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Who’s hunting the black widow spider? Their brown widow relatives, research shows
Brown widow spiders are seeking out and killing their black widow relatives, a surprising twist in the natural relationship between species of spiders known for their venomous bites, according to a new study.
March 13, 2023Research and Innovation
Three generations of USF academics train to row across the Atlantic in support of marine conservation
Integrative biology Professor Chantale Bégin is preparing for what is called “the world’s toughest row.” The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is an annual race to row 3,000 miles from Spain’s Canary Islands to English Harbour in Antigua and Barbuda. Bégin’s team, Salty Science, includes two of her former USF students and her doctoral advisor.
October 19, 2022University News
USF biologist discovers ‘skydiving’ salamander
The wandering salamander is the first known to have evolved aerial behaviors.
May 26, 2022Research and Innovation
USF coral researcher joins with international colleagues in identifying better ways to save the world’s reefs
In the race to save the world’s fragile corals from climate change and disease, USF Department of Integrative Biology Assistant Professor John Parkinson is among an international group of scientists looking for better ways to restore damaged reefs. In new research published Tuesday in the journal Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, the team makes its case for nature-based approaches that give coral colonies a boost in their fight to survive warming seas.
October 12, 2021Research and Innovation
New research shows long-term recovery possible for areas impacted by seagrass die-off
Nearly 10,000 acres of lush seagrass vanished from Florida Bay between 1987 and 1991, leading to massive ecological changes in the region near the Florida Keys. Abundance of the seagrass, Thalassia testudinum, more commonly known as turtlegrass, a foundation species of the Florida Bay ecosystem, decreased extensively during what is considered to be one of the largest declines in seagrass cover in recent history.
April 29, 2021Research and Innovation
USF researcher’s exploration of toxic Tiger Rattlesnake venom advances application of genetic science techniques
In deciphering a simple, but particularly deadly venom, the research opens avenues for exploration of how genes produce traits.
January 19, 2021Research and Innovation
Study reveals jellyfish create a ‘virtual wall’ to enhance performance
New research led by the University of South Florida has uncovered one of the reasons jellyfish have come to be known as the “world’s most efficient swimmer.”
January 7, 2021Research and Innovation