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Researchers Receive $15 Million for Biofuel Crop Study

Researchers Receive $15 Million for Biofuel Crop Study

A researcher at The University of Texas at Austin will receive two grants totaling $15 million to study a native prairie grass, including how it can become a sustainable source of bioenergy amid global climate change.

Fish Spawning and Illusions of Plenty

Fish Spawning and Illusions of Plenty

Overfishing causes serious damage in marine ecosystems, but few people understand the natural phenomenon that precedes humans removing too many fish from the oceans. Brad Erisman, an assistant professor in the Marine Science Department, is helping to put a spotlight on the science.

Scientists Predict which Crops Will Thrive Under Stress

Scientists Predict which Crops Will Thrive Under Stress

With climate change and population growth putting stable food supplies at risk, finding crops that can thrive in increasingly harsh environments is critical. It's also a challenge, given the difficulty of identifying plants well suited to stressful conditions.

Settlement by Oil Company BP to Support Gulf Coast Research

Settlement by Oil Company BP to Support Gulf Coast Research

Oil company BP announced it would settle a number of federal and state lawsuits with plans to pay over $1 billion annually for the next 18 years toward research, clean-up and restoration along the Gulf Coast. The University of Texas at Austin's Marine Science Institute is leading one of the research consortiums on deck to receive support.

Trash on Our Beaches Started With Us, and It Must End with Us

Trash on Our Beaches Started With Us, and It Must End with Us

iStock photo of garbage can on beachWorld Ocean Day was celebrated this week and people across the planet talked about how to keep water bottles, micro-trash and other plastics out of our oceans.

UT Austin Scientist Wins Eminent Ecologist Award

UT Austin Scientist Wins Eminent Ecologist Award

The world's largest society of professional ecologists will recognize Eric Pianka with its top award for achievement in the field. 

Abundance Flourishes in Hanna Shoal

Abundance Flourishes in Hanna Shoal

Earlier this year, when President Barack Obama said a 1.3 million-acre marine area in Alaska would be off limits for future oil and gas drilling, it sparked the interest of a researcher who has worked in that region for nearly four decades.

Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems Intimately Tied to Climate

Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems Intimately Tied to Climate

Scientists have discovered that in the mid-1990s there was a large reorganization of the flora and fauna in the Gulf of Mexico linked to a shift in oceanic surface temperatures.

Supercomputing the Evolution of a Model Flower

Supercomputing the Evolution of a Model Flower

Following is an except from an article that originally appeared on the website of the Texas Advanced Computing Center on January 28, 2015:

Always and Forever: A Microscopic Love Story

Always and Forever: A Microscopic Love Story

In the world of living things, surely one of the oddest relationships is the one between certain insects and the bacteria they can't seem to live without. Such bacteria, called obligate symbionts live inside the host's cells. They're distinct organisms -- they have their own DNA separate from that of the host. And yet, if you try to remove the bacteria, the host dies. And vice versa.