James McClellan plans to go to veterinary school. In his undergraduate research project at Ozarks he studied whether hox genes (that regulate the number of vertebrae developing in the embryo) are sensitive to the mother’s body temperature during pregnancy. Here, James prepares to surgically implant a tiny temperature recorder into an anesthetized armadillo.
Scientists have recently discovered bacteria on the skin of red-backed salamanders (like this one students in Animal Diversity and Evolution captured) protecting them from the Chytrid fungus that is contributing to the global extinction of amphibians. This bacteria might be used to protect vulnerable species.
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University of the Ozarks Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Warren Sconiers was just a child when he discovered he had a unique interest in nature's smallest creatures.
Breanna Hiatt has taken full advantage of the liberal arts curriculum at University of the Ozarks to find her true calling.
University of the Ozarks junior Amanda Paz spent her summer scaling the jungle canopies of a rain forest, scuba diving at one of the most ecological-rich reefs in the world and working with some of the most diverse animals on the planet. And, it was all done in the name of science.