Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology News

Professor Receives Funding to Research Underground Carbon Cycle Contributors

Carbon dioxide is key to life on Earth, but too much of the good thing can overheat the Earth’s surface and hurt the very things it supports. Thus, understanding how carbon cycles through the atmosphere is crucial to predicting its effects. UT professor Aimee Classen has received more than $880,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate often-overlooked carbon cycle players.

UT Science Professor (and Poet!) Inducted into Literary Hall of Fame

Arthur Stewart, adjunct professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will be inducted into the East Tennessee Literary Hall of Fame for poetry on October 10. With the honor, Stewart joins other UT poets who have been inducted—Marilyn Kallet, Arthur Smith, Jeff Daniel Marion, and Linda Parsons Marion.

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.