News: Biodiversity and Sustainability
Read the latest news from the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin
Central Texas Salamanders, Including Newly Identified Species, At Risk of Extinction
More severe droughts caused by climate change and increasing water use in Central Texas have left groundwater salamanders “highly vulnerable to extinction.”
Evolution Used Same Genetic Formula to Turn Animals Monogamous
In five cases where vertebrates evolved monogamy, the same changes in gene expression occurred each time.
Females Prefer City Frogs’ Tunes
Urban sophistication has real sex appeal — at least if you’re a Central American amphibian. Male frogs in cities are more attractive to females than...
Visualizing Science 2018: Beauty and Inspiration in College Research
Winners of the 2018 Visualizing Science contest include images of nanomaterials, the connection between chaos and electronics and a glimpse into the aural lives of...
Common Weed Killer Linked to Bee Deaths
The world’s most widely used weed killer, Roundup, causes honey bees to lose some of their beneficial bacteria and are more susceptible to infection and...
Study of Secret Sex Lives of Trees Finds Tiny Bees Play Big Part
When it comes to sex between plants, tiny bees the size of ladybugs play a critical role in promoting the genetic diversity that protects against...
Scientists on the Trail of Central Texas’ Elusive Satan Fish
The fish are part of a project to monitor the overall ecological health of Central Texas aquifers and better understand how water flows through them.