The College of Biological Science extends its sincere sympathies to the family, friends, colleagues and students of Dr. Denis Lynn, College Professor Emeritus, who passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 26 on Calvert Island, British Columbia.
"Ryan Norris, an ecology professor from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada said it would be dangerous to think the improved coverage in their wintering grounds meant the butterflies were out of the woods."
A move by Ottawa to use Canada's food guide to drill home the dangers of chronic alcohol use caught some nutrition and addiction experts by surprise, but they welcomed the tougher stance on an issue they say demands a co-ordinated strategy.
"It's sort of been the elephant in the corner of the room," says University of Guelph nutrition professor David Ma, university research leadership chair and director of the Guelph Family Health Study.
"Timing period is actually incredibly important for them because that allows them to regenerate their feathers, and they need to fly the rest of the migration and get back to the breeding grounds the following year," said Elizabeth Gow, a post-doctoral fellow.
John Fryxell, the executive director of the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at The University of Guelph explains that animals can be trained to evaluate the number of objects with some accuracy, especially if there is a food reward.
But generally, animals in the wild, like wolves in a pack, can measure relative magnitude in terms of ratio, rather than actual counting when it comes to an encounter with prey or predators. This is also true of primates and some birds. Humans also do better at assessing ratio or proportions rather than actual numbers.
Merritt Turetsky, a Canada Research Chair and associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph, said, "2018 is a year that will go down in history as a year of unprecedented extreme weather events. Many of these natural disasters are linked to climate change."
Congratulations to the staff and faculty members who were recently recognized for their teaching and mentoring excellence in the College of Biological Science. These awards recognize teaching innovation, impact on student learning and a deep commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
Faculty Teaching Award of Excellence: Prof. Amy Newman
Staff Teaching Award of Excellence: Charlene Winchcombe-Forhan
Graduate Student Teaching Award: Kamil Chatila-Amos
Graduate Mentoring Award of Excellence: Prof. Jamie Burr