Department of Ecology and Evolutionar Biology News

Slate Features Simberloff in Biocontrol Debate


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.

Science Daily, Phys.Org Feature Simberloff ‘Rewild’ Research


Daniel Simberloff recently co-authored a study that suggests that “rewilding,” efforts to restore land back to its natural state by reintroducing wild animals, may be limited at best. Science Daily and highlighted the study, which was published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology.

Researcher Urges Caution on Rewilding to Restore Wild Spaces


Efforts to restore land back to its natural state by reintroducing wild animals have become increasingly popular in recent years. A study co-authored by Dan Simberloff, the Gore-Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, says scientific evidence supporting the potential benefits of this form of restoration is limited at best. The introduction of species into new places is often met with unexpected negative consequences for the environment.

Huffington Post, Psychology Today Highlight Burghardt Research on Animal Play

The Huffington Post and Psychology Today highlighted Gordon Burghardt‘s research on animal behavior in a story examining how and why dogs play. Burghardt, a UT Alumni Distinguished Service Professor, holds appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.