Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology News

Gavrilets Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

A leading theoretical evolutionary biologist at UT has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Sergey Gavrilets, distinguished professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Mathematics, follows in the footsteps of historical greats such as Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Mead, and Nelson Mandela, who were all notable members of the academy.

News Sentinel: Hughes Among Scientists Studying GSMNP After Wildfires

The Knoxville News Sentinel recently featured Karen Hughes, a mycologist and professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, in a video interview and written article. Hughes is one of many scientists conducting research in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park following the November 2016 wildfires. Her research focuses on fungi that comes up uniquely after fires.

NIMBioS Study: Power of Shared Pain Triggers Extreme Self-Sacrifice

The extreme self-sacrificial behavior found in suicide bombers and soldiers presents an evolutionary puzzle: how can a trait that calls for an individual to make the ultimate sacrifice, especially in defense of a group of non-family members, persist over evolutionary time?

Professors Discuss the Future of Science under Trump

UT’s Gordon Burghardt, professor of psychology, and Nina Fefferman, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, joined Gretchen Goldman from the Union of Concerned Scientists recently on WUOT’s Dialogue.

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

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.