Life Sciences students discover a new lichen species in Glen Canyon. As DNA sequencing didn’t match the green lichen, Jacob Henrie ('22) and biology professor Steve Leavitt concluded that this scaly symbiotic fungus was, in fact, a brand-new species of lichen.
A group of scientists from Brigham Young University and the University of Colorado have found a remote location deep in the icy heart of Antarctica’s Transantarctic Mountains where the soil contains no distinguishable sign of life. It represents the first time humans have discovered earthly soil that appears uninhabitable.
BYU major partner in project to combat Alzheimer's, dementia in Native, Pacific Islander communities
BYU is a major partner in a new $14.6-million National Institute on Aging-funded project to expand treatment and research on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander groups.
A team of BYU biologists has been tracking dragonflies around the world, from Vietnam to the islands of Vanuatu. Their goal is to piece together the first-ever phylogenic tree of all 6,300 known species and their ancestors.
Meet Our Biologists
Dr. Koide is currently on a research trip to Japan, where he is studying fungi. His research focuses on ecology and he loves teaching in both the lab and the classroom. It's his favorite part of his job!
Erica is a junior majoring in Biology. She enjoys the variety of directions there are to go with a biology degree. She said, "Everyone can have their own path and choose to do something they really enjoy doing. I am choosing to do cosmetic science, where I make cosmetic products in a lab."
Eva recently returned from a study abroad in Vietnam where she studied dragonflies and damelflies with Dr. Seth Bybee! She is majoring in biology and minoring in environmental science. Eva grew up in Seattle and will be a senior this fall. She plans to continue working in environmental research after graduation.
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