Promoting Creativity in Science Students

A fundamental pillar of science is the scientific method. Another one is creativity. Creativity is an evolved cognitive mechanism for abstraction, synthesis, and non-recurrent problem solving, skills that all researchers recognize as crucial to developing a successful scientific career. However, creativity is a component of the scientific activity that usually is relegated as secondary. Two researchers from the U.E. Modeling Nature, Isabel Reche (@isabel_reche_c), from the Department of Ecology, and Francisco Perfectti (@fperfectti), from the Department of Genetics, have just published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, the most important journal in ecology and evolution, an essay on the ne

Within-individual phenotypic plasticity in flowers fosters pollination niche shift

Phenotypic plasticity is the ability of a genotype to produce different phenotypes in response to changes in the environment. This is an essential property of living beings but its role in adaptation and acclimatization to environmental changes is not yet fully known. Led by Modeling Nature members, a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Granada, the Experimental Station of Arid Zones (CSIC) and the Universities of Vigo, Pablo Olavide and Rey Juan Carlos has just published an article in the prestigious journal Nature Communications demonstrating experimentally, both in natural conditions and in the laboratory, the phenotypic plasticity of the flowers of a plant specie

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