It's summer time, and that means temperatures are heating up. While humans are migrating to swimming pools or air-conditioned movie theaters, plants are still stuck outside without the luxury of beach umbrellas or some mediocre fiction to keep them entertained. While there's not much they can do about boredom, plants have evolved plenty of innovative ways to keep cool in harsh environments, and that's the topic of this new series.Read More
FOX’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson premiered this past Sunday. During the show, pioneering microbes were credited with the invention of sex. Here, I cover some of the theory behind this statement and explain why the evolution of sex is pretty remarkable.Read More
"Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place."
Organisms must continue to adapt, lest they be overcome by predators or left behind by prey, but all of that adapting leaves them with no more advantage than they had before. This idea has come to be called the Red Queen Hypothesis, and it made quite an impact on the field of evolutionary biology.Read More
There’s always been a natural appeal to understanding the battle between two enemies. As one adapts, so must the other.
Consider the sit-and-wait predator in his shiny patrol car waiting behind a freeway overpass to catch speeders on the highway. As drivers became more aware of police, they had to employ radar guns to catch their prey...Read More
Do you believe that things happen for a reason or that there is only one way something could happen? Here, I will talk about how microbiology can allow us to experimentally test the concept of fate.
Look outside your window and see for yourself the diversity of life on this planet. Considering we all started as the same particles traveling through space, how did all of this diversity evolve? This question is what drives me to study adaptation, the evolutionary process that allows organisms to better themselves.Read More