Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology News

Two VolsTeach Students Receive Noyce Scholarship

Two UT students have been awarded a Noyce Scholarship for the 2015–2016 school year for their outstanding performance in the classroom and commitment to the teaching profession.

UT Research: Conservation Organizations Need to Keep Up with Nature


A new paper authored by UT professor suggests that in order to cope, conservation organizations need to adapt like the organisms they seek to protect. The paper, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, argues that conservation organizations need to be bolder in their adaptation efforts given the rate and extent of the ecological changes that are coming.

Registration Opens Saturday for the Sixty-Fifth Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage


Registration for the 65th annual Wildflower Pilgrimage begins Saturday, February 14. Each year, more than 700 people from more than thirty-five states and beyond descend on the Great Smoky Mountains as spring flora color the forest with flowers and vibrant spring migratory birds return to their summer home.

UT Study: Crocodiles Just Wanna Have Fun, Too


Turns out we may have more in common with crocodiles than we’d ever dream. According to research by a UT psychology professor, crocodiles think surfing waves, playing ball, and going on piggyback rides are fun, too.

How Bats Can Help And Hurt You


Gary McCracken, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was a guest on the NPR radio show “On Point with Tom Ashbrook.”  On the call-in show, he discussed bats, Ebola, and bat conservation. McCracken is one of the nation’s leading bat experts. His research focuses on animal behavior and interactions with their environments. His current work

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Ant Expert, Sociobiology Founder Receives UT’s Eighth Honorary Degree

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Throughout his career, Edward O. Wilson has discovered more than 450 ant species and is now regarded as the founder of sociobiology. Today, UT awarded him the Honorary Doctor of Science and Letters degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the College of Arts and Sciences during the fall commencement ceremony. This is the eighth honorary degree the university has granted.