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Ecuador Exposes Rain Forest and its Inhabitants to Oil Extraction Effort

The national park in Ecuador where neuroscientist Max Snodderly performs his research on monkeys is now being 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...

Adapting to Life in the New Arctic

The arctic is a completely different place, says marine scientist.

Switching to a Power Stroke Enables a Tiny But Important Marine Crustacean to Survive

Switching to a Power Stroke Enables a Tiny But Important Marine Crustacean to Survive

Olympic swimmers aren’t the only ones who change their strokes to escape competitors. To escape from the jaws and claws of predators in cold, viscous water, marine copepods switch from a wave-like swimming stroke to big power strokes, a behavior that has now been revealed thanks to 3-D high-speed digital holography.

Video: The New Arctic

Video: The New Arctic

What will life look like, for humans and animals, as the Arctic ice cover diminishes?

Novel Method Reveals Diet of Endangered Barton Springs Salamander

Novel Method Reveals Diet of Endangered Barton Springs Salamander

The Barton Springs Salamander (Eurycea sosorum) in Eliza Spring. Image courtesy of Hayley Gillespie. AUSTIN, Texas — Using a novel technique that is less invasive, less lethal, and more informative than traditional methods, an alumna of The University of Texas at Austin has identified what prey the endangered Barton Springs Salamander chooses to ea...
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.

Camp ANWR: Teaching Marine Science at the Top of the World

Camp ANWR: Teaching Marine Science at the Top of the World

Marine scientists Ken Dunton and Jim McClelland teach, and are taught, by the kids of Kaktovik, Alaska, deep inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.