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Andrew Seraichick '13 on the group's first day in Antarctic Sound.
Chisels, GPS and a Sledgehammer - Packing for an Antarctic Island Trip

What does one pack for a trip to an Antarctic island?  Items not found on a typical packing checklist, as some Hamilton students learned this week when they prepared for an expedition to Robertson Island.  It’s week two of the Antarctica 2012 research expedition, aboard the ship Nathaniel B. Palmer for Natalie Elking ’12, Manique Talaia-Murray ’12, Andrew Seraichick ’13, Elizabeth Bucceri ’11 and Associate Professor of Biology Mike McCormick.   More ...

U.S. Antarctic Program ship Nathaniel B. Palmer
Five Hamiltonians on Antarctic Research Expedition

An international team of scientists - including Associate Professor of Biology Mike McCormick, alumna Elizabeth Bucceri ’11 and students Natalie Elking ’12, Manique Talaia-Murray ’12 and Andrew Seraichick ’13 - have embarked on the third cruise of the LARISSA program aboard the U.S. Antarctic Program ship Nathaniel B. Palmer.  More ...

Ernest Williams
Williams Gives Invited Lecture at Boston University

Professor of Biology Ernest Williams gave an invited lecture, "Population Trends and Overwinter Survival in Monarch Butterflies," to the Biology Department at Boston University on Jan. 23.  More ...

A view of Panama Bay from Naos Lab
Smythe Joins Research Team in Panama

In December, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Ashleigh Smythe joined nine other scientists for two weeks of field research on the Pacific coast of Panama. The team was based at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s marine research laboratory on Naos Island in Panama Bay on the outskirts of Panama City and near the entrance to the Panama Canal.  More ...

monarchs in flight
TIME for Kids Quotes Williams on Monarchs

Time for Kids, a a weekly classroom news magazine produced by TIME Inc. that covers “a wide range of real-world topics,” focused its Sept. 30 issue on monarch butterflies. Professor of Biology Ernest Williams was quoted extensively throughout the two lead articles that also referenced his recently published study on the decline of monarchs.  More ...

Professor Bill Pfitsch's group on Sept. 25.
Ecology Class Treks to Adirondacks

For the 28th consecutive year, the Ecology course (Bio. 237) traipsed to the top of Whiteface Mountain. This year's class was so large that it was split into two separate trips. As usual, the weather for this trip was unpredictable. The first trip took place on Sept. 25 with Prof. Bill Pfitsch and found warmth, blue skies and grand vistas. The second trip, led by Prof. Ernest Williams on Oct. 2, encountered dense overcast skies, rain and chilly temperatures.  More ...

E. O. Wilson
Biologist E.O. Wilson Urges Protection for Biodiversity

Biologist E.O. Wilson made the case for the protection of biodiversity in a lecture titled “The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth,” on Monday, Oct. 3. The Biology and Environmental Studies departments brought Wilson to Hamilton for the annual James S. Plant Distinguished Scientist Lecture.


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Nick Richards '12
Richards ’12 Researcher in Nature Article

Nick Richards ’12 was a member of a research team whose article, “CTCF-binding elements mediate control of V(D)J recombination,” was recently published in Nature, an international weekly science journal. The article presents the results of work conducted at the Departments of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital/Immune Disease Institute.  More ...

Professors David Gapp (left) and Jonathan Vaughan.
Professors Gapp and Vaughan Named to Endowed Chairs

Dean of Faculty Patrick D. Reynolds announced the appointment of two of Hamilton's most outstanding teacher-scholars to endowed chairs. Professor of Biology David Gapp was appointed to the Silas D. Childs Chair, and Professor of Psychology Jonathan Vaughan was appointed to the James L. Ferguson Chair. Both appointments were effective July 1.  More ...

Christopher Kline, James Liebow, Prof. Ashleigh Smythe, Kristin Forgrave, Abby Koppa, Jacyln Specht
Smythe Lab Investigates Parasitic Worms

Parasitic species can help control their hosts’ populations and add to an ecosystem’s biodiversity. This summer Kristin Forgrave ’12, Christopher Kline ’12, James Liebow ’13, Jaclyn Specht ’12, and Abby Koppa ’12 worked with Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Ashleigh Smythe on a project to explore parasitic worms in natural habitats.  The group worked on three separate projects that dealt with different worm species and hosts.  More ...

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