Lab News

Welch Lab research in the news!

A paper by recently graduated MSc student Chris Chen published in Functional Ecology is being highlighted by several news sources. Chris’ study, entitled “Hummingbirds can fuel expensive hovering flight completely with either exogenous glucose or fructose” is, as of Dec. 8th, the top story on Futurity.org. In addition, the story has been highlighted by several online news organizations, including: e! […]

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New lab research published in Functional Ecology – with a video feature!

Congratulations to recently graduated MSc student Chris Chen on the publication of his study in Functional Ecology. Chris’ study, entitled “Hummingbirds can fuel expensive hovering flight completely with either exogenous glucose or fructose” examines just how rapidly and completely hummingbirds can use the sugar in their nectar meals to fuel foraging behaviour. Functional Ecology was […]

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New lab publication in the JEB!

A male ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) hovers and feeds from a syringe while carrying a small load of beads. The electromyogram (EMG) traces shown are similar to those occurring in birds muscles during this behviour. Recent MSc graduate Sajeni Mahalingam’s paper, “Neuromuscular control of hovering wingbeat kinematics in response to distinct flight challenges in the ruby-throated […]

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El Tortugario and mangroves in Cuyutlan, Colima, Mexico

We’ve arrived in Colima, Mexico! Before beginning our research on fish-eating myotis bats (Myotis vivesi), we’re taking some time to enjoy the unique ecology of the area. Our first adventure was to Cuyutlán, a coastal location only a 40 minute drive from Colima. The first stop was El Tortugario Centro de Ecológia de Cuyutlán, a […]

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New lab publication in PLOS ONE

A publication by the Welch lab featuring the work of undergraduate researchers Amina Allalou, Prateek Sehgal, and Jason Cheng, in collaboration with UTSC Department of Biology lecturer, Aarthi Ashok, has been published in PLOS ONE. GLUT1 (A & B) and GLUT4 (C & D) staining of muscle fibers in the ruby-throated hummingbird (A & C) […]

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Postdoc Laura McKinnon wins prestigious L’Oreal Award

Congratulations to Dr. Laura McKinnon, a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Welch Lab, on winning a 2013 L’Oreal Canada for Women in Science scholarship! Only 2 of these awards are given each year for all of the sciences throughout Canada. This truly exceptional award will be used to support Dr. McKinnon’s research on the ecology […]

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Lab publication accepted!

Recent MSc graduate Chris Chen’s paper, “Hummingbirds can fuel flight completely with either exogenous glucose or fructose” was accepted for publication in Functional Ecology! This will be Chris’s first publication. Chris is currently pursuing his PhD in the Hood Lab at York University. Here is a brief summary of the paper’s findings and importance: Hovering on a high fructose diet A ruby-throated hummingbird […]

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