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Our undergraduate experiential learning results in significant discovery about predicting biodiversity.

This new study, published online today, is the result of data collected by our undergraduate students as part of their field course, Coastal Community Ecology.

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Targeting high quality adult habitat important for rockfish protection & MPA design

Two recent studies published in MEPS give new insight into rockfish population dynamics in Barkley Sound with 7 years of survey data.

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Dynamic flume testing at BMSC provides insights into marine hydrokinetic turbine blade performance

Research conducted at the Fluid Dynamics Lab at BMSC contributes to marine hydrokinetic turbine technology.

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Implications of asymmetrical gain and loss of barnacle feeding appendages

Asymmetrical gain and loss of barnacle feeding appendages, in terms of ease or time lag of development, identifies a new cost associated with developmentally plastic change.

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A novel mechanism controlling heart rate in the ancestral Pacific hagfish

This study documents the discovery of a novel control pathway to increase heart rate, and is the first to report a chordate heart implicating HCO3 stimulation of intracellular sAC to produce cAMP and stimulate the spontaneous heartbeat.

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Re-cycling in the sea: Toxic ammonia supplements dietary nitrogen in Pacific spiny dogfish

Spiny dogfish actively uptake toxic ammonia across their gills, convert to valuable urea, which is then used for osmoregulation and supplement dietary nitrogen for protein growth.

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How does female mate choice influence male reproductive tactics and postcopulatory competition in midshipman?

John L. Fitzpatrick (Stockholm University) and authors describe how female mate choice can potentially influence sperm competition risk and shape investment patterns in males between and within male reproductive tactics.

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Divergence of cranial phenotypes among threespine stickleback populations

University of Calgary researchers test the hypothesis that stickleback populations inhabiting differing freshwater environments display cranial phenotypes that are intermediate between the ancestral marine form and the low-plated freshwater populations.

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How do dogfish escape from larger predatory sharks?

“Sharks modulate their escape behavior in response to predator size, speed and approach orientation”. Scott Seamone, Tristan Blaine, and Timothy E. Higham.

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“At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast”, by Dr. Caroline Fox

Dr. Caroline Fox, BMSC Fall Program instructor, has written a new book entitled: “At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast”, to be released early May.

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