Button to scroll to the top of the page.

Biodiversity Blog

 
This tag contain 1 private blog which isn't listed here.
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...
Meet Stengl-Wyer Fellow: Jeffrey Coleman

Meet Stengl-Wyer Fellow: Jeffrey Coleman

Jeffrey Coleman is one of our 2023 Stengl-Wyer Fellows. He is a PhD candidate who works with advisor Dr. David Cannatella to investigate poison frogs of the Neotropics, which sequester skin toxins from an arthropod diet. Jeffrey talks here about how his interest in tropical ecosystems started and where his research is headed as ...
Beneath the Waves

Beneath the Waves

This month's Science Under the Stars event is "Beneath the Waves: Exploring coral reefs' vital ecological role and community-led conservation." Thursday, December 14th, 7 pm Brackenridge Field Lab, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703   This talk features Dominique Gallery, a PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Misha Matz. Her presentation wil...
Meet Stengl-Wyer Fellow: Xinyi Yan

Meet Stengl-Wyer Fellow: Xinyi Yan

Tell us where you came from before UT, and what you studied then? I was born and raised in the Yangtze Delta region in China, where the lush nature started my interests in botany. In my undergrad, I studied Biology and Applied Math at UCLA, and did research with Gaurav Kandlikar in Nathan Kraft’s lab group. I integrated my training in math and ecol...
Meet Krushnamegh Kunte

Meet Krushnamegh Kunte

Field work in the Andaman Islands Dr. Krushnamegh Kunte is Principal Investigator and Faculty Coordinator of the Biodiversity Research Collections in Bengaluru, India, where he is also Curator of Lepidoptera, Cicadas, and Odonata. He is also Associate Professor at the National Centre for Biological Sciences. Kunte received his PhD here from UT i...
New graduate student funds in biodiversity research

New graduate student funds in biodiversity research

We are pleased to announce funding, supported by a generous gift from the Winkler Family Foundation to the Biodiversity Center, to support graduate student research in Biodiversity. The fund for UT graduate students will provide support for unanticipated research supplies and laboratory charges to help graduate students complete Dissertation Resear...
Talk with Krushnamegh Kunte on mimicry in swallowtail butterflies

Talk with Krushnamegh Kunte on mimicry in swallowtail butterflies

  We are pleased to have Dr. Krushnamegh Kunte from the National Centre for Biological Sciences in India to give a talk at UT!   Title: Templates, Evolutionary Pathways and Biodiversity Revolutions: Tales of Mimicry in Swallowtails  Date and time: 10 am, Friday, November 10th, 2023 Location: NHB 1.720   About the talk: The ea...
Meet Stengl-Wyer Fellow: Kristina Black

Meet Stengl-Wyer Fellow: Kristina Black

Diving on a healthy reef at Orpheus Island Research Station in Australia, 2019 (photo: Misha Matz) Kristina Black is one of our 2023 Stengl-Wyer Fellows. She is a PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Misha Matz. Kristina talks here about her broad undergraduate research leading to her passion of researching genetic adaptation for coral restorati...
Science Under the Stars: the natural history of central Texas

Science Under the Stars: the natural history of central Texas

  Join us for our first Science Under the Stars talk of Fall 2023 featuring Callen Inman, a PhD candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology. He’ll delve into the captivating natural history of central Texas and unveil why it’s an exceptional hotspot for biodiversity.  About the talk: Central Texas lacks the dense rainforest, ver...
Mongbay founder Rhett Butler to visit UT

Mongbay founder Rhett Butler to visit UT

  Rhett Butler, founder of environmental journalism website Mongabay, is coming to UT Austin! Rhett will hold three public events on campus. On Tuesday, September 12th at 11:00 am in NHB 1.720, Rhett will give a talk on "Science communication lessons from 20+ years of running Mongabay." Then, on Wednesday night, September 1...
Careers in Conservation with Jeff Weigel

Careers in Conservation with Jeff Weigel

We are pleased to have Jeff Weigel, Director of Strategic Initiatives for The Nature Conservancy in Texas, give a talk for the series: Careers in Conservation. Jeff will talk about his career in conservation, his path to his current position, and the different kinds of jobs one can pursue. There will be plenty of time available for Q&A after. G...
Learning about Central Texas Salamanders through eDNA

Learning about Central Texas Salamanders through eDNA

The word enigmatic may evoke images of mysterious individuals, things that lurk in the shadows, but not usually salamanders. However, if you ask members in the lab of David Hillis to describe the Eurycea salamanders of Central Texas, enigmatic is certainly appropriate.  These creatures are native to aqueous regions of the Edwards-Trinity aquif...
Meet Stengl-Wyer Scholar: Christopher Hemingson

Meet Stengl-Wyer Scholar: Christopher Hemingson

Chris lays a transect tape along the reef crest. This is one of the most common techniques used to quantify the cover of various substrates (e.g. corals, sand, rubble, etc.). Photo credit: Victor Huertas Christopher Hemingson is one of our 2022 Stengl-Wyer Scholars who is working with Dr. Simon J. Brandl at the Marine Science Institute. As part ...
Pets as Invasive Species: Dogs

Pets as Invasive Species: Dogs

 Woof. (Photo: Andrea Stacks) Last in our series on pets as invasive species looks at “Man’s Best Friend.” Are pooches so perfect? First, let’s define what an invasive species is. We’ve got a great blog on it here, but to summarize: the National Invasive Species Information Center defines an invasive species as non-native to the ecosystem i...
Meet Stengl-Wyer Scholar: Chatura Vaidya

Meet Stengl-Wyer Scholar: Chatura Vaidya

Chatura Vaidya is one of our 2022 Stengl-Wyer Scholars who is working with Dr. Shalene Jha and Dr. Amelia Wolf. As part of the Stengl-Wyer Endowment, the Stengl-Wyer Postdoctoral Scholars Program provides up to three years of independent support for talented postdoctoral researchers in the broad area of the diversity of life and/or organisms i...
Restoring the Vanessa Butterfly Garden

Restoring the Vanessa Butterfly Garden

CAMN member digging through rock soil to plant three red yuccas (Hesperaloe parviflora), a favorite for hummingbirds and night-pollinating moths. Not so long ago, there was a butterfly garden at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory, one of the field stations in UT’s growing field station network. This garden was initially created in 2012 with fundi...
Science Under the Stars: How Animals Adapt to Climate Change

Science Under the Stars: How Animals Adapt to Climate Change

We would like to invite you to attend our next Science Under the Stars talk of the season Thursday, April 13th! This will be an in-person event held outdoors at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory. Talk Title:  How animals adapt to climate change, and how kids can help them About the talk: As our plan...
Armadillos to Ziziphus: David Hillis Talks About His New Book

Armadillos to Ziziphus: David Hillis Talks About His New Book

 Courtesy University of Texas Press 2023 With a state as big as Texas is, there is an extremely diverse ecology. From high altitude desert mountains in the west, to our vast coastline, to low-lying swamps in the east. Since most of the residents of the Lone Star State live in urban centers, sometimes it’s difficult to learn about the plants...
"Save the Insects, Save the Planet" with Dr. May Berenbaum

"Save the Insects, Save the Planet" with Dr. May Berenbaum

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.   Please stay tuned for a possible reschedule in the near future. Email nicole.elmer[at]austin.utexas.edu if you have any questions   About the talk:  With more than a million described species, the Class Insecta is the most species-rich group of multicellular organisms on Earth; insects can be found in...
UT Spring Bee Competition 2023. We have a winner!

UT Spring Bee Competition 2023. We have a winner!

 USDA Photo by Jack Dykinga We're pleased to announce we have a winner for the UT Spring Bee Competition! The winner is Caroline Chessher ('22) who collected a male Osmia on Mountain Laurel flowers on campus at 1:27pm, February 13th. She will win a free wall poster: “Back Yard Bees of North America”! The Entomology Collection holds a yearly...