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Is the Planet Headed for an Extinction Crisis?

Published: June 19 2015

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the movie "Avatar," so many magnificent animals have gone extinct that scientists can only study them virtually. This environmentally ravaged Earth is set in the near future, in the year 2154, but according to University of Florida biologist Todd Palmer and his colleagues, the Earth in 2015 is already undergoing an accelerated mass extinction.

A weeklong beetle reunion on campus!

Published: May 14 2015

Plus spider, insect and arthropod get-togethers. It’s all a part of UF Bug Week, May 18-23.

Fishermen, communities need more than healthy fish stocks

Published: May 6 2015

Alaska salmon are winners; Alaska salmon fishermen – not so much.

Study reveals evolutionary history of hawkmoths’ sonar jamming defense

Published: May 4 2015

One of the insect world’s most sophisticated defense mechanisms is more widespread than originally thought, existing for millennia.

More than majestic, fjords are carbon-sequestration superstars

Published: May 4 2015

In the effort to remove excess carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, mankind has an unlikely ally: fjords.

Deepwater Horizon catastrophe continues to plague Gulf Coast communities

Published: April 15 2015

Five years after the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, communities along the Gulf of Mexico continue to struggle with the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to University of Florida researchers engaged in a series of projects funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

A celebration for the entire planet

Published: April 1 2015

The UF Office of Sustainability kicks off its inaugural Earth Month with the annual Campus Earth Day celebration on Wednesday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Plaza of the Americas.

UF/IFAS entomology Professor Nan-Yao Su

Two most destructive termite species forming superswarms in South Florida, UF study finds

Published: March 25 2015

Two of the most destructive termite species in the world -- responsible for much of the $40 billion in economic loss caused by termites annually -- are now swarming simultaneously in South Florida, creating hybrid colonies that grow quickly and have the potential to migrate to other states.

Conference to address how to feed a growing population and other challenges

Published: March 19 2015

The graduate students of UF’s Tropical Conservation and Development Program will be hosting the Center for Latin American Studies' 64th annual conference and the prestigious Bacardi Lecture Series entitled “Envisioning a Sustainable Tropics” at Emerson Alumni Hall.

An expert who sees both the forest and the trees

Published: March 18 2015

P.K. Ramachandran Nair, distinguished professor in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, UF/IFAS, will discuss his book, “Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use,” on Thursday, April 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the Marston Science Library, conference room 136. The conversation will address global efforts to employ agroforestry to create a sustainable future. An expert who sees both the forests and the trees

Dr. Heather Walden looks on while John Slapcinsky of UF’s Florida Museum of Natural History dissects a snail.

UF researchers: Rare parasite colonizing snails in South Florida

Published: February 25 2015

A rare parasite that can cause sickness in humans and animals is present in more species of snails in Florida than previously thought, potentially putting people and pets who eat snails at risk.

Pepsi UF Sustainability Challenge focusing on compost education

Published: February 25 2015

Now through March 1, students are invited to submit ideas on how to educate Reitz Union patrons about the importance of post-consumer composting as part of the 2015 Pepsi UF Sustainability Challenge. Submissions will be vetted internally for feasibility and cost, and the top projects will then be presented for public voting. The winning idea will be funded and implemented through a grant from PepsiCo.

Tropical turtle discovery in Wyoming provides climate-change clues

Published: February 23 2015

Tropical turtle fossils discovered in Wyoming by University of Florida scientists reveal that when the earth got warmer, prehistoric turtles headed north. But if today’s turtles try the same technique to cope with warming habitats, they might run into trouble.

Clearing a path for climate change

Published: February 17 2015

Columbia University law professor Michael Gerrard, who essentially “wrote the book” on climate law in the U.S., will speak Friday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Champions Club at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

The coast of the northern Adriatic in Rimini, Italy, near one of the study sites that showed that human activities could be altering ecosystems that have been immune to major changes for centuries. Photo: Thinkstock/Getty Images

Humans altering Adriatic ecosystems more than nature, UF study shows

Published: February 13 2015

The ecosystems of the Adriatic Sea have weathered natural climate shifts for 125,000 years, but humans could be rapidly altering this historically stable biodiversity hot spot, a University of Florida study says.

UF/IFAS awarded funding to fight citrus greening

Published: February 9 2015

esearchers at the University of Florida Institute of Agricultural Sciences have been awarded more than $13.4 million for four studies to help fight citrus greening, the devastating disease that threatens Florida’s $10 billion citrus industry.

Study co-author J. Angel Soto-Centeno displays the fossilized skull of a Cuban fruit bat, Brachyphylla nana.

Fossils link Caribbean bat extinction to humans, not climate change

Published: January 22 2015

Sharing caves with millions of bats, the Caribbean’s first humans may have driven some species of the winged mammals to extinction.

Tampa Bay Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman

Environmental reporter to speak at UF Feb. 2

Published: January 15 2015

Tampa Bay Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman will speak Monday, Feb. 2 at noon in Smathers Library Room 101. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch for the discussion.

UF/IFAS study: Wheat yield to decline as temperatures increase

Published: January 13 2015

For every degree Celsius that the temperature increases, the world stands to lose 6 percent of its wheat crop, according to a new global study led by a University of Florida scientist. That’s one fourth of the annual global wheat trade, which reached 147 million tons in 2013.

On a tropical island, fossils reveal the past – and possible future – of polar ice

Published: January 8 2015

The balmy islands of Seychelles couldn’t feel farther from Antarctica, but their fossil corals could reveal much about the fate of polar ice sheets.