We have had for a number of years a Peregrine Falcon resident on the UT Tower, affectionately dubbed "Tower-Girl" by locals. The Center for Biodiversity at UT has installed a nest box and, just going live today, a webcam, so she can be observed on the nest. Several male Peregrines have been in the area, however we do not know whether she will form a pair bond or produce Read more about UT's new falcon cam is live
In the era of large-scale earth systems modeling, we need better feedback on whether these models adequately capture biophysical dynamics. We argue that attempting to forecast in the near-term, meaning months to years rather than decades to centuries, will rapidly advance our prediction skill, just as it has for weather forecasters. Read more about New paper on iterative near-term forecasting
Keitt Lab alum, Tania Pena, just published a lovely paper applying network theory to marina metapopulations. She finds that under fishing pressure strong enough to collapse the metapopulation, the network goes through a series of changes in modularity, a measure of clustering.
A group in Austin is pursuing legal action to delist the Golden-Cheeked Warbler under the Endangered Species Act. (I was asked to comment.) They are using a study of the warbler by a group at Texas A&M that claims the bird is much more common than previously thought. Delisting can be a good thing -- it is the goal of a species management plan. Many