The Division of Biological Sciences
Nature paper published by UM professor & UM alumni reveals how birds 'retweet' alarm calls—but only after verifying them
Professor Erick Greene and students published a paper in Nature on the "original tweets and social networking." Their research investigated how red-breasted nuthatches evaluate different sources of information about potential predators, and how this influences the alarm calls they produce. If only humans behaved a bit more like nuthatches we would not have so much "fake news!" This paper is also a 100% product of our local research-shed, since both Nora Carlson and Chris Templeton were students here. Full National Geographic article found here.