National Geographic spoke with UT’s Daniel Simberloff about how a 150-year-old effort to restore remote Ascension Island in the Atlantic may help humans add trees to Mars and possibly save Earth.
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology News
Warming temperatures are prompting some tree species in the Rocky Mountains to “migrate” to higher elevations in order to survive.
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.
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.
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?
The “Hyrdolunteers” were formed in 2015 as a way for students from varying backgrounds to come together to better understand, protect, and preserve water resources in East Tennessee.
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.
With the Lego Batman movie premiering recently, National Geographic took a whimsical look at seven ways in which bats are like the fictional Batman character. Nat Geo turned to Gary McCracken—professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and one of the world’s leading experts on bats—for a question about bats’ built-in superpowers.
Registration for the 67th annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage opens at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1.
February 12 marks the 208th birthday of Charles Darwin, the biologist who shaped the way scientists study life on earth.