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New scholarly focus needed to help solve global food crisis, U-M experts say

The global food system is unsustainable and urgently needs an overhaul. Yet current approaches to finding solutions through applied academic research are too narrow and treat the food system as a collection of isolated components.

A celebration of EEB faculty and research scientist awards and promotions

Here’s a compilation of recent faculty promotions and awards to celebrate the accomplishments of the wonderful EEBers who comprise our department.


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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