Department of Zoology
Why whales don’t get brain damage when they swim
Special blood vessels may protect whales from pulses in their blood that would damage the brain while swimming, new research has suggested.
Sep 22, 2022
How to avoid becoming a mosquito’s dinner
In this Q&A, Dr. Ben Matthews, professor in the UBC department of zoology, explains how to avoid being on the menu for mozzies, and why the future of bite prevention might include odour-reducing skin creams.
Aug 15, 2022
UBC experts on World Oceans Day
UBC experts are available to comment on various topics on June 8, World Oceans Day.
Jun 6, 2022
Canada ranks third worldwide in permeable landscapes for wildlife
Canada ranks third in the world for animal movement between protected areas, finds new UBC research.
Jun 2, 2022
Here’s why whales don’t drown when they gulp down food underwater
Ever wondered whether whales can burp, and why they don’t drown when they gulp down gallons of water and krill? New UBC research may just hold the answer.
Jan 20, 2022
Physical fitness of wild Pacific sockeye salmon unaffected by PRV
The respiratory performance of wild Pacific sockeye salmon functions normally even when infected with piscine orthoreovirus (PRV), according to a new study released today.
Jul 13, 2021
What’s killing killer whales? Orca report covering a decade of necropsies identifies threats
Pathology reports on more than 50 killer whales stranded over nearly a decade in the northeast Pacific and Hawaii show that orcas face a variety of mortal threats—many stemming from human interactions.
Dec 2, 2020
Newly discovered wasp turns social spiders into zombies
It sounds like the plot of the world’s tiniest horror movie: deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, a newly discovered species of wasp transforms a “social” spider into a zombie-like drone that abandons its colony to do the wasp’s bidding.
Nov 27, 2018
Hummingbird vision wired to avoid high-speed collisions
Hummingbirds are among nature’s most agile fliers. They can travel faster than 50 kilometres per hour and stop on a dime to navigate through dense vegetation.
Jul 18, 2016
Freshwater and ocean acidification stunts growth of developing pink salmon
Pink salmon that begin life in freshwater with high concentrations of carbon dioxide, which causes acidification, are smaller and may be less likely to survive, according to a new study from UBC.
Jun 29, 2015