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Biological Sciences News

Attack on white fringetree by emerald ash borer likely to be widespread, says Wright State researcher

Wright State biology professor Don Cipollini suggests use of white fringetree by emerald ash borer is likely to be widespread and that the beetle may move to close relatives.
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Digging up the past

Wright State student Tyler Heneghan explores the past through field work at the Fort Ancient Earthworks and an internship with the Dayton Society of Natural History and SunWatch Indian Village.
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BioLogue: Departmental Newsletter

Visit the Pleistocene While You Can!
BioLogueFA14 icon.jpgI write this note after just returning from an enjoyable walk into Bill Yeck Park near my house. On a beautiful early Fall afternoon, squirrels ran off with hickory nuts, a queen snake patrolled the edge of Little Sugar Creek, and a deer hid in the shelter of the trees. What could be more pleasant? Imagine instead that my walk carried the possibility of danger behind every tree or clump of grass. Implausible? Such was the case just a week ago when I visited Kruger National Park in South Africa. Lions and leopards lay hidden in the grass (I have the pictures to prove it!). Cape buffalo frequented the landscape, and hippos and crocodiles plied the waterways. A walk through those countrysides-possible only with well-armed escorts--carried with it a different feeling. It was a thrill to come upon a wild elephant or a lion while out for a walk (I experienced both of those); but I don’t think that “pleasant” is the right word!  Amazingly, the situation I describe for current-day Kruger Park also pertained in Ohio not so very long ago. Just 15,000 years ago, during the later stages of the Pleistocene epoch, Ohio experienced its most recent Ice Age.  Continued, click on BioLogue icon......