NIH Grant for Graf to Continue Brain Circuitry Research
Submitted on Monday, 7/14/2014, at 11:36 AM
Here’s a humbling notion: the nervous system of a fruit fly larva and that of a human are remarkably similar.
Ethan Graf, assistant professor of biology at Amherst College, calls this similarity “evolutionary conservation,” and he’s been making full use of it since 2005. That’s when he first began studying the synapses, or connections, between neurons in the brain and nervous system of Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly.
Biologist, students use hummingbirds, flowers to unwrap evolution’s mysteries
Submitted on Thursday, 3/6/2014, at 11:07 AM
By Peter Rooney
In a jungle-like enclosure the size of a basketball court on one of the Caribbean’s most ecologically diverse islands, Ethan Temeles, Amherst College's Thomas B. Walton Jr. Memorial Professor of Biology, has devised an audacious experiment he hopes will help answer one of evolution’s most vexing questions once and for all.
Submitted on Monday, 11/19/2012, at 11:46 AM
Acting Like Animals
Ethan Clotfelter, associate professor of biology and neuroscience and chair of the Department of Biology, answers questions about his course Biology 281: “Animal Behavior.” He taught the course last semester and will offer it again in Fall 2013.
Interview and photos by Rob Mattson