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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. 

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.

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.

Brackenridge Field Lab Resident Manager Retires After 45 Years

Brackenridge Field Lab Resident Manager Retires After 45 Years

John Crutchfield helped establish BFL as one of the premier urban field research stations in the country.

Tracing Bevo: Graduate Student Studies Ancestry of Texas Longhorns

Tracing Bevo: Graduate Student Studies Ancestry of Texas Longhorns

Evolution, ecology and behavior grad student Emily McTavish faces off with a Texas Longhorn.

Manager of Brackenridge Lab Retires After 50 Years

A lifetime of service draws to a close.

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.  

Daily Texan: UT Colleges Add Seating, Prepare for Large Freshman Class

The incoming freshman class is the largest the college has ever seen.
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Biologist Receives $1.5 Million to Study Potential Biofuel Crops

Biologist Receives $1.5 Million to Study Potential Biofuel Crops

Tom Juenger has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study native prairie grasses as potential sources of biofuel.