Since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in 2010, Annette Engel has been traveling the coastline by boat and foot, taking samples to study how the oil has changed the coastal ecosystems.
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology News
Endemic species are often endangered, and a UT study finds that saving them is more important to biodiversity than previously thought.
Embracing “novel ecosystems” is dangerous, according to a new study by a team including a UT professor.
At the campus’s annual Honors Banquet last week, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Joseph Miles, an assistant professor of counseling psychology, received the LGBT Advocate Award. Susan Riechert, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was named this year’s Notable UT Woman.
When most people envision crocodiles, they think of them waddling on the ground or wading in water—not climbing trees. However, a UT study has found that the reptiles can climb trees as far as the crowns. Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, is the first to thoroughly study the tree-climbing and -basking behavior.
Through teaching, research, and service, our faculty are making an impact on student lives, on our community, and on the world. From music to biology to Spanish, these four faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences are helping their students become lifelong learners.
Services provided by Mother Nature, such as pest control from insect-eating bats, are affected by market forces like most anything else in the economy, a UT study finds. Researchers from UT and the University of Arizona, Tucson, studied how forces such as volatile market conditions and technological substitutes affect the value of pest control services provided by Mexican free-tailed bats on cotton production in the United States.
Researchers at UT have found new clues to how plants evolved to withstand wintry weather. The study suggests that many plants acquired characteristics that helped them thrive in colder climates—such as dying back to the roots in winter—long before they first encountered freezing.
Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press interviewed Aimee Classen, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, who has received more than $880,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate often-overlooked carbon cycle players. Classen and her team will examine factors that influence carbon cycling below the ground and are not included in today’s carbon-cycle models. They