Department of Forestry Wildlife and Fisheries News

Professor Publishes First Book on Emerging Pathogen Ranavirus

A genus of emerging pathogens Ranavirus is thought to be the potential new culprit causing the decline and extinction of amphibians around the world. A new book by a UT professor provides insight on the viruses and guidance on urgent research directions to address them.

Birds May Have Sensed Severe Storms Days in Advance

Numerous media outlets including National Geographic, the BBC, and Newsweek featured a study by researchers within the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries that found that gold-winged warblers detected a deadly storm and flew south—an ability never before documented in birds. The study is published in the academic journal Current Biology.

Trees: Nature’s Water Filter? UT Study Hopes to Prove So

For their ideas in answering a challenge issued by the US Department of Agriculture, a team lead by UT was recently awarded a federal grant of more than $200,000. The project, “Storm Water Goes Green: Investigating the Benefit and Health of Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure Installations,” is a multidisciplinary effort coordinated with North Carolina State University to study the impact of trees on storm water management.

Bioenergy Expert Named Governor’s Chair

Arthur Ragauskas, an authority in bioenergy, has been named the fifteenth UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. He will serve as Governor’s Chair for Biorefining, based in UT’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a complementary appointment in the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries. He begins on June 1.

UT Science Forums: Ostermeier to Discuss Environmental Change and Policies

David Ostermeier, a professor in forestry, wildlife, and fisheries, will talk about environmental challenges associated with the world’s growing population on Friday, September 28, at this week’s Science Forum. The Science Forum is a weekly brown bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research and the general public to learn about science in a way they can understand.

UT Researchers Invent Device to Rapidly Detect Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases can spread very rapidly, so quickly identifying them can be crucial to stopping an epidemic. However, current testing for such diseases can take hours and days. But not for much longer. Associate professors Jayne Wu and Shigetoshi Eda have developed a portable device that can be used onsite to detect infectious diseases in people and animals.

Journey to the Top 25: Fueling Discovery

UT Knoxville has set its sights on becoming a Top 25 public research university in the next 10 years. Tennessee Today is featuring our faculty and staff whose work helps advance our goals. Doctoral student Daniel Reed is studying overall ecological impact of conservation practices and materials.