The department has teaching and research interests in many aspects of Biology from the cellular and molecular level to organismal to global ecological and conservation issues

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dr. Walters featured in new documentary film

Blackfish, an award winning documentary about the captive killer whale industry hit theaters nationwide on July 26th. The films focuses on Tilikum, the world's largest captive killer whale, who has taken the lives of 3 humans during his 30 years of captivity. Tilikum is currently housed at Sea World Orlando and was involved in the death of a Sea World trainer in 2010. Dr. Walters, an assistant professor in our department, is featured in the film. He worked with Tilikum as a whale trainer from 1987 to 1989 and so the film makers wanted his perspective on Tilikum's early years in captivity. Because of Dr. Walters' experience working with Tilikum, combined with many years conducting research on wild killer whales in his native British Columbia, he was called as an expert witness in 1991after Tilikum was implicated in the death of a whale trainer, the first human death ever attributed to a killer whale.

Read more about this at News@ODU

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tick Robot

What is the first thing you thought about with the title ... a robotic tick?  Well think again, this is a robot that may help us eliminate the pesky ticks that inhabit our playgrounds, be it the home back yard or a public park area. Check out what ODU faculty, Dr Holly Gaff  and Emeritus Professor Dan Sonenshine have been up to with a team of engineers from VMI.....

Tick killing robot
ABC News
Check out the video

Edible Plants

Lytton Musselman, Eminent Professor and the Mary Payne Hogan Professor of Botany,has a new book out on edible plants (The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants) in which the authors discuss wild produce that is reasonably easy to prepare and tastes good. So if you are looking for something different or new, may be go for a hike and pick up dinner while you are doing so. For more check out this article in News@ODU.