Harvard bee experts discuss the murder hornet threat

Bee health experts Benjamin de Bivort and James Crall discuss the murder hornet threat and other dangers facing bees.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
June 3, 2020 ~9 min

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How new plant species get their names

Kanchi Gandhi is one of a small group of global experts who referees the rules of naming new plant species.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 25, 2019 ~9 min

Tags:  science-technology  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  alvin-powell  department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  botany  kanchi-gandhi  nomenclature

Why jackals thrive where humans dominate

The surprising success story of the golden jackal in Europe holds lessons about nature’s resilience and about how nature might respond to the evolutionary pressure exerted by humans as we change the natural landscape. The Gazette spoke with doctoral student Nathan Ranc for insight.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 25, 2019 ~18 min

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How do tiny termites make such massive mounds?

Researchers investigate how centimeter-sized termites, without architects, engineers or foremen, can build complex, long-standing, meter-sized structures all over the world.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Feb. 12, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  sustainability  architecture  basic-research  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  construction  department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  l-mahadevan  termite-mounds  termites

How do tiny termites make such massive mounds?

Researchers investigate how centimeter-sized termites, without architects, engineers or foremen, can build complex, long-standing, meter-sized structures all over the world.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Feb. 12, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  sustainability  architecture  basic-research  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  construction  department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  l-mahadevan  termite-mounds  termites

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