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Category: Wildlife

New podcast explains how prescribed fire helps plants, animals and people

You might already know that prescribed fires help prevent potentially dangerous wildfires. But did you also know that they help conserve plants and animals in our natural areas? Called Fire University, the podcast is hosted… Read More

Seafood: A holiday tradition

Crab cake lumps on a long narrow dish with green garnish

By Rhett Register On Christmas Eve, many Italian Americans join family and friends for a fish and seafood dinner. The Feast of the Seven Fishes, as some call it, seems to have its origins in… Read More

Inland fisheries may provide a ‘safety net’ during pandemic, new study finds

Fishermen in Malawi

A new study led by University of Florida researchers has found that the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to shifts in the way people use rivers, lakes and other inland water bodies… Read More

27,000 acres gifted to UF for conservation, outdoor classroom and laboratory

DeLuca property

Land near Yeehaw Junction one of the largest tracts ever given to a university More than 27,000 rural acres near Yeehaw Junction in Florida’s southern Osceola County has been gifted to the University of Florida… Read More

USDA-NIFA Awards UF/IFAS Faculty with National Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Nov. 4, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member was awarded an Excellence in Teaching award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food… Read More

New study on mercury contamination has global implications for wildlife conservation

great egret walking through the water

Ecologists have long known that mercury contamination reduced the number of viable offspring animals produce. Now, new research indicates that mercury may also make animals less likely to mate in the first place, suggesting that… Read More

Newly banned beach weed threatens sea turtle nesting sites

With this year’s sea turtle nesting season nearing its conclusion in Florida, many of the protected species’ newest hatchlings have completed their first big journey from their sandy nests to the water. But a crawling… Read More

Caught on tape: UF wildlife researchers repurpose listening device to track poaching

A margay in Belize. Getty Images

Above: A margay, a type of small wild cat found in the rainforests of Belize. Getty Images If a poacher shoots a deer in the forest and no one sees it, did it really happen? That… Read More

UF researchers ask, ‘What if oncologists thought like ecologists?’

Fire ants

Above: Like ants in a colony, cancer cells must communicate with each other to survive. Getty Images What do wildlife and cancer cells have in common? Quite a lot, argues a new article authored by… Read More

Coming Soon: Nature Coast Currents

Starting September 17, the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station will host several live virtual events showcasing the latest scientific research and projects happening on the Nature Coast. These events are free and open to the… Read More