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From the College of Natural Sciences

Lee is the Director of Communications for the college. He holds a B.S. in Biology from UT and an M.S. in Entomology from UW-Madison. He lives in East Austin with his partner, their dog, and a garden full of plants and bugs.

In Poison Frogs, the More Toxic, the More Physically Fit

The most toxic, brightly colored members of the poison frog family may also be the best athletes, says a new study.

A Surprise Endowment Honors Dean Rankin

Dean Rankin speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Gates Computer Science Complex. In April 2010, the College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council gathered once again to honor one of their friends at the college’s annual Hall of Honor event. Only this year, they came bearing a big surprise for Dean Mary Ann Rankin. Unbekno...MaryAnnRankin

Grahams Boost Dark Energy Studies

Gift from Bob and Annie Graham will help astronomers solve the mystery of dark energy.

At Depth, the Hidden Cost of Oil?

Marine scientist Tracy Villareal on the search for deep water oil plumes in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the Race of Life, Better an Adaptable Tortoise than a Fit Hare

When it comes to survival of the fittest, it’s sometimes better to be an adaptable tortoise than a fitness-oriented hare, researchers say.

Think Globally, But Act Locally When Studying Plants, Animals, Global Warming, Researchers Advise

Global warming is clearly affecting plants and animals, but we should not try to tease apart the specific contribution of greenhouse gas driven climate change to extinctions or declines of species.

Huk is Winner of the 2011 Vision Sciences Society Young Investigator Award

Neurobiologist chosen for broad range of techniques he has brought to bear on fundamental questions of visual processing and decision making.

Texas Leafcutter Ants Aided, But Also Limited, By Cold Tolerant Fungus Crops, Research Shows

Texas leafcutter ants farm crops of fungus that evolved cold tolerance to Texas winters, just as northern farmers cultivate cold weather crops.

MSI: Sentinels for Climate Change

A video about the climate change related research and education at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas.

Fluorescent Color of Coral Larvae Predicts Whether They’ll Settle Or Swim

Young staghorn coral that fluoresce redder are less likely to settle and develop into coral polyps than their greener peers, a finding that could help scientists monitor coral adaptation to global warming.