Professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, Gary McCracken was a guest on “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook, a syndicated National Public Radio show, Wednesday, January 14, 2015. The segment titled “How Bats Can Help and Hurt You” looked at “the world of bats, vulnerability and immunity. Plus, the very latest on Ebola.”
Prehistoric Conflict Hastened Human Brain’s Capacity for Collaboration, Study Says
Warfare not only hastened human technological progress and vast social and political changes, but may have greatly contributed to the evolutionary emergence of humans’ high intelligence and ability to work together toward common goals, according to a new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS).
Sigma Xi, NIMBioS Present Indrikis Krams Lecture
The University of Tennessee chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, in partnership with the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is hosting a special lecture by Dr. Indrikis Krams. His lecture, titled “Reciprocal altruism and empathy in birds,” will focus on recent studies from his laboratory on cooperative behavior in songbird species.
UT Study Finds Saving Lonely Species Is Important for the Environment
The lemur, Javan rhino, and Santa Cruz kangaroo rat are all lonesome animals. As endemic species, they live in habitats restricted to a particular area due to climate change, urban development, or other occurrences.
Endemic species are often endangered, and a UT study finds that saving them is more important to biodiversity than previously thought.
UT Study Finds Fish Just Wanna Have Fun
Fish just want to have fun, according to a UT study that finds even fish “play.”
The research is published in the academic journal Ethology and can be viewed at the journal’s website.
Gordon Burghardt, a professor in the departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is known for defining “play” in a way that allows us to identify it in species not previously thought capable of play, such as wasps, reptiles and invertebrates.
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