Biology Department In the News

UNF Prof hatching 400 Louisiana alligators on rooftop

July 2, 2018

Dr. Adam Rosenblatt, Assistant Professor of Biology at UNF, is initiating a study with 400 alligator eggs to determine the role of temperature on their sexual development.  The story was also discussed on Action NewsWJXT Channel 4 and WJCT Public Radio.  

Climate Change and Eucalyptus Trees

March 14, 2018

Heat waves that are expected more often in coming decades could disrupt one of earth’s most reliable defenses against climate change - trees.  Dr. Mike Aspinwall discusses his research involving Australian eucalyptus trees with Steve Patterson from the Florida Times-Union.  

Dr. Mike Aspinwall discusses his research on tree responses to heat waves in Australia.

March 14, 2018

How do plants respond to climate change?  Listen to an interview with Dr. Mike Aspinwall, a UNF botanist, who discusses his recent work in Australia on trees subjected to extreme temperatures.

UNF Researchers Find Use for Invasive Fish

March 17, 2017

First Coast interviews Dr. Eric Johnson as he discusses potential uses of the invasive lionfish.

UNF Study of Tiny Brittle Stars Could Help Treat Injuries in Humans

March 17, 2017

Dr. Vladimir Mashanov, UNF Assistant Professor or Biology, studies regeneration in echinoderms.

Dr. Doria Bowers Testing Mosquito Inhibitor to Combat Zika Virus

May 26, 2016

Dr. Doria Bowers has been studying mosquito borne viruses for over 30 years.  Watch this interview as she discusses a project that she is working on to inhibit the growth of mosquitoes.

Dr. Bowers Fights Spread of Zika Virus in Florida

May 24, 2016

Research in Dr. Doria Bowers' Lab is advancing the fight against the spread of Zika Virus in Florida.  Watch the interview with UNF Biology Professor discuss her project to inhibit mosquito larva.

Shark Activity Off Florida Coastline

May 16, 2016

UNF Shark Biologist, Dr. Jim Gelsleichter discusses issues affecting increases in shark activity off Florida coasts.  Click on the link to watch his interview with CBS Action News Jax.

Shark Attacks Hit All-Time High

February 9, 2016

Dr. Jim Gelsleichter discusses possible causes of the increase in shark attacks near Florida's coastlines.

How do Animals Flirt?

February 6, 2016

Dr. Quincy Gibson discusses one aspect of dolphin behavior in a National Geographic article. In response to the "Weird Animal Question of the Week", dolphins are selected as one of the top five "flirters" in nature.  Male dolphins are very affectionate and work together to impress the females.

Dolphin Bromance Research

January 25, 2016

Dr. Quincy Gibson discusses the use of a "dolphin wing-man" approach in dolphin mating behaviors.  Male dolphins in the St. Johns River generally work in pairs and trios to woo a potential mate.

UNF biologist Dr. Eric Johnson discusses the invasive lionfish on National Geographic

July 23, 2015

Dr. Eric Johnson, UNF fisheries expert, discusses the impact of the beautiful but destructive lionfish on Florida's native fish populations.

UNF scientists want to market sensors that help detect viruses

December 2, 2009

UNF scientists have developed a quartet of high-tech sensors that can detect viruses, bacteria and other biological substances. Their research was featured on WJXT Ch. 4.