Chronic harvesting of a tropical tree that many local communities in Western Africa depend on can alter the tree’s reproduction and drastically curtail fruit and seed yields over the tree’s lifetime, according to a new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at UT.
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Sergey Gavrilets, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was quoted in a New York Times story about monogamy. The article is about a study which looked at 2,545 species of mammals, tracing their mating evolution from their common ancestor some 170 million years ago. The researchers found monogamy evolves when females become hostile with one
The Knoxville News Sentinel featured students conducting reach for the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at UT in its article about “cool” internships. Students are developing computer models of the coronavirus, which an estimated 40 percent of house cats have. In most cats the virus is harmless, but in a small percentage
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $18.6 million to UT for the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) to continue its interdisciplinary efforts in developing new mathematical approaches to problems across biology, from the level of the genome to individuals to entire ecosystems.
WUOT featured a workshop for undergraduates students at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBios) which are assembling equipment that will record hundreds of hours of bird calls. Their aim is to find rare birds in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. A digital waveform of the recordings will be loaded into a computer program
The brighter the colors, the more popular the butterfly will be with the females. A new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis finds that a female’s mating decisions are largely based on traits that reflect fitness or those that help males perform well under the local ecological conditions.
Three UT students have been selected for the highly competitive Research Experience for Undergraduates program currently underway at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis taking place on campus. Samuel Estes, Brittany Hale, and Jacob Lambert, are among nineteen students from acrross the country participating in the eight-week, research-intensive program.
A new study finds that animals use the same level of sophistication as humans in judging social configurations. The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis study brings a new understanding of the structure of animal social networks. The researchers analyzed the relationships between three individuals by analyzing longstanding behavioral data.
The current Supreme Court may be criticized for its lack of diversity on the bench, but according to a study conducted by UT law professor Ben Barton, the Court is actually more diverse overall today than ever in history. The study, published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, borrows statistical methods from ecology to reveal a more precise picture of diversity.
Today’s global mapping of infectious diseases is considerably unreliable and may do little to inform the control of potential outbreaks, according to a study produced at a NIMBioS workshop held on UT’s campus. Social media could help. Using crowdsourcing techniques to gather data, such as analyzing the content and frequency of Twitter messages about disease, predicted outbreaks sooner than traditional disease surveillance methods.