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Fall 2016 Seminar Series

August 17, 2016

The first speaker in EEB’s Fall 2016 Seminar Series will be Sara Branco from the Université de Paris-Sud, on Friday, August 26 at 3:30 p.m. in 307 SERF.  The full schedule has been posted on the EEB website.  The site will be updated with titles and abstracts as they are received.
It may take a week ...

Scientific American Blog Highlights UT Research

August 15, 2016

The popular Scientific American Blog has posted an article about bat research done by grad student Jessica Welch (McCracken and Simberloff labs) and NIMBioS postdoc Jeremy Beaulieu.
The article, “Are Bats Facing a Hidden Extinction Crisis? A new way of calculating bat extinction risk reveals previously hidden conservation priorities,” can be viewed here.

Eppley Foundation Grant Awarded for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Research

August 10, 2016

Professor Daniel Simberloff and postdoc Christy Leppanen have been awarded a $16,500 grant from The Eppley Foundation for Research for their proposal:  Effects of Evolutionary Ecology and Ecosystem Variability in Native and Introduced Predator-Prey Systems.
Simberloff and Leppanen study interactions involving introduced predators and their prey, the hemlock woolly adelgid, Adelges tsugae, or HWA.  A sap-feeding ...

Functional Ecology Podcast for Bailey

August 6, 2016

Joe Bailey recorded a podcast with Functional Ecology Senior Editor Alan Knapp about the July issue of Functional Ecology.  This special feature issue, on Ecosystems, Evolution and Plant–Soil Feedbacks, was guest-edited by Joe Bailey and Jen Schweizer. Joe talks about where the idea for the Special Feature came from and why a Special Feature focusing on ...

New Paper for Welch

July 18, 2016

Jessica Welch (Simberloff and McCracken Labs) has a new paper out in Biological Conservation.  The paper is based on the field work she conducted in the Northern Mariana Islands, testing the indirect effect of invasive species on an endangered bat.  Congratulations, Jessica!
Jessica Nicole Welch, James A. Fordyce, Daniel S. Simberloff.  2016.  Indirect impacts of invaders: ...

Functional Ecology Cover Article for Grads

July 18, 2016

Current graduate students Michael Van Nuland, Rachel Wooliver, Ian Ware, Alix Pfennigwerth, Liam Mueller (all in the Schweitzer and/ or Bailey Labs), and recent graduate Quentin Read (PhD 2016) have an article on the cover of a recent Functional Ecology Special Feature on Plant Soil Feedback. This is a study that emerged from a class at ...

Editor’s Choice for Read

July 11, 2016

Quentin Read’s (PhD 2016) recent paper in Oikos has been highlighted as an “Editor’s Choice” article.
The study challenges how we currently conduct biodiversity studies by demonstrating that a high percentage of studies over estimate the effects of diversity and may actually conclude species level effects when those effects are actually driven by hidden nested variation.
“Accounting ...

Window into the Past

June 18, 2016

Thirty years ago, Lou Gross composed a history of the Graduate Program in Ecology.  He has now compiled a website of the data he collected.
Some say UT’s Graduate Program in Ecology was the first PhD-granting program in ecology in the US. The program admitted its first students in 1969 with the first MS graduate in ...

Soil Science Society of America Scholarship for Wooliver

June 6, 2016

Rachel Wooliver (Schweitzer Lab) won the 2016 SSSA Francis and Evelyn Clark Soil Biology Scholarship from the Soil Science Society of America (one of two awarded every year). The fellowship will support the work titled: Understanding plant responses to nitrogen deposition through coevolved interactions with soil fungi.  Congratulations, Rachel!

Lewis and Clark Grant for Ware

June 2, 2016

Ian Ware (Bailey Lab) has been awarded a $5000 grant from the Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research.  Congratulations, Ian!

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