National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis News

NIMBioS Names Associate Director of Postdoctoral Activities

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis welcomes Paul Armsworth as associate director for postdoctoral activities. Armsworth, an associate professor in ecology and evolutionary biology, has been affiliated with NIMBioS as one its senior personnel since 2009 when he was hired as an NIMBioS-affiliated faculty member at UT.

WVLT-TV: Flipper on Line 1? UT researchers closer to figuring out how dolphins talk

WVLT-TV featured research at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis which has developed a method to help decipher dolphin communications. The method focuses more on changes in pitch than frequency, so scientists could assign hundreds of signature whistles to over twenty individual dolphins. To read the whole story, visit WVLT’s website.  

UT Professor Uses Math to Explain History

A study by Sergey Gavrilets, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and associate director for scientific activities at National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, has found that intense warfare is the evolutionary driver of large complex societies.

LA Times: Scientists use math–and computer war games–to show how society evolved

A study by Sergey Gavrilets, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and associate director for scientific activities at National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, has received ample media attention worldwide. Using math to explain history, the study finds that intense warfare is the evolutionary driver of large complex societies. The study appears as an

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NIMBioS Study Finds Chronic Harvesting Threatens Tropical Tree

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.

NIMBioS Wins $18 Million Renewal Award from National Science Foundation

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: New Technology Helps Track Rare Birds In Smokies

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

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NIMBioS Study Finds Biological Fitness Trumps Other Traits in Mating Game

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.