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Herbarium Awards and Fellowships Available

November 2, 2016

The EEB Collections Committee is pleased to announce calls for applications for the following three awards from the Hesler Fund to support and enhance herbarium-based research at UT. We hope that you and your colleagues will consider applying for these awards to support your research.

Student Research Awards – Available to undergraduate and graduate students working with ...

Simberloff Receives John Pritzlaff Award

November 2, 2016

Daniel Simberloff, the Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Science, received the Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award at the 2016 California Islands Symposium.  The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden presents the award annually to a “global trailblazer in conservation.”  For details about Simberloff’s dedication to conservation, read the full press release at Island Conservation.  Congratulations, Dan!

EEB’s Amazing Grad Students: Publications

November 1, 2016

EEB graduate students know how to communicate their science!  In Academic Year 2015-16, our 56 grad students published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, several book chapters, and one book!  Below is a list of just some of the journals in which our students publish:
American Biology Teacher
American Naturalist
Animal Behavior
Applied Ecology
Biological Conservation
Biological Invasions
Conservation Letters
Current Zoology
Diversity and Distributions
Evolutionary ...

Keeping Up with Bats

November 1, 2016

A new paper by Gary McCracken and colleagues will be published online in the Royal Society journal Open Science  on November 9, 2016:

RSOS-160398. Airplane tracking documents the fastest flight speeds recorded for bats. McCracken, G.F., K. Safi, T.H. Kunz, D.K.N. Dechmann, S.M. Swartz, M. Wikelski
This study reports new research demonstrating that Brazilian free-tailed bats achieve ...

EEB’s Amazing Grad Students: Funding

October 17, 2016

Did you know that 25% of our graduate students are self-funded?  In Academic Year 2015-16, 14 of our 56 grad students brought in a combined total of over $300k in funding from the following sources:

4 current NSF GRFP (plus 1 honorable mention AY2015)
2 PEER Fellows
2 NIMBIOs Fellows
1 Yates fellowship
1 Brazilian CNPq fellowship
1 EAPSI ...

Milt (PhD 2015) Research Featured in New Book

October 17, 2016

Austin Milt’s PhD (2015, Armsworth Lab) work is featured in a nice, one-page color spread in a new book by Craig Groves and Eddie Game: Conservation Planning: Informed Decisions for a Healthier Planet.
The book “will be very well-read within its field – likely the industry leading text for the next 5-6 years if recent history is ...

Roche, Botanist in Action

October 9, 2016

Graduate student Morgan Roche (Kalisz Lab) is one of Phipps Conservatory’s six current Botany in Action fellows.   The fellows recently visited Phipps, in Pittsburgh, PA, for the Botany in Action program’s annual Science Engagement Week, which featured a series of diverse workshops to enhance the fellows’ scientific communication skills. The fellows explored different ways to ...

NSF S-STEM Grant for Schussler

September 26, 2016

Beth Schussler is co-PI on a $2,887,974 collaborative NSF S-STEM grant, which will provide scholarships and research opportunities for four cohorts of STEM-focused students from rural Appalachia to attend UT, Knoxville, or UT, Chattanooga. Beth will be working with PI Erin Hardin (Psychology), and co-PIs Melinda Gibbons, Marisa Moazen, and Denise Gardner, to provide students ...

Nelson in Knoxville Mercury

September 26, 2016

FWF alum Stephen Nelson appeared in an article in the Knoxville Mercury on September 21, 2016.
Nelson did research in the Fitzpatrick Lab as an undergraduate; he is now a herpetology keeper at Knoxville Zoo.  The article focuses on what might be a new species of mudpuppy in the Hiwassee River.

Budke Speaks at UT Science Forum

September 19, 2016

Asst. Prof. Jessica Budke will be sharing her vision for the UT Herbarium with the wider Knoxville community at the UT Science Forum:
Biodiversity Collections: A Record of the Past; A Resource for the Future
The talk will be 12-1pm on Friday, September 30, 2016, in the Thompson-Boling Arena Café.

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