Biology Department In the News

St. Johns River Dolphins

May 11, 2013

Sex, violence, deep friendships, shifting alliances, old grudges, frolicsome teenagers and lonely old-timers - it turns out there's a whole soap opera being played out under our noses in the St. Johns River.  Dr. Quincy Gibson discusses dolophin behavior in the St. Johns River.

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Baby sharks and cannabalism

May 2, 2013

Dr. Jim Gelsleichter discusses cannibalism and sand tigers.

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Harbor Deepening Leads to River Worries

March 12, 2013

Dr. Courtney Hackney, Director of UNF's Coastal Biology Program, discusses the environmental impact of deepening the harbor near JAXPORT.

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Necropsies on Beached Pygmy Sperm Whales

March 12, 2013

UNF Marine Mammologist, Dr. Julie Richmond is interviewed about a whale that was recently found beached on Anastasia Island. Dr. Richmond describes the reasons for performing a necropsy from the specialized necropsy lab facility at UNF.   

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Academic Minute with Dr. Matt Gilg

March 8, 2013

Dr. Matt Gilg discusses his research in reproduction and speciation on Academic Minute.  Listen to the broadcast or read transcripts from the interview.

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UNF Blind Mice Could Save Human Eyesight

March 6, 2013

Listen to UNF Biologist, Dr. Judith Ochrietor and her students discuss research in her lab.  Through their work with blind mice they hope to discover more answers to the role of basigin in mice and human systems.

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Dr. Ochreitor live on Channel 4 News!

March 5, 2013

Dr. Ochrietor live on Channel 4 News!

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UNF works with OCEARCH to find Great White Sharks

March 5, 2013

Dr. Jim Gelsleichter and the UNF Shark Biology program is working with OCEARCH find find and track Great White Sharks off the coast of Florida. 

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What can grasshoppers teach us about food, sex and aging?

June 15, 2012

Dr. John Hatle describes his research with grasshoppers and explains his finding involving diet restriction and reproduction.

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Increasing Shark Sightings

May 29, 2012

Dr. Jim Gelsleichter discusses the affects of storms on the movement of sharks off our coast.

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Extreme Weather

May 29, 2012

This is an excerpt from World News with Diane Sawyer.  Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, UNF Shark Biologist, was interviewed about the affects of tropical storm Beryl on the increased presence of sharks near our beaches.

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UNF Students Study Dolphin Carcass

February 28, 2012

The new lab at UNF allows students to participate in their first dolphin necropsy. 

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GTM NERR Alligator Research on The History Channel

January 23, 2012

Alligator research at GTM NERR was featured in a segment on the History Channel entitled "Extreme American Critters" with host, Larry the Cable Guy. 

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Knock,Knock Tortoise: Robot Burrowing In

December 12, 2011

Dr. Butler and his students use a robotic camera to view the tortoises in their burrows.

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Dr. Terri Ellis Discusses Microbes in the Environment

June 10, 2011

UNF microbiologist, Dr. Terri Ellis, talks about the presence of microbes in the environment and ways to stay healthy.  

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UNF is a necropsy partner with NOAA

February 4, 2011

The death of a young right whale highlights the deadly effects of entanglements on marine mammals.  UNF mammalogist, Julie Richmond, is one of many scientists working with NOAA as a necropsy partner to help with their conservation and management efforts.

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UNF biologist discusses shark behavior

January 6, 2011

 Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, a UNF biology professor, discusses shark behavior on WJXT Ch. 4 in response to a great white shark recently attacking a boat in Australia. 

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Potential ecological problems remain as result of BP oil spill

November 29, 2010

Dr. Daniel Moon, UNF biology professor, and about two dozen other ecologists representing the Gulf Coast Ecology Working Group collaborated on an editorial that appeared in The Florida Times-Union about the possible ecological problems due to the BP oil spill.

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Theories abound for why shark bites are down

October 27, 2010

Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, an assistant professor of biology at UNF, tells the Daytona Beach News-Journal that several academic studies, based on computer modeling, have indicated there could be large declines in shark populations.

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BP oil spill impact on wildlife

July 31, 2010

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the biggest oil spill disaster in United States history. Dr. Courtney Hackney, UNF coastal biology program director, discusses the spills impact on wildlife and what UNF researchers are proposing to do to help evaluate the impacts of the spill on WJCT 89.9 FM Radio's "In Context" show.

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Cold Holding Invasive Species at Bay

May 4, 2010

Dr. Matthew Gilg, ecological geneticist and Associate Professor of Biology at the University of North Florida, discusses the affects of the cold winters on the invasive green mussels in Northeast Florida.

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Gulf Coast oil spill on First Coast beaches

May 3, 2010

Dr. Cliff Ross, a UNF biology professor, talks to Action News about the impact of the oil spill on First Coast beaches.

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The water is his lab: UNF professor scours First Coast for sharks

May 3, 2010

Every week, Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, a UNF biology professor, and UNF graduate students cruise the waters around Nassau Sound and Cumberland Sound looking for test subjects. The crux of their research: Figuring out where sharks live and breed to help protect them from overfishing.

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Bugs slugged by winter?

March 15, 2010

Dr. Dan Moon, a UNF biology professor who specializes in insect ecology, told The Florida Times-Union that insect season may be delayed but not diminished by the cold.

Great white sharks sighted off Jacksonville's coast

March 4, 2010

UNF biology professor Dr. Jim Gelsleichter tells Action News that white sharks do appear to be moving into Florida waters not only to feed but for better water temperatures.

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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.

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UNF research team does its part to help clean up the St. Johns River

September 1, 2008

 Due to growing pollution problems in local waterways, UNF’s Biology Department is conducting a two-year study that may help significantly reduce the level of pollutants in the St. Johns River and its tributaries.

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Science begins to dive deeper into our waters

June 23, 2008

The University of North Florida and Jacksonville University are increasing programs to capitalize on the area's geography, including rivers, marshes and the ocean, which are ripe for study.

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Flip flop funk!

Dr. Terri Ellis discusses the microbial hazards of summertime footwear on FoX Action News.

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