With the Lego Batman movie premiering recently, National Geographic took a whimsical look at seven ways in which bats are like the fictional Batman character. Nat Geo turned to Gary McCracken—professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and one of the world’s leading experts on bats—for a question about bats’ built-in superpowers.
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Have you ever wondered what’s going on inside the scaly exterior of reptiles? Graduate student Jordan Bush offers insight in a Scientific American guest blog post.
Gordon Burghardt spoke to National Geographic about the play behavior of walruses. New research shows walruses are playful creatures and like to toy with bird carcasses.
Louis Gross, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and mathematics, has been invited to join a National Academies of Sciences committee to set a vision for the emerging discipline of data science in undergraduate education in the United States.
A UT new study by Gary McCracken, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, shows that the Brazilian free-tailed bat can achieve flight speeds that are faster than those previously documented for any bat or bird, achieving short bursts of ground speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Several national and international media outlets including the Washington Post and WIRED have featured the research.
The Knoxville Mercury featured Benjamin Fitzpatrick, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, in this story about salamanders called mudpuppies.
Daniel Simberloff, Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies, weighs in on an industry debate—is biocontrol a better alternative to pesticides– in this Slate story.
The Washington Post and Chicago Tribune quote Daniel Simberloff in stories about a disease that has killed more than one million oak and tanoak trees in coastal California.
The (Lenoir City) News-Herald recently featured several UT graduate students who visited Greenback School this month to teach sixth-grade students about science through a series of workshops related to ecosystems, DNA and termites.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Chattanoogan, and highlighted the recent findings of Dan Simberloff and Christy Leppanen about the possible link between hemlock woolly adelgids’ winter activity and climate change.