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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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Morphological trade-off between drag avoidance and tolerance in wave-swept kelps.

Kelps from wave-swept shores have either a streamlined morphology to reduce drag, or increased attachment and breakage force, but not both, having implications for the evolution of morphological diversity in this group.

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A new book on the evolution of ‘animal athletes’, by Irschick & Higham

This book by Duncan Irschick and BMSC instructor Tim HIgham examines how and why ‘animal athletes’ have evolved using examples from across the animal kingdom, integrating them into the broader context of ecology and evolution.

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Coastal Field Archaeology 2013 student course work published

Undergraduate student course work, examining ancient First Nations mariculture activies on BC’s coast, was recently published in the journal American Antiquites. The research was conducted during the 2013 Coastal Field Archaeology course.

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