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UCLA Professor Jamie Lloyd-Smith and Postdoc Katie Gostic Featured in UCLA Newsroom - AIrport Screening for Viruses Misses Half of Infected Travelers but Can be Improved

[Jennifer Mitchell | February 24, 2015] In the past decade, the H1N1 virus and Ebola are just two of the diseases whose spread was spurred by international airline travel. Screening passengers at airports, therefore, could be one key method for slowing the global spread of infectious diseases.

And although a team lead by UCLA researchers has found that airport screening misses at least half of infected travelers, the scientists say that rate could be improved. Their research was published in eLife, a highly regarded open-access online science journal. Read More


Paper by UCLA Professor Kirk Lohmueller and Graduate Student Bernard Kim featured in the NYT :: A New Theory on How Neanderthal DNA Spread in Asia

In 2010, scientists made a startling discovery about our past: About 50,000 years ago, Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of living Europeans and Asians.

Now two teams of researchers have come to another intriguing conclusion: Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of Asians at a second point in history, giving them an extra infusion of Neanderthal DNA. Read More


UCLA Senior Researcher Ren Larison and Professor Tom Smith, et al; Research on Zebras and their stripes featured in the UCLA Newsroom

Why do zebras have stripes?

UCLA study finds that regulating body temperature may be a key factor Read More


EEB Professor Dan Blumstein, Grad Student Adriana Maldonado-Chaparro, and Undergraduate Holly Fuong's Research on marmot alarm callling featured in ScienceShot

Misfit Marmots Save the Day

A peaceful community of yellow-bellied marmots (Marmota flaviventris) should be grateful for its outcasts. Read More


EEB Professor Tom Smith, Senior Researcher Ren Larison, Researcher Ryan Harrigan et al., (Why do zebras have stripes?) featured in Science Magazine and NatGeo

Zebra stripes are a mystery. Scientists have speculated that they do everything from enabling the equids to evade predators by creating an optical illusion when a herd gallops away to regulating body heat to helping the animals avoid biting flies. But a new team of researchers argues that none of these hypotheses has addressed the marked regional variation in the pattern of striping seen on plains zebras (Equus quagga), which range from southern Ethiopia to eastern South Africa. Read More

A leopard may not be able to change its spots, but some zebras change their stripes. Zebras in warmer places have more stripes, a new study shows, which might help answer an age-old question: Why stripes? Read More


UCLA Professor Alfaro Featured Article - Endangered monkeys in the Amazon are more diverse than previously thought, UCLA study finds

Research by UCLA life scientists and 50 colleagues sheds new light on the biological differences among more than 150 species of monkeys in South America, many of which are endangered. Their findings could be particularly important in shaping efforts to conserve the biodiversity of primates in South America. Read More


A Rescue Mission to Save Turtles in the California Drought

Here's another story about the turtles! Read More


UCLA Ecologists Save Endangered Turtles Weakened By The Drought

Biologists with the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science recently went on a rescue mission to save endangered turtles that have become dehydrated, emaciated and stressed-out by the extended drought. Read More


Daniel Blumstein on 'The Sound of Fear,' Nerd Night L.A. Dec. 16

Daniel Blumstein, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will do a talk at Nerd Night L.A. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 7:45 p.m. at The Mint, 6010 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. He will discuss how his research of animal vocalizations provides insights into what makes sounds scary and why we find certain music and movie soundtracks frightening. Read More


Martin Litton, Prominent Conservationist and UCLA Graduate Dies at 97.

Martin Litton, an environmentalist, river pilot, writer and unrelenting forward scout in the battle to preserve what was left of the wilderness in the American West, most notably the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River, died on Nov. 30 at his home in Portola Valley, Calif. He was 97. Read More