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Calling all pollinator fans: University of Illinois seeks citizen scientists

For the second year, University of Illinois Extension is calling all lovers of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators that keep our crops and gardens growing to join scientists in tracking their distribution and habitat use across the state.

Lisa Ainsworth of USDA-ARS elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Lisa Ainsworth, a research plant physiologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and adjunct professor of plant biology and crop sciences at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences — largely considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.

Virus-infected honey bees more likely to gain entrance to healthy hives

Entomology professor Adam Dolezal and his colleagues found that infection with the Israeli acute paralysis virus increases the likelihood that infected bees are accepted by foreign colonies.

College of LAS announces named scholar positions

Carl Bernacchi honored for contributions in education and research

2020 World of Biology Photo Competition

Deadline for submissions: 12:00 noon, Thursday, May 7, 2020

When warblers warn of cowbirds, blackbirds get the message

This is the story of three bird species and how they interact. The brown-headed cowbird plays the role of outlaw: It lays its eggs in other birds’ nests and lets them raise its young – often at the expense of the host’s nestlings. To combat this threat, yellow warblers have developed a special “seet” call that means, “Look out! Cowbird!”

In a new study, researchers Shelby Lawson and Mark Hauber at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign report that red-winged blackbirds respond to the seet call as if they know what it means.

Grad student names new treehopper species after Lady Gaga

Brendan Morris discovered a new genus and species of treehopper. He named it in honor of the musical artist Lady Gaga.

3 continents, 2 majors, 1 minor, and published research

How I shaped my unique journey at Illinois

Abby Knipp is a recent graduate of the College of LAS, where she studied Spanish, earth, society, & environmental sustainability (ESES), and integrative biology.

Who would’ve thought that a girl from cold, northern Minnesota, far from any body of salt-water and who had never even stepped foot into the ocean would decide to choose marine biology as a future career field? But here I am!