Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology News

Faculty News and Notes

Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.

Faculty News and Notes

Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.

Professor Links Massive Prehistoric Bird Extinction to Humans

Research by Alison Boyer, a research assistant professor in ecology and evolutionary biology, and an international team studied the extinction rates of nonperching land birds in the Pacific Islands from 700 to 3,500 years ago. Some of the birds studied included birds of prey and ducks. The team uncovered the magnitude of the extinctions and insight into how and why human impacts varied across the region.

Registration Open for Wildflower Pilgrimage

Each year more than six hundred people from more thirty-five states and beyond descend on the Great Smoky Mountains as flowers bloom in almost every shade of the rainbow to explore and enjoy plant and animal life. The five-day exploration of plant and animal life will be held April 23 through 27 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Online registration is now open.

Professor Uses Supercomputing Power to Peer into Protein Translation

Gilchrist, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is using the power of supercomputers at the National Institute of Computational Sciences (NICS) to help advance our quantitative understanding of the costs and errors associated with protein translation.

Epigenetics Study Receiving International Media Attention

Is homosexuality genetic? It’s a long-running debate. Now researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, say they’ve found a clue that may unlock the mystery. It lies in something called epi-genetics. The research is getting media attention worldwide.