NIMBioS News

Study Finds Climate Change Threatens Northern American Turtle Habitat

Although a turtle’s home may be on its back, some North American turtles face an uncertain future as a warming climate threatens to reduce their suitable habitat. A new study conducted at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT reconstructs the effects of past climate changes on fifty-nine species of North American turtles.

Research at UT May Improve Treatment of Acetaminophen Overdose Victims

Acetaminophen, or Tylenol, is commonly used in the United States to eliminate aches and pains and reduce fever with few side effects. However, the drug is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States, and if liver damage is severe enough, the only lifesaving treatment is a liver transplant. A novel method developed at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT helps determine which patients will benefit from transplantation.

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.

Tennessee High School Students’ Work at UT Published in Top Science Journal

Hayes Griffin (left) and Dalton Chaffee (right) present their award-winning research at the international meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology. Photo credit: NIMBioS

Tennessee high school students Dalton Chaffee and Hayes Griffin have now done what many scientists strive for: publishing their research in a top science journal. Chaffee and Griffin worked with mentor R. Tucker Gilman, a former postdoctoral research fellow at UT’s National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) to study mate choice. Their work was published this week in the journal Evolution.

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.