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Not acting like themselves: Antidepressants in environment alter crayfish behavior, study finds

Crayfish

Low levels of antidepressants are found in many water bodies, so animals like crayfish are often exposed to trace amounts of these drugs The researchers found that crayfish exposed to low levels of antidepressant medication… Read More

UF/IFAS study connects how health status of American Crocodiles is influenced by salinity levels in Florida Everglades

image - american crocodile hatchling

In Florida, the threatened American Crocodile plays an important role in the waterways and environment that we live in and enjoy. Among their attributes, their health, breeding and survival status tell us a lot about… Read More

Study: Hook designed to help fish survive catch and release shows promise

fish with hook in its mouth

Catch and release practices can help conserve fish populations but they do not guarantee the fish will survive, as handling and air exposure can have negative health impacts and cause mortality Scientists have developed a… Read More

Want to help insects? Create flower ‘billboards’ in your landscape, new research says

Blanketflower with bee. Photo credit: Geena Hill

Insect populations are declining. New research from University of Florida gives homeowners new guidance on how to maximize their landscape’s benefit to insects. Grouping flowering plant species together in a mass of color creates a… Read More

Them’s fighting birds: Study identifies other species’ influence on territorial aggression

Featured image above shows a tufted titmouse. Photo courtesy of Autumn Rose, Florida Museum of Natural History.   Bird aggression often occurs between birds of the same species. However, a new study found that birds… Read More

UF scientists help wildlife parks mobilize against poaching

Nyungwe National Park

Illegal poaching is a threat to wildlife conservation around the world. Park rangers can combat poaching, but they can be used more strategically. UF researchers have developed tools to help park managers use ranger patrols… Read More

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? [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]A new podcast from… 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 Preserve, path through wooded area

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