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Study shows ‘dinosaurs of the turtle world’ at risk in Southeast rivers

Published: Apr 10th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Conservation of coastal rivers of the northern Gulf of Mexico is vital to the survival of the alligator snapping turtle, including two recently discovered species, University of Florida scientists say.

New study finds Burmese pythons have homing sense, find way back even if moved

Published: Mar 18th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If you pick them up and drop them in a new location, most snakes will move rapidly but erratically, often traversing the same terrain before giving up […]

Sea snakes need fresh water for drinking, UF researcher finds

Published: Mar 18th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although they spend their lives surrounded by water, sea snakes dehydrate for months at a time, waiting to quench their thirst with fresh water from rainfall, a University of Florida biologist has found.

Water management district, UF/IFAS, UF Water Institute team up to examine springs

Published: Mar 18th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is joining forces with two entities as part of a $3 million, three-year contract to provide scientific data to help protect and restore the state’s springs system. UF/IFAS’ partners in the effort are the St. Johns River Water Management District, which is funding the project, and UF’s Water Institute.

UF/IFAS study: Computer model can help coastal managers with nourishment decisions

Published: Feb 24th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A computer model developed, in part, by University of Florida researchers can help coastal managers better understand the long-term effects of major storms, sea-level rise and beach restoration activities and possibly save millions of dollars.

Air pollution increases risk for hypertension in pregnant women

Published: Feb 12th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Breathing the air outside their homes may be just as toxic to pregnant women — if not more so — as breathing in cigarette smoke, increasing a mom-to-be’s risk of developing deadly complications such as preeclampsia, according to findings from a new University of Florida study.

UF/IFAS PIE Center survey: Floridians value water, but not ‘all in’ on conservation

Published: Feb 10th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Floridians value water, almost as much as they value money and their health — just don’t ask them to time themselves in the shower.

UF/IFAS study shows captive breeding no help to endangered woodrat

Published: Jan 23rd, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Captive breeding of the endangered Key Largo woodrat may not be the best solution to preserve the ecologically important rodent, an animal driven to near extinction by development, a new University of Florida study shows.

Study: Seashell loss due to tourism increase may have global impact

Study: Seashell loss due to tourism increase may have global impact

Published: Jan 9th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Global tourism has increased fourfold over the last 30 years, resulting in human-induced seashell loss that may harm natural habitats worldwide, according to a University of Florida scientist.

Study: Some plants may not adapt quickly to future climate change

Published: Dec 22nd, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Using the largest dated evolutionary tree of flowering plants ever assembled, a new study suggests how plants developed traits to withstand low temperatures, with implications that human-induced climate change may pose a bigger threat than initially thought to plants and global agriculture.