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Crocs – Ancient Predators in a Modern World

Published: Jan 14th, 2016

The National Geographic Society has just issued its first press release about the opening of this new traveling museum exhibit on crocodilians, which will open later this month at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kent Vliet served as the principal scientific advisor for the development of this exhibit, produced by Peeling Productions in Pennsylvania. Dr. Vliet serves as a “digital curator”, appearing on touch screen monitors throughout the exhibition, introducing visitors to each section and contributing information about the displays. Displays include a rich mixture of informational graphics, digital video, traditional museum displays, live animals and interactive activities. Following its premier in Washington, Crocs will spend a year at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City before moving on.  Congratulations Kent!  Read more…..


Congratulations to Joe Pfaller

Published: Jan 13th, 2016

At the recent meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Joe Pfaller was awarded best student presentation by The Crustacean Society for his talk entitled “Hitchhiking the high seas: global genomics of rafting crabs.”

Congratulations to Joe!


The Fall 2015 Biology Newsletter!

Published: Dec 14th, 2015

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Immersion Semester- Spring 2016

Published: Dec 1st, 2015

Fill your semester with three, 4 credit, 5-week intensive biology courses (Application deadline for Marine Ecology is Dec. 8th!).

CLICK HERE  to explore this opportunity to engage in authentic research-based courses in molecular biology, biodiversity, and ecology.

Kudos to Pauline Fontaine

Published: Nov 25th, 2015

Pauline is the recipient of a Burroughs-Wellcome Travel Award of $1900 to collaborate with Dr. John Gilleard at the University of Calgary, an expert in nematode parasites. They will work together to characterize the role of a stress response pathway in drug resistance.

Go Pauline and the rest of the Choe’s lab!

Biology Graduate Students Awarded

Published: Nov 25th, 2015

Judit Ungvari-Martin and Tong Zhang were both awarded spring semester CLAS Dissertation Fellowships.  Judit’s was funded by the Robin and Jean Gibson Fellowship Endowment, and Tong’s was funded by the Maurice C. Holmes and Frances A Holmes Endowed Fellowship in the amount of $7,000.  Congratulations!

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U.F. Faculty member, Walter Judd, coauthors Plant Systematics: A Phylogenetic Approach

Published: Nov 20th, 2015

JuddCoverFullA comprehensive introduction to vascular plant phylogeny, the Fourth Edition of Plant Systematics: A Phylogenetic Approach reflects changes in the circumscription and placement of several families in order to represent monophyletic groups, following the classification of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (and recent phylogenetic analyses). Appendices cover botanical nomenclature as well as field and herbarium methodology. The text is copiously illustrated, using in large part the informative analytical drawings developed as part of the Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States project. This textbook is appropriate for any course devoted to the systematics of angiosperms or vascular plants and, secondarily, for local flora courses. Key updates include: full integration of molecular systematics into Chapter 2, Methods and Principles of Biological Systematics, numerous revisions to the information on species concepts, extensively revised treatments of 13 families that have undergone significant changes in circumscriptions, along with the inclusion of ten additional families, and a greatly expanded online Photo Gallery of Vascular Plants, which includes over 9,700 photographs illustrating the  diagnostic characters and morphological diversity of each of the familial clades  covered in the textbook.  Authors include Walter S. Judd (University of Florida), Christopher S. Campbell (University of Maine), Elizabeth A. Kellogg (Danforth Plant Science Center), Peter F. Stevens (University of Missouri and Missouri Botanical Garden), and Michael J. Donoghue (Yale University).


New Phi Beta Kappa inductees

Published: Nov 19th, 2015

InducteesEleven CLAS Biology majors and one Zoology major were elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honor society. These students have exceptional GPAs (3.75 for graduation candidates; 3.90 for “rising seniors”) as well as significant breadth of study in the liberal arts and sciences outside of their major discipline (a minimum of 36 hours). They have also satisfied a foreign language and a mathematics requirement.

Art of Biology

Art of Biology

Published: Nov 9th, 2015

Eleven Biology/Florida Museum graduate students will be participating in an art installation at the Hippodrome Theater titled “Art of Biology”. The formal gallery opening is on Friday, November 13th from 6-8pm and the photos will be available to view until November 21. The installation will contain artistic images of the subjects each student studies, along with scientific descriptions. The goal is to share the beauty and interest of biological research along with the significance to the community. Come see what your colleagues are working on and maybe even bring home some science!  Read full story here..


Mike Gil leads international study on coral reef degradation in high-tourism area of Mexico

Published: Nov 9th, 2015

Mike Gil, recent PhD graduate in Biology, along with American and Mexican collaborators, just published a new study in this month’s issue of the journal Marine Biology. The team’s work centered on measuring the structure of coral reef communities over space and time within Akumal Bay, Mexico, a booming tourism hot spot, largely due to its resident green sea turtle population. The study revealed a 79% decrease in coral cover from 2011-2014, a time period in which monthly snorkelers to the area increased by more than 400%. The study revealed additional signs that tourism in Akumal Bay may be growing at a rate that is not sustainable for the coral reef ecosystem, which supports the bay, its sea turtles, and the local tourism industry itself. Read more here.