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Towards a periodic table of niches or exploring the lizard niche hypervolume

Towards a periodic table of niches or exploring the lizard niche hypervolume

Authors: Eric R. Pianka, Laurie J. Vitt, Nicolás Pelegrin, Daniel B. Fitzgerald, and Kirk O. Winemiller Ecologists begin to construct a Periodic Table of Niches    Redsands study area in the Great Victoria Desert of Western Australia – 55 species of lizards, including the thorny devil Moloch horridus, occur in sympatry here.(Cre...
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...
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...
Focus on Biology - Science Imaging Contest 2017

Focus on Biology - Science Imaging Contest 2017

The Department of Integrative Biology is pleased to announce the second annual Focus on Biology science imaging contest! Focus on Biology celebrates visual explorations of our research in the form of photographs, micrographs, figures, and illustrations. Contest winners and honorable mentions will be printed and displayed during a Department of...