University of Florida



It’s not uncommon for Florida Museum paleontologists to get calls about fossils. But a call in 2015 from a Levy County landowner about bones discovered on his property led to a bustling dig with valuable finds. Museum paleontologists say the Montbrook dig is the first evidence in...
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Botany Abuzz

Untangling Florida’s botanical family tree A rose is a rose is a rose. But is an Aster an Aster? Well, it depends. Globally, the plant world is in a tizzy, and that’s a good thing, says Kent Perkins, collections manager for the University of Florida Herbarium in the Florida...
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Collection of Lycaenidae specimens in a display case.

Night Vision

The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity expands knowledge of butterflies and moths When night falls, it’s time to go to work, says Akito Kawahara. “The night is where it’s at,” says Kawahara, an assistant curator for the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity...
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Doug Soltis

Window of Opportunity

Biodiversity research connects the dots between all life on Earth In the human history of the Earth, a mere breath for the 4.5 billion-year-old planet, the next 50 years may be the most important. “This is a critical moment we’re living in,” says Doug Soltis, a distinguished...
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Jonathan Bloch

Evolutionary Hot Button

A huge temperature spike 56 million years ago provides insights into modern climate change About 56 million years ago, something weird happened to the planet that has not happened before or since. The temperature spiked by 5 to 8 degrees Celsius, mammal biology went haywire, and...
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Addressing Addiction

How does drinking alcohol affect the developing brains of adolescents? What is the impact of social, familial and biological factors on brain development during the pre-teen and teen years? Amid this period of great intellectual and emotional growth, how do culture and...
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Overcoming Barriers

It was a serendipitous finding. In a follow-up clinic for brain cancer patients who had undergone a procedure known as laser ablation — in which a minimally invasive probe is used to heat and kill a tumor — Dr. David Tran and colleagues repeatedly noted a “new ring ...
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Period Pieces

Florida’s history is colorful, but perhaps no piece of its past is as colorful as its citrus crate labels. The nostalgic images are an invitation to stroll down memory lane, one lined with orderly rows of citrus trees. The labels began as a simple marketing tool pasted onto...
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Duane Mitchell, Photo Credits: Mindy C. Miller

Battling Brain Cancer

Elias Sayour spent years working toward becoming a pediatric oncologist so he could help kids fight cancer. He always imagined taking care of patients; he didn’t think research was really his thing. But as a fellow in training, Sayour was struck — overwhelmed, really — by two...
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