2012-13 News Archive

W&M's Department of Biology: News stories from 2012-13.

Fair game? CCB will examine hunting pressure on shorebirds

The 2011 loss of two whimbrels included in the Center for Conservation Biology’s tracking project to hunters near Port-Louis, Guadeloupe, was a watershed event for shorebird scientists, forcing them to consider the real possibility that hunting within the West Indies and the northern coast of South America may be playing a significant role in observed population declines.

Freshman phage lab evolves into study of proteomics

What could possibly be a follow-up to a group of freshmen discovering a new form of life and finding new genes in its genome? Having that same group continue their research in a new investigation of bacteriophage proteomics.

Invertebrate love

Spring is in full bloom in William & Mary’s biology labs, with more than 350 undergraduate students spawning marine invertebrates.

The politics of fishing in East Africa

As a child, Sarah Glaser dreamed of working in Africa. In studying the fishing of Lake Victoria, Glaser made her dream come true.

Diane Shakes
Professor Shakes receives Plumeri Award

Diane Shakes was one of 20 William and Mary faculty to receive the Plumeri award for Faculty Excellence in recognition of their exemplary achievements in regard to teaching, research and service.

OspreyWatch begins second season

For the second year, the Center for Conservation Biology is sounding the call to OspreyWatchers throughout the world to record and share their observations with a growing online community of global citizens that are linked by an interest in osprey biology and a concern for aquatic environments.

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2013 Creative Adaptation awards announced

Four entries chosen that improve the quality of education at the university while reducing costs or generating revenue that can be reinvested.

Brian Rabe '13 to be awarded Thomas Jefferson Prize

Brian Rabe '13 is the 2013 winner of the Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy. Rabe, a double major in biology and chemistry, has set his sights on being a researcher and professor at a university.

Greg Capelli
Dr. Gregory M. Capelli (1948-2012)

Dr. Greg Capelli, 64, of Lanexa, Virginia died on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dr. Capelli recently retired as Professor Emeritus of Aquatic Biology at the College of William & Mary after 38 years of service.

George Gilchrist
George Gilchrist named as AAAS 2012 Fellow

George Gilchrist, Biology Department Emeritus Professor, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Homecoming Reception - 2012

Despite the threat of Hurricane Sandy, alumni reunited for 2012 Homecoming Weekend.

CCB tracks another surprising whimbrel migration

Catching whimbrels on their breeding grounds in the Arctic Circle is quite different from trapping those same birds in their mid-migration staging areas on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Putting the trees onto the map

A student and professor have been collaborating on a survey of the most important trees on the verdant campus of William & Mary.