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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...
Celebrating the Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center

Celebrating the Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center

The UT Austin Plant Resources Center is now called The Billie L. Turner Plant Resoruces Center. On the ocassion of the new name, several faculty members and prominent Texas botanists, including Dr. Turner himself, gathered to celebrate botanical research and kick off a new chapter in the history of the herbarium.  
The Terrifying Science Behind Floating Fire Ant Colonies

The Terrifying Science Behind Floating Fire Ant Colonies

Hurricane Harvey has revealed its magnitude through devastating floods and damages, and now it has introduced another scourge -- giant clusters of floating fire ants.  UT researchers Alex Wild and Larry Gilbert were featured in the New York Times and Washington Post, among other outlets, sharing the science behi...
UT Insect Collection's "Insects Unlocked" Creates a Media Buzz

UT Insect Collection's "Insects Unlocked" Creates a Media Buzz

The UT Insect Collection's Insects Unlocked project caught the attention of international media this week with a pair of stories in The Guardian and WIRED: Alejandro Santillana's Bees Under the Microscope (The Guardian) The Entomologist Giving Bugs their Close-Up  (WIRED) Insects Unlocked is a crowd-funded initiative to create high...
New Freshman Research Stream on Fish Behavior

New Freshman Research Stream on Fish Behavior

One of the newest streams in the Freshman Research Initiative is in the lab of BFL-affiliated scientist Molly Cummings. Undergraduate researchers will explore Fish Behavior and work to understand (1) whether learning capabilities vary predictably between species with different types of social interactions; and (2) if there is a relationship be...