Predators key to helping prey adapt to climate change
The key to helping animals evolve quickly in response to climate change could actually be their predators, according to a new UBC study.
Dec 16, 2015
Why we live on Earth and not Venus
Compared to its celestial neighbours Venus and Mars, Earth is a pretty habitable place. So how did we get so lucky? A new study sheds light on the improbable evolutionary path that enabled Earth to sustain life.
Jul 21, 2015
Adaptability to local climate helps invasive species thrive
The ability of invasive plants to rapidly adapt to local climates – and potentially to climate change – may be a key factor in how quickly they spread.
Oct 17, 2013
Captured: Mysterious oyster killers
UBC researchers have apprehended tiny, elusive parasites that have plagued oysters from B.C. to California.
Jul 25, 2013
Eating right key to survival of whales and dolphins: UBC research
In the marine world, high-energy prey make for high-energy predators. And to survive, such marine predators need to sustain the right kind of high-energy diet. Not just any prey will do, suggests a new study by researchers from the University of British Columbia and University of La Rochelle, in France.
Nov 21, 2012
Backpack-toting birds help UBC researchers reveal migratory divide, conservation hotspots
By outfitting two British Columbia subspecies of Swainson’s thrushes with penny-sized, state-of-the-art geolocators, University of British Columbia researchers have been able to map their wildly divergent migration routes and pinpoint conservation hotspots.
Sep 25, 2012
Single-cell parasites co-opt “ready-made” genes from host: UBC research
Two species of single-cell parasites have co-opted “ready-made” genes from their hosts that in turn help them exploit their hosts, according to a new study by University of British Columbia and University of Ottawa researchers.
Jul 18, 2012
Picky females promote diversity: UBC-IIASA study
Picky females play a critical role in the survival and diversity of species, according to a Nature study by researchers from the University of British Columbia and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.
Apr 1, 2012
Monogamy reduces major social problems of polygamist cultures
In cultures that permit men to take multiple wives, the intra-sexual competition that occurs causes greater levels of crime, violence, poverty and gender inequality than in societies that institutionalize and practice monogamous marriage.
Jan 23, 2012
Happy guys finish last, says new study on sexual attractiveness
Women find happy guys significantly less sexually attractive than swaggering or brooding men, according to a new University of British Columbia study that helps to explain the enduring allure of “bad boys” and other iconic gender types.
May 24, 2011
Death anxiety prompts people to believe in intelligent design, reject evolution: UBC research
Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.) have found that people’s death anxiety can influence them to support theories of intelligent design and reject evolutionary theory.
Mar 30, 2011
“David and Goliath” viruses shed light on the origin of jumping genes: UBC study
University of British Columbia researchers have identified a small virus that attacks another virus more than 100 times its own size, rescuing the infected zooplankton from certain death. The discovery provides clues to the evolutionary origin of some jumping genes found in other organisms.
Mar 3, 2011
Tiny fish evolved to tolerate colder temperature in three years: UBC study
University of British Columbia researchers have observed one of the fastest evolutionary responses ever recorded in wild populations. In as little as three years, stickleback fish developed tolerance for water temperature 2.5 degrees Celsius lower than their ancestors.
Aug 4, 2010
Tropical birds waited for land crossing between North and South America: UBC study
Despite their ability to fly, tropical birds waited until the formation of the land bridge between North and South America to move northward, according to a University of British Columbia study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition.
Dec 9, 2009