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Faculty of Science Strategic Plan

Faculty of Science Strategic Plan

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Researchers discover six new African frog species

It’s not often that a new species is found in a group of well-studied amphibians. But Ben Evans, Biology, was part of a team that reported the discovery of six new species of the African clawed frog, and returned another to the list of known species. Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the team used data ranging from DNA analysis, voice recordings, CT scanning of internal anatomy, chromosome analysis and more. The clawed frogs, found in west and central sub-Saharan Africa, live in slow moving or stagnant water and are characterized by flattened bodies, vocal organs which can produce sound underwater, and claws on its first three toes. Better understanding biodiversity is critical for supporting conservation efforts.

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Study of 6,000 species of song birds sheds light on the role of colourful feathers in survival

Why male song birds have colourful plumage is turning out to be a more complicated story than first thought. Cody Dey, a PhD candidate in Biology at McMaster at the time of the research, was part of a team that looked at nearly 6,000 species for the study published in the international journal Nature. Using advances in computing power and new methods to compare colouration in different species, the research group studied every species of passerine, the perching songbirds that make up about 60 per cent of the world’s 10,000 species of birds.

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Faculty welcomes the inaugural Director of the new School for Interdisciplinary Science

The Faculty of Science and the Dean of Science welcome Dr. Maureen MacDonald, Department of Kinesiology, as the inaugural Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Science. The School of Interdisciplinary Science was formally approved by the Board of Governors on October 22, 2015, and will open officially on January 1, 2016. The School aims to be a national and international centre for interdisciplinary science education. It will foster exploration and discovery while emphasizing experiential, collaborative and student-centred learning.

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