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Biodiversity Blog

 
Nicole handles the communications for the Biodiversity Center.

The History of UT's Herbaria

SpecimenThis article first appeared in the History Project for the Department of Integrative Biology on March 13, 2017    Lundell Herbarium 1964 specimen of Hibiscus lasiocarpus Cav. Few landmarks on the UT campus are as iconic as the Tower, visible to thousands daily as part of the Austin skyscape. Yet, not many people realize that eight...

How Birds like Tower Girl Keep Cool in the Hot Summers

falcon gutteral fluttering   Tower Girl cools down using "gular fluttering."   As Central Texas moves deeper into the summer months, we Austinites like to find relief from the oppressive heat by wearing shorts and t-shirts, consuming cool drinks, and ducking inside air-conditioned spaces. If you have been watching our resident Peregrine falcon, Tower Gir...

Focus on Biology - 2018 Integrative Biology Image Contest

Frog leggedBeetle webThe Department of Integrative Biology held its third annual science image contest, open to all members of the department. The categories included: Science Subjects - images (photographs or illustrations) of natural history, field sites, behavior, miscroscopy People of Science - images of researchers at work Science Figures - figures, model outputs...
Explorer and Botanist: Mary Sophie Young

Explorer and Botanist: Mary Sophie Young

This article first appeared on January 2, 2017 in the Department of Integrative Biology History Project. In 1912, Mary Sophie Young became the first official curator of the relatively new herbarium at UT, when the university was only 29 years old. In the short amount of time Young worked at UT before succumbing to cancer in 1919, she increased the ...

Texas Biodiversity Day

TexasBiodiversityDay Apr2018 5  If you happened to be strolling down the East Mall on the warm afternoon of April 23rd, you might have noticed some tables holding cases of pinned insects, or perhaps some skulls and specimen jars. The event you passed was for Texas Biodiversity Day, and the Biodiversity Center participated to promote outreach and awareness, and to assist...
Exalton Delco: UT's First African American Ph.D. in Zoology

Exalton Delco: UT's First African American Ph.D. in Zoology

This article first appeared February 2, 2017 in the Integrative Biology History Project. This is a reposting.  Photo: Delco at home during an interview with the author Exalton Alfonso Delco Jr. began his Ph.D. work in the Department of Zoology at UT in 1957. Although UT was deemed “desegregated,” the campus and surrounding businesses ...
Featured Species - Pecos Pupfish (Cyprinodon pecosensis)

Featured Species - Pecos Pupfish (Cyprinodon pecosensis)

This species was once one of the most abundant fishes in the Pecos River, but is now restricted to Salt Creek in Texas and just a few locations in New Mexico due to hybridization with Sheepshead Minnow (C. variegatus) and groundwater pumping. As a result, it is classified as Threatened in Texas. It has a wide tolerance for physiochemical factors su...
Featured Species - Toothless Blindcat (Trogloglanis pattersoni)

Featured Species - Toothless Blindcat (Trogloglanis pattersoni)

  The Toothless Blindcat, Trogloglanis pattersoni, is one of two highly cave-adapted eyeless and depigmented catfishes known only from the deepest parts of the Edwards Aquifer under San Antonio, TX. Specimens from its humanly inaccessible habitat have come only from a few very deep city water wells near the area of the aquifer where salin...