News Category: college-of-natural-sciences

Spring Insects to Spot on Neighborhood Walks

April 16, 2020

Take time to look for local insects while taking walks.

Backyard Biodiversity: Green Anoles

April 15, 2020

From the Biodiversity Center: a piece on a common resident of many yards, the green anole.

Austin’s Other Orange Butterfly

April 10, 2020

About 150 kinds are known to occur in Austin, a mix of temperate and tropical, desert and deciduous forest species that includes the gulf fritillary Agraulis vanillae.

Long-Living Tropical Trees Play Outsized Role in Carbon Storage

April 9, 2020

A group of trees that grow fast, live long lives and reproduce slowly account for the bulk of the biomass—and carbon storage—in some tropical rainforests, a team of scientists says in a paper published this week in the journal Science

Northern Mockingbirds

April 1, 2020

The Northern Mockingbird is probably one of the easiest birds to identify, if not by their bold maneuvers to protect their territory, then certainly by their characteristic song. Learn more in this blog from The Biodiversity Center.

In the News: Hack Tackles Climate Change in Austin Communities

March 2, 2020

At Hack for Resilient Communities, students collaborated with Austin professors and environmental experts to design tools that could help Austin communities disproportionately affected by pollution and climate change to withstand their effects. 

The Hunt for Invasive Gobies in the Colorado River Basin

Jan. 29, 2020

The Naked Goby (Gobiosoma bosc) is a small estuarine and marine fish that is native to the Texas coast but is spreading upstream into the Colorado River Basin. 

Discovery Takes Flight in Campus Butterfly and Bee Habitats

Oct. 9, 2019

Texas Connect profiles research by Dr. Lawrence Gilbert and Eli Powell on butterflies and bees.

Sampling a Future in Texas Science

Aug. 12, 2019

In the summer, high school students spend time on campus and in Waller Creek conducting research on water quality, habitat analysis and biodiversity.

In the News: Improving Solar Cells

July 10, 2019

 Researchers in the Department of Chemistry at UT Austin are working on a new coating which could boost the efficiency of silicon-based solar cells by as much as 20%.