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Evolutionary Biology

In order to fully comprehend humanity’s impact on global ecosystems, and best inform conservation and restoration efforts going forward, it is crucial to understanding how different species adapt to our changing world. University of Michigan researchers at the School for the Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), the LSA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the Graham Sustainability Institute are examining how organisms adjust to new habitats in an era of human-accelerated climate change, what biological underpinnings exist, and what stakeholders should bear in mind accordingly.

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Davis Rabosky’s creative adaptability also extended to the specimens she introduced to her class, including this toy salamander, which she positioned under a microscope to teach students how to refer to the different parts of the animal. The scope, connected to the computer, allows her and GSI Hayley Crowell to show students very small parts of the specimen up close over Zoom.
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