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Hellbender salamander study seeks answers for global amphibian decline

Published: Dec 19th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study co-authored by University of Florida researchers on the endangered Ozark Hellbender giant salamander is the first to detail its skin microbes, the bacteria and fungi that defend against pathogens.

UF researchers document caterpillars that mimic one another for survival

UF researchers document caterpillars that mimic one another for survival

Published: Dec 14th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the world of insects, high risk of attack has led to the development of camouflage as a means for survival, especially in the larval stage. One caterpillar may look like a stick, while another disguises itself as bird droppings. Though crypsis may have its advantages, University of Florida researchers uncovered some of the most extensive evidence of caterpillars using another strategy previously best-known in adult butterflies: mimicry.

UF researcher: Climate change may happen more quickly than expected

Published: Nov 30th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As global temperatures continue to rise at an accelerated rate due to deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels, natural stores of carbon in the Arctic are cause for serious concern, researchers say.

Statistical models inspired from Facebook could help endangered animals, UF researchers say

Statistical models inspired from Facebook could help endangered animals, UF researchers say

Published: Nov 15th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some endangered animals may live in smaller habitats than scientists realize, leading to inflated estimates of their ability to survive, according to a new University of Florida study.

Governments must plan for migration in response to climate change, researchers say

Published: Oct 27th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Governments around the world must be prepared for mass migrations caused by rising global temperatures or face the possibility of calamitous results, say University of Florida scientists on a research team reporting in the Oct. 28 edition of Science.

Florida and Spain launch joint agreement for small-satellite research

Published: Oct 13th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has helped to forge a deal between the Kingdom of Spain and the state of Florida initiating the groundwork for collaborative research that could boost the state’s aerospace industry.

Discovery by UF-led team refutes previous theory about galaxies

Discovery by UF-led team refutes previous theory about galaxies

Published: Oct 10th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The world’s largest optical telescope has allowed University of Florida astronomers to see new details about deep space galaxies, finding new clues to explain the evolution of galaxies like our own.

UF-led study: Invasive amphibians, reptiles in Florida outnumber world

UF-led study: Invasive amphibians, reptiles in Florida outnumber world

Published: Sep 15th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida has the world’s worst invasive amphibian and reptile problem, and a new 20-year study led by a University of Florida researcher verifies the pet trade as the No. 1 cause of the species’ introductions.

UF study names new ancient crocodile relative from the land of Titanoboa

UF study names new ancient crocodile relative from the land of Titanoboa

Published: Sep 14th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Did an ancient crocodile relative give the world’s largest snake a run for its money?

Sea smarts: Scientists studying mollusks discover there is more than one way to make a brain

Sea smarts: Scientists studying mollusks discover there is more than one way to make a brain

Published: Sep 14th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Seemingly simple animals such as the snail and squid have ransacked the genetic toolkit over the last half billion years to find different ways to build complex brains, nervous systems and shells, according to an international team of researchers, including a neuroscientist with the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience.