Articles by Liam Huber

Liam Huber is a second-year biochemistry major at UCSD. You might spot him performing with Foosh Improv or being stalked by raccoons at 2 am in the backwaters of Sixth College. If you see him outside late at night barefoot, don’t be concerned: if Homo erectus could make it as far as East Asia without footwear then he can probably make it to the water fountain and back. Liam writes on paleobiology and macroevolution for Saltman Quarterly. He should probably be focusing on boosting his Darwinian fitness and/or his o-chem grade, but for now he would rather be doodling dinosaurs. You can contact him at liamblogsforsq@gmail.com.


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Taking the Bite Out of Pathogens: How Researchers at UC San Diego Are Divorcing Mosquitos from Malaria and Other Infectious Diseases

LIAM HUBER AND MAYA GOPALAKRISHNAN | ONLINE REPORTERS | SALTMAN QUARTERLY 17-18 At UC San Diego, Dr. Omar Akbari pioneers a new method to combat some of the world’s deadliest contagions. (Source) Picture the deadliest animal in the world. What comes to mind? Fearsome teeth, bulging muscles, and lethal venom? Great white sharks, Bengal tigers, and…

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Dragons: Why Can’t We Have Them?

LIAM HUBER | ONLINE REPORTER | SQ ONLINE 17-18   Winter is here, at least by Southern California standards, but Game of Thrones is most certainly not. New episodes for the final season are at least a year away, and there is another winter still to come until the show’s three (-ish) iconic dragons return…

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Growing Concerns

LIAM HUBER | ONLINE REPORTER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   Being stuck with summer courses at UC San Diego may put a dent in your travel plans, but it does come with one (pretty big) silver lining. The coastal waters off La Jolla bear witness to the world’s largest gathering of blue whales, the most massive…

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Waking Up

LIAM HUBER | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) How an Ancient Molecule Opened Our Eyes and Exploded Evolution Personally speaking, I have reached both that time of the day and that time of the year when I would really like to go back to bed. Unfortunately, I can’t quite do that; with impending exams, papers that are…

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Late Bloomers

LIAM HUBER | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) How Flowers Overthrew the World’s Reigning Flora and Reshaped the Biosphere, Befuddling Botanists to this Day Having outlasted the 2016 dumpster fire, it would be nice to report that 2017 will be less lousy. Unfortunately, only a few weeks in, this does not look like it will be…

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On Dry Land

 LIAM HUBER | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) How Pioneers Left the Primordial Ocean to Colonize the Continents, And Ended up Bringing the Waters There Too Another quarter, another episode of watching the floodwaters rise from the toilet, spread through the restroom, seep through the wall, and soak the carpet below my suitemate’s bed. If anyone from…

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Warming Up

LIAM HUBER | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) How a Crinkle in Cellular Metabolism Gave Mammals, Birds, and (Maybe) Dinosaurs a Major Competitive Advantage—at a Cost By this point in the school year, between a colossal workload and a meager money supply, you have probably begun wondering exactly how often you have to eat. It is a good…