Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology News

Science Pubs Highlight Bat Research of Post Doc Leppanen

Christy Leppanen, a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, recently published a review that describes the scope in which invasive species threaten bats. The review summarizes the threats according to four categories: predation, disease, competition, and indirect interactions. Leppanen and her co-author identified threats of 37 invasive species to

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New Scientist: Magic Mushroom Effects on Insects

The New Scientist published an article about the effects of hallucinogenic mushrooms and their insect-repellent properties.  The work, conducted at the Ohio State, incorporated research from the lab of P. Brandon Matheny, associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the research of former student Hailee Korotkin who graduated with a master of

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Simberloff Comments on Forest-Species Study in New York Times

The New York Times featured a study that suggests stitching together forests can help save multiple species. The publication interviewed Daniel Simberloff, an ecologist at UT, who cautioned that the research relied heavily on debatable modeling assumptions.

News Sentinel Highlights Burghardt Expertise About Snake-Human Relationship

A recent Knoxville News Sentinel story explored mankind’s complex relationship with snakes particularly since the reptiles remain a part of so many cultures’ fears, focus of worship, captive exhibits and symbolic or religious meanings. UT’s Gordon Burghardt expounded on the psychology of snakes in this story. He noted that the fear of snakes can easily turn

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Gross Named Fellow of Society for Mathematical Biology

Louis J. Gross has been named a Fellow in the inaugural class of Fellows of the Society for Mathematical Biology. A distinguished UT professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and mathematics, Gross is also the founding and current director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) and director of UT’s Institute for Environmental Modeling.

The Evolution Institute: Burghardt Discusses Niche Construction

The Evolution Institute recently featured a conversation between Gordon Burghardt and  scientist Kevin Laland on the topic of niche construction–the process through which an organism alters its own or another species’ environment, rather than one being passively shaped by the other. Read the interview online. Burghardt is an Alumni Distinguished Service Professor, holds appointments in the

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Scientific American: Can We Really Eat Invasive Species into Submission?

Scientific American weighs the pros and cons of introducing–and removing–invasive species from ecology. The outlet interviewed Martin Nuñez, a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, who has published several papers warning of perverse incentives to distribute economically valuable species more widely.