Fungi have come to the cultural forefront with the new popular series, “The Last of Us” on HBO. The series, based upon the video game of the same name, is set in an alternate 2023, during which a mass fungal infection has caused societal breakdown. In this piece produced by CBS-affiliate WVLT, EEB graduate student Django Grootmyers discusses whether this fiction could ever become fact.
Associate Professor Paul Armsworth is featured in TN Today with a new paper in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment called, “Are conservation organizations configured for effective adaptation to global change?”
Veronica Brown (research coordinator, McCracken Lab) is featured on the Bat Conservation International page focusing on Women in Bat Conservation.
EEB Researcher Veronica Brown, from the McCracken Lab, appeared on the WATE Evening News shortly before 5pm on Wednesday September 10, to provide expert information about bats. A bat interrupted the WATE Good Morning Tennessee broadcast around 6am that morning; the incident made national news (e.g. New York Daily News)!
Thank you, Veronica, for helping set the record straight about bats!
UTK EEB PhD student Sara Kuebbing was recently featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel for her work as part of the Tennessee Exotic Plant Pest Council. She uses an iPad app to identify and track species that are invading the US from elsewhere, typically after introduction by humans. Such species can dramatically affect functioning of ecosystems: examples in the United States include kudzu, zebra mussels, and pythons.