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Vincent O'Leary on the Schuylkill River as part of the "Project Footpath" course.

In the Classroom and on the River Banks, Passing on a Love for Science

Vincent O’Leary is using his time at Drexel to get others interested in science, whether that means teaching elementary school students about physics or helping launch a class to explore urban ecology and environmental science.
swarm of army ants

Underground Ants Can't Take the Heat

A new Drexel study shows underground species of army ants are much less tolerant of high temperatures than their aboveground relatives—and that could mean  climate change models lack a key element of how animal physiology could affect responses to changing environments.
African Pygmy Kingfisher (Ispidina picta) photographed in Vwaza Wildlife Reserve, Malawi. Credit: Jason D. Weckstein

Study of African Birds Reveals Hotbed of Malaria Parasite Diversity

A new study published this week in the journal PLOS ONE explores the scope of malaria parasite diversity in southeast African birds, and provides insight into how lifestyle characteristics of birds can influence their association with different parasite genera.
A Nigeria-Cameroon chimp rescued from illegal animal trafficking who now lives at the Limbe Wildlife Center in Cameroon. Credit Paul Sesink Clee

Studies of Africa's Most Endangered Chimpanzees Show Complex Evolutionary Past, Perilous Future

A Drexel-led team's complementary analyses of population genetics, geographical distribution and habitat use paint a new picture of the evolutionary past and potentially bleak future of the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee, already the most endangered chimp subspecies.
A northern pine snake near the edge of an asphalt road in New Jersey. Credit: Dane Ward

Roadside Research from the New Jersey Pinelands and Coast to Coast

Three doctoral students from Drexel's Laboratory of Pinelands Research are presenting their work with northern pine snakes and the Pine Barrens gentian at the Ecological Society of America meeting, after doing some new roadside research during their cross-country drive to Sacramento.

Can Insects Be Art? In Exhibit Coming to the Academy, They Are

For some people, the idea of playing with insects may not sound too appealing. But for Christopher Marley, insects are a vibrant artistic medium.

Paperwasps in Different Castes Develop Different-Sized Sensory Brain Structures

A queen in a paperwasp colony largely stays in the dark. The worker wasps, who fly outside to seek food and building materials, see much more of the world around them. A new study led by Drexel professor Sean O'Donnell, PhD, indicates that the brain regions involved in sensory perception also develop differently in these castes, according to the different behavioral reliance on the senses.
Academy watershed grant

Academy of Natural Sciences to Provide Scientific Guidance in Watershed Protection

The Academy of Natural Sciences has received a major grant from the William Penn Foundation to support watershed protection and restoration in the Delaware watershed.

Karen Sullam

Studying the Life Aquatic

Graduate student Karen Sullam is fascinated by and currently studying a most interesting area of aquatic life and ecosystems—fish guts.