Category Archives: ecology

NIMBioS Outreach: Girl Scouts Identify Wildlife Tracks

By examining wildlife tracks imprinted in clay, area Girl Scouts learned how to identify the animal that would have made them in a recent outreach activity led by NIMBioS at Cherokee Caverns in Knoxville.¬† Using materials from Biology in a … Continue reading

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NIMBioS Visits Smoky Mountain Science Teacher Institute

      Fourteen middle and high school science teachers learned how to quantify biodiversity yesterday when Dr. Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS Associate Director for Education, Outreach and Diversity, and Kelly Sturner, NIMBioS Education and Outreach Coordinator¬† arrived at Great Smoky … Continue reading

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REU and REV Students See Synchronous Fireflies

NIMBioS REU/REV participants took a field trip this week to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to see a biological phenomenon found in only one other place in the world: fireflies flashing in synchrony. The students arrived early and picnicked … Continue reading

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New NIMBioS Science: Model shows how species can reemerge after collapse

Species pairs that disappear through hybridization after human-induced changes to the environment can reemerge if the disturbance is removed, according to a new mathematical model that shows the conditions under which reemergence might happen. The study appears in Evolution and … Continue reading

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The Day the Last Hemlock Died

NIMBioS Songwriter-in-Residence Jay Clark debuts his song, “The Day the Last Hemlock Died,” which tells the story of the blight of the Eastern Hemlocks in Southern Appalachia. The song ends with a short refrain, a note of optimism perhaps, from … Continue reading

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Teachers Do the Math: Predator-Prey Modeling in Soils

NIMBioS introduced teachers to simple predator-prey models and their importance to the field of soil ecology at a Soil Biology Workshop hosted by the University of Tennessee’s Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Department. Seven middle and high school biology and … Continue reading

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Moran Talks Global Change Modeling at Fisk

Dr. Emily Moran, NIMBioS postdoctoral fellow (center-right, tan jacket), traveled to Nashville last week to give a seminar on modeling global change at NIMBioS partner Fisk University. Moran presented “Hierarchical Bayesian Modeling and Ecology: two global-change case studies” to Fisk … Continue reading

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NIMBioS Puts the M in Girls Scouts’ STEM Day

In STEM education, ‘M’ is for mathematics! NIMBioS helped host 150 middle school girls and 50 chaperones recently for the day-long “Gadget Girls: Adventures in STEM.” Organized by the Southern Appalachians Girl Scout Council and the Office of Arts and … Continue reading

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‘Think Differently,’ McPeek Urges

Theoretical ecologists should think about the world in a different way, said Dr. Mark A. McPeek, David T. McLaughlin Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College, during Tuesday’s Interdisciplinary Seminar at NIMBioS. “Are our theories built for the right … Continue reading

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Saving the Mighty Bat

An informal gathering of scientists and wildlife experts interested in halting the spread of white-nose syndrome (WNS) gathered for a day-long discussion on Feb. 3. Talk centered around WNS epizootiology, dispersal and treatment of the disease. The meeting was organized … Continue reading

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