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  • The mottled duskywing is at the heart of an ambitious, five-year conservation program at the University of Guelph that aims to breed the insect and reintroduce it in the few remaining pockets of oak savannah in Ontario. The five-year project has received $825,000 in funding for what may be our last chance to bring back a disappearing butterfly to areas where it used to thrive.

  • There were rich sources of information on COVID-19 out there. But while all that data had plenty to say about the times we are living in, it still took Grace Yi and her colleagues to help tell its story. “Our group felt we should use our expertise and experience to tell the story of the pandemic in Canada from the statistical perspectives,” said the Computer Science and Statistical and Actuarial Sciences professor. “We could not let the data just sit there.”

  • Animals, particularly prey that avoid predators, construct a map of their environments in their minds, navigate with this map to stay in safe areas while avoiding more dangerous ones; this is what scientists call "landscape of fear." We, as humans, particularly influence this "landscape" because we have the propensity and ability to kill almost everything. We routinely and ruthlessly kill animals from the very top down to the very bottom of nature's food web.

  • A new study from Western University identifies a specific gene in fruit flies that drives female mate acceptance and rejection – a vital discovery for understanding how all species, including humans, survive and thrive on planet Earth. Identifying fruitless as a gene affecting female receptivity to potential mates also further explains the reproductive barriers between species, as mate rejection is also critical for preventing cross-species mating, a process called ‘reproductive isolation’.