News and Links

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.

August 25th, 2017: Dr. Banta received the 2016-2017 White Fellowship for Teaching Excellence award.

February 18th, 2016: Fueling the Future: Army Research Laboratory initiative lends hand to economical biofuel production. Army Research Lab Public Affairs Office.

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

February 16th, 2016: Professors, Army Research Lab collaborating. Patriot 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 lab. Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, TX).

The Banta lab's work was highlighted in UT-Tyler President Rodney Mabry's Fall 2015 Convocation remarks! (See also here.)

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 27th, 2014: UT Tyler Biology Department Faculty Awarded Grant to Examine Threatened Rattlesnake. CBS Affiliate KYTX, Tyler, TX.

June 27th, 2014: UT Tyler Biology Department Faculty Awarded Grant to Examine Threatened Rattlesnake. UT-Tyler press release.

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

June 20th, 2014: UT Tyler Biology Professor Selected for National Open-Campus Program at Army Research Laboratory. UT-Tyler press release.

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 26th 2014: Our PNAS article on root systems architecture in Arabidopsis was recommended by Faculty of 1000 Prime!

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 research. Patriot 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.