirondack Forest

For the 29th year in a row, the ecology class (Bio. 237) went up Whiteface Mountain to look at how and why the composition and structure of the forest changes with elevation. The 23 students on the Oct. 7 trip were led by Associate Professor of Biology Bill Pfitsch and Ernest Williams, the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology.  More ...

Students who had science-related summer internships recounted their experiences.
Science Majors Share Summer Internship Experiences

Five Hamilton students who spent the summer working in science-related internships had the opportunity to share information on their experiences in the first event in a new Career Center series on Sept. 24.  More ...

Ken Bart's electron microscrope image of the surface of a tomato leaf.
Electron Microscopy Images by Bart in Huffington Post

Two of Ken Bart's microscopy images appear in an article “Everyday Objects Up Close” in The Huffington Post (9/17/12). Bart is director of Hamilton’s Microscopy and Imaging Facility. The slide show features electron microscope images provided by scientific instruments company FEI.  Bart’s images show the surface of a tomato leaf and a caterpillar.  More ...

Jinnie Garrett, right, speaks with students at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh.
Garrett Gives Workshop in Bangladesh

Professor of Biology Jinnie Garrett presented a workshop titled "Critical Consumption of Scientific Developments at the Local Level: How does community decide whether a particular scientific product is beneficial?” at the Grassroots Women's Political Leadership Forum held Sept. 9-19 at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh.  More ...

Ashleigh Smythe collecting sand in coral reef habitat, Tobago.
Smythe Joins Trinidad and Tobago Research Team

In August, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Ashleigh Smythe joined five other scientists and scuba divers for two weeks of field research on the island of Tobago, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in the southern Caribbean Ocean.  More ...

Matthew Therkelsen '12, Wei-Jen Chang and Tani Leigh '12 in Olso, Norway.
Chang, Recent Grads Present in Norway

Assistant Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang and his thesis students, Tani Leigh ’12 and Matthew Therkelsen ’12, presented during the Protist2012 conference held July 29-Aug. 3 at the University of Oslo in Norway.  More ...

Ravi Jariwala '13, Rachel Green '14 and Matthew Therkelsen '12.
Students Search For Cure for Devastating Freshwater Fish Disease, Ich

Hamilton’s student researchers are making great strides in the expansive Ich Genome Project, a multi-institutional effort to develop preventative and combative treatments for Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (Ich), also known as white spot disease in fish. Ravi Jariwala ’13 and Rachel Green ’14 are working under the direction of Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang and recent graduate Matthew Therkelsen ’12 to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) genetic markers.  More ...

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