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Alumnus’ Snake Research Shared in Nature Magazine

CONWAY, Ark. (June 13, 2014) – In just one year of graduate school, recent Hendrix graduate Chris Akcali has seen his research appear in Nature

A 2013 Hendrix graduate, Akcali, an evolutionary biologist, is in graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

The Nature story describes how scarlet king snakes in North Carolina's Sandhills forest have evolved to better resemble coral snakes, a venomous species that vanished from the region more than 50 years ago, to evade predators, such as red-tailed hawks.

Read the full story here.

Akcali’s project builds on the work that his Hendrix mentor, biology professor Dr. George Harper, did for his dissertation with the same advisor when Harper was a UNC graduate student.

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