Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

LA Times covers Berkeley research linking smelling food to weight gain

July 6, 2017

New findings suggest that the odor of what we eat may play an important role in how the body deals with calories. If you can’t smell your food, you may burn it rather than store it.

Berkeley biologists uncover how the dinosaurs’ extinction was frogs’ gain

July 5, 2017

A new study by Chinese and American biologists shows that if the calamity had not wiped the planet clean of most terrestrial life 66 million years ago, 88 percent of today’s frog species wouldn’t be here. Nearly nine out of 10 species of frog today have descended from just three lineages that survived the mass extinction.

Berkeley biologists map the world through a mouse’s whiskers

June 27, 2017

Mice, unlike cats and dogs, are able to move their whiskers to map out their surroundings, much as humans use their fingers to build a 3D picture of a darkened room. UC Berkeley researchers have for the first time reconstructed the whisker map a mouse creates of its surroundings in order to navigate its world, catch insects and avoid cats.

New gene-editing technique could drive out mosquito-borne disease

June 26, 2017

Scientists at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have demonstrated a way to edit the genome of disease-carrying mosquitoes that brings us closer to suppressing them on a continental scale.

Two early career biology researchers awarded Pew grants

June 23, 2017

Two young UC Berkeley biomedical scientists received awards last week from the Pew Charitable Trusts to support their research on the brain.

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Research Featured in LA Times

June 23, 2017

The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology is working to unravel why bird eggs come in different shapes.

Berkeley Lab Researchers Share Solutions for a Sustainable Future

May 31, 2017

Making fuel from sunlight, increasing the resiliency of urban waterfronts, and developing low-cost batteries for energy storage are among the many efforts by Berkeley researchers aimed at creating solutions for energy efficiency, sustainability, and the environment.

Update: Peregrine falcon chicks on Campanile now banded, getting ready to fly

June 19, 2017

Experts made their way to the second balcony of the Campanile today to band two peregrine falcon chicks, whose family made a home on the 307-foot bell tower last month. The chicks are believed to have hatched on May 22.

Doug Bell, a wildlife program manager at Wast Bay Regional Park District and Berkeley alumnus, discusses the Campanile’s first-known peregrine falcon family

June 12, 2017

When Doug Bell heard that a pair of peregrine falcons was nesting on the Campanile, he couldn’t believe his luck. An avid falconer, Bell has been fascinated with peregrines — the fastest animal in the world — since he was a kid growing up in Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in zoology from UC Berkeley, where he studied ornithology and systematic biology. Berkeley News spoke with Bell about the Campanile’s first-known peregrine falcon family, and how the top-speed bird has soared back from the brink of extinction.

Ph.D. student pioneers storytelling strategies for science communication

June 7, 2017

28-year-old ElShafie is one of the few people in the country who focus on adapting storytelling strategies from the film industry to science communication. For the past year and a half, she has been leading workshops for scientists — primarily graduate students — on how to tell stories about their research that resonate with a broader audience.