News and Links

November 15th, 2019: Banta Lab research featured in a story by the Texas Standard that appeared on NPR stations.

November 12th, 2019: Alejandro Ibarra-Narvaez, research assistant in the Banta Lab, was awarded a National Science Foundation UT-System Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Summer Research Academy Abroad (SRA-A) fellowship to study plant genetics at the University of Tübingen in Germany.

November 10th, 2019: Ebony Griffin, honors biology major and research assistant in the Banta Lab, recognized for best environmental science poster presentation at the National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference. 2019.

May 29th, 2019: Dr. Banta and his students' mussel research are featured in an article in the Tyler Loop.

March 29th, 2019: Dr. Banta is featured as part of a series on research at UT-Tyler:

Friday, April 19th, 2019: Kinza Ashraf, honors biology major and research assistant in the Banta lab, won third-best poster in her category at the Lyceum Student Research Showcase at the University of Texas at Tyler! Her poster was entitled, "Predicting East Texas Mussel Distributions Using Current and Future Climate Data."

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019: Kinza Ashraf, honors biology major and research assistant in the Banta lab, won best poster in her category at the Texas Academy of Science meeting in Brownwood, TX! Her poster was entitled, "Predicting East Texas Mussel Distributions Using Current and Future Climate Data."

October 20th, 2017: Miles Mesa, a former Banta Lab member (now PhD student at the University of Illinois), is featured in the New York Times about his current research! Dr. Banta gets mentioned as well.

February 16th, 2016: University honors Darwin Day at Discovery Science Center, other eventsPatriot Talon (student newspaper).

February 16th, 2016: Professors, Army Research Lab collaboratingPatriot Talon (student newspaper).

January 8th, 2016: The Banta lab's work was highlighted in UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven's UT Matters blog!

January 4th, 2016: UT Tyler professors conduct research with US Army labTyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, TX).

Josh Banta organized a symposium at the 2015 Evolution meetings in Guarujá, Brazil, along with co-organizer Christina Richards (University of South Florida). The symposium was entitled "Epigenetics and Evolutionary Processes" and was sponsored by the Society for the Study of Evolution. Click here to see photos and videos and to learn more.

Darwin Day in Tyler Texas was on February 7th, 12th, and 13th 2015. This will be an annual event from now on. Visit to see the events we had this year.

June 27th, 2014: UT Tyler awarded $300K grant to study freshwater mussels in East Texas. Daily Progress (Jacksonville, TX), front page article.

June 20th, 2014: UT Tyler biology professor selected for national program. Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, TX).

May 13th, 2014: Late bloomers: subtle diversity in flowering time. Human Frontier Science Program, feature article.

April 7th, 2014: UT Tyler set to study a potential endangered species. NBC Affiliate KETK, Tyler, TX.

March 17th, 2014: UT-Tyler Biology department to investigate Painted Crayfish. UT-Tyler press release.

February 25th, 2014: 
Biology graduate student travels to Europe for wildflower researchPatriot Talon (student newspaper).

October 18th, 2013: Tunable plastic development. Nature Reviews Genetics research highlight.

September 10th, 2013: Grant funds search for rare flower. Patriot Talon (student newspaper).

February 14th, 2013: 
UT-Tyler Biology Department Faculty Awarded Nearly $70,000 to Study Endangered East Texas Species. UT-Tyler press release.

January 29th, 2013: Something in the water? Biology department uses grant to strengthen mussel research. Patriot Talon (student newspaper).

September 26, 2012: Biology gets $250,000 NSF grant. Patriot Talon (student newspaper).

August 24, 2012: UT-Tyler to receive advanced botany research equipment. UT-Tyler press release.