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Insectum: A Sonic Exploration of the World of Arthropods

insectum    The sounds and rhythms of the natural world are often a great inspiration for the world’s composers, and no less so for UT researchers and local musicians. Over the last few years, Alex Wild (Curator, Entomology Collection) and Jo Holley (Associate Professor of Practice) have been participating in a fabulous sonic experiment with a...
The UT Spring 2024 Bee Competition

The UT Spring 2024 Bee Competition

Bring us the first Travis County mason bee of 2024, you’ll win a copy of the poster “Backyard Bees of North America”! Rationale: One measure of our changing climate is the shifting dates of emergence of our earliest spring flowers and insects. As Texas warms, some of our local bees may start coming out earlier in the year, and the Biodiversity Cent...
Bull Shark in the Ichthyology Collection

Bull Shark in the Ichthyology Collection

By Adam Cohen (Collections Manager, Ichthyology Collection) and Nicole Elmer The fish collection recently received a juvenile Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) found dead on the beach at Indian Point (Corpus Christi Bay), near Corpus Christi, Texas, by one of our frequent specimen donors (posted on iNaturalist). It likely was caught by an angler and...
Applications open for 2023-2024 Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellowships

Applications open for 2023-2024 Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellowships

The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2024 Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellowships competition! ABOUT THE AWARD The Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellowships fund doctoral candidates pursuing dissertation research on the diversity of life and organisms in their natural environments, acr...
History of UT Botany, Part 3: Curator Mary Sophie Young

History of UT Botany, Part 3: Curator Mary Sophie Young

This piece was originally published in January 2017 in the Dept. of Integrative Biology History Project. The third blog in our UT botany history series focuses on Marie Sophie Young. In 1912, Young became the first official curator of the relatively new herbarium at UT, when the university was only 29 years old. She was an early Texas STEM educator...