Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology News

It’s Not a Bird! It’s Not a Plane! It’s the Fastest Flying Mammal, Says UT Study

Close up of a Brazilian free-tailed bat. 
(Photo source/credit: Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation)

A new study from UT 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. The research was published this week in the journal Royal Society Open Science and featured in the Washington Post.

Smithsonian Magazine Features Simberloff in ‘Altered Ecosystems’ Story

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Smithsonian Magazine featured Daniel Simberloff in this story examining the idea of “rewilding” landscapes to return them to a natural state. The magazine highlighted Simberloff’s recent study, which indicates that efforts to restore land back to its natural state by reintroducing wild animals may be limited at best.

Riechert Receives 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Award

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A leading UT expert on spiders who has worked to make science education more accessible to public school students has received a top award from the Southeastern Conference. Susan Riechert was honored with the 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Award.