Department of Ecology and Evolutionar Biology News

Researcher Urges Caution on Rewilding to Restore Wild Spaces

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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.

Audubon: How Island Birds Got Their Groove

Audubon magazine recently featured Alison Boyer in this article exploring the variations among island birds, from dwarfism to flightlessness, due to evolution.

WUOT: UT’s Gavrilets Discusses Evolution of Human Warfare

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Sergey Gavrilets recently spoke with WUOT 91.9 FM about human warfare and how it has evolved over time. Gavrilets, distinguished professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is one of the organizers of a three-day workshop that will explore warfare in human societies and how it has potentially acted as a source of natural selection for biological and cultural evolution.

Scientific American: Goannas Dig the Deepest, Twistiest Burrows Of All

Scientific American recently featured the research of Sean Doody, adjunct professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Doody and his colleagues examine the complex, spiraling nest burrows produced by the yellow-spotted Australian monitor lizard, Varanus panoptes.

Ecology Professor Receives Top SEC Award

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A professor who is one of the world’s leading experts on invasive species has received a top award from the Southeastern Conference. Daniel Simberloff was honored with the 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award, the SEC announced Wednesday. He is the Gore-Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He also is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors to be bestowed upon an American scientist.