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.
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology News
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.
The New York Times recently published an article exploring why people love animal videos and referenced the work of Gordon Burghardt.
The early hatching of insect eggs from an invasive pest threatening millions of trees in the eastern United States may be linked to climate change, according to new findings from UT.
A pioneering UT biologist will highlight regional invasive species and their ecological impact during a talk at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 2.
Registration for the sixty-sixth annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage opens at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, February 14. The event is April 19-23 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each year, more than 700 people from more than thirty-five states and beyond descend on the Great Smoky Mountains to see the forest flowers blooming as vibrant spring migratory birds return to their summer home.
February 12 marks the 207th birthday of Charles Darwin, the biologist who shaped the way scientists study life on Earth. Students will honor his birthday with Darwin Day, a paleontology-themed celebration beginning Tuesday, February 9.
Research on the evolution and function of play at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT has culminated in a special issue of the journal Adaptive Behavior. The collection heavily features the research of Gordon Burghardt, who works on many aspects of animal behavior, play behavior, ethical treatment of animals, and zoo animal welfare.
The Washington Post interviewed Susan Riechert, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, for a story about a giant blanket of spiderwebs that appeared in West Tennessee during Thanksgiving week.
A UT team has received a federal grant to help combat a deadly disease affecting bats. The grant will be used to explore how the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome affects Southeastern bats during hibernation.