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What Dung Beetles Tell Us About Climate Change

Kimberly Sheldon, assistant professor in the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will kick off the spring 2020 Science Forum lecture series with “What Dung Beetles Tell Us About Climate Change” Friday, January 24.

Dung beetles are intriguing, charismatic beetles with great significance to humans. In ancient times, they were considered sacred by Egyptians. Today, we benefit from the variety of ecosystem services that dung beetles provide, including nutrient cycling, waste removal, and secondary seed dispersal. In her presentation, Sheldon will use dung beetles to understand how environmental temperatures have shaped the physiology and distributions of tropical and temperate species. She applies this information to understand the impacts of climate warming on ecological communities across latitude with the goal of identifying the taxa most vulnerable to climate change.

Friday, January 24 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, A
1600 Phillip Fulmer Way

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Lectures & Presentations


Science, Sustainability


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public



Science Forum


College of Arts and Sciences,

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology



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Amanda Womac

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