Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
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The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is delighted to present the EEB First Paper Award to recognize Leslie Decker and Amanda Meier for their first lead-authored publications.
The video captures the beauty of the University of Michigan field station in early June including the diversity of habitats and wildlife.
Frigid polar oceans, not balmy coral reefs, are species-formation hot spots for marine fishes
Tropical oceans teem with the dazzle and flash of colorful reef fishes and contain far more species than the cold ocean waters found at high latitudes. This well-known “latitudinal diversity gradient” is one of the most famous patterns in biology, and scientists have puzzled over its causes for more than 200 years.
One frequently advanced explanation is that warm reef environments serve as evolutionary hot spots for species formation. But a new study that analyzed the evolutionary relationships between more than 30,000 fish species concludes that the fastest rates of species formation have occurred at the highest latitudes and in the coldest ocean waters.
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