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Ants Go Marching Under the Eye of Texas' Top Scientist

Research on ants helps yield answers to the web of life.
Biologist Lawrence Gilbert Named 2012 Distinguished Texas Scientist by Texas Academy of Science

Biologist Lawrence Gilbert Named 2012 Distinguished Texas Scientist by Texas Academy of Science

Gilbert recognized for his lifetime of research on the co-evolution of insects and plants, population dynamics, chemical and behavioral ecology, and evolution of novel wing patterns in butterflies.

Oil Exploration Would Endanger the Most Biodiverse Region in the Western Hemisphere, Say Scientists

Oil Exploration Would Endanger the Most Biodiverse Region in the Western Hemisphere, Say Scientists

An international team of scientists has found that Ecuador's Yasuní National Park, which sits on top of massive reserves of oil, is in the single most biodiverse region in the Western Hemisphere.

U.T. Making a Big Bet on the Future of Algae

U.T. Making a Big Bet on the Future of Algae

The UTEX Culture Collection of Algae. Photo by Spencer Selvidge for the Texas Tribune.

Captive Breeding Could Transform the Saltwater Aquarium Trade and Save Coral Reefs, Marine Biologists Say

Marine biologists at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute are developing means to efficiently breed saltwater aquarium fish, seahorses, plankton and invertebrates in captivity in order to preserve the biologically rich ecosystems of the world's coral reefs.

Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly A Hybrid Species Of Two Other Swallowtails

Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly A Hybrid Species Of Two Other Swallowtails

Flitting among the cool slopes of the Appalachian Mountains is a tiger swallowtail butterfly species that evolved when two other species of swallowtails hybridized long ago, a rarity in the animal world, biologists from The University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University have found.

Lawn of Native Grasses Beats Traditional Lawn for Lushness and Weed Resistance

Lawn of Native Grasses Beats Traditional Lawn for Lushness and Weed Resistance

A lawn of regionally native grasses would take less resources to maintain while providing as lush a carpet as a common turfgrass.

Field Guide for Texas Damselflies Highlights Diversity of Fascinating Insects

Field Guide for Texas Damselflies Highlights Diversity of Fascinating Insects

Field guide by John Abbott is the most comprehensive for identifying the colorful insects as they flit about streams and ponds around Texas and the U.S. AUSTIN, Texas—A new field guide for damselflies by University of Texas at Austin entomologist John Abbott is the most comprehensive guide for identifying the colorful insects that flit about strea...
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National Science Foundation Grant Helps Preserve and Digitize Fossil Collections

National Science Foundation Grant Helps Preserve and Digitize Fossil Collections

Fragile fossils as old as 55 million years will soon be protected, digitized and made accessible to researchers through $350,000 grant.

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.