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Neuroscientist Studying Monkeys in Ecuador Finds His Field Site Under Threat

Neuroscientist Studying Monkeys in Ecuador Finds His Field Site Under Threat

Yasuní National Park in Ecuador, which is one of the most biodiverse places on this planet, has been opened up for oil exploration.

Texas Invasive Species Program Established at Brackenridge Field Lab

Texas Invasive Species Program Established at Brackenridge Field Lab

To combat and manage pesky invasive species such as fire ants, tawny crazy ants and Cactoblastis moths, the Texas Invasive Species Program has been established at The University of Texas at Austin with $2.7 million in support from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation. Professor Larry Gilbert collects phorid flies for his research on the invasive red...
Invasive Crazy Ants Are Displacing Fire Ants

Invasive Crazy Ants Are Displacing Fire Ants

Residents of invaded areas say "we want our fire ants back."

Biologist Camille Parmesan Named 2013 Distinguished Texas Scientist by Texas Academy of Science

Biologist Camille Parmesan Named 2013 Distinguished Texas Scientist by Texas Academy of Science

Parmesan receives honor for her work studying the impacts of climate change on wildlife.

Foraging Bees and the Perils of Pavement

Paved areas inhibit bee movement and impact pollination.
Bumblebees Do Best Where There Is Less Pavement and More Floral Diversity

Bumblebees Do Best Where There Is Less Pavement and More Floral Diversity

AUSTIN, Texas — Landscapes with large amounts of paved roads and impervious construction have lower numbers of ground-nesting bumblebees, which are important native pollinators, a study from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, Berkeley shows.

Wildflower Center Awards $638,000 to Protect Endangered Species

The one-year Endangered Species Conservation Grants are to conduct conservation research or set aside habitat to assist the recovery of Texas’ black-capped vireo, golden-cheeked warbler, Navasota ladies’ tresses, Texas prairie dawn and Tobusch fishhook cactus.

Eavesdropping on the Secret Lives of Fish

Eavesdropping on the Secret Lives of Fish

Benjamin Walther analyzes the "earstones" of fish to learn where they've been, and where climate change may take them.

Biologist Uses Supercomputer to Study Fast Evolving Geraniums

Biologist Uses Supercomputer to Study Fast Evolving Geraniums

With a grant from the NSF's Plant Genome Research Program, Bob Jansen is applying next-generation DNA sequencing methods to better understand why the geranium has evolved to be so radically different from other plants.

Chron: Damselflies on the Ceiling of Your Mind

A blogger at The Austin Chronicle recommends John Abbott's book Damselflies of Texas: A Field Guide.