Graduate School

UNT graduate student researches the relationship between plants and humans

Mon, Jul 20, 2015 - 12:09pm

The old adage “April showers bring May flowers” might have been uttered too soon as Denton County was pelted with floods this spring. But the flora that survived the rain could help one UNT graduate student get her master’s degree.

Andrea Cloutier is researching the personal urban gardening practices of many Denton residents as she completes her thesis in UNT’s geography department. She has partnered with volunteers from Keep Denton Beautiful, Native Plant Society of Texas, Denton County Master Gardener Association and Texas Master Naturalists in the hopes of providing more horticultural knowledge to those interested in...

Group to present program on bumblebees

Thu, Jul 16, 2015 - 12:44pm

Members of the Elm Fork Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists will hear a presentation on conservation of North Texas bumblebees today at the Denton County Elections Building, 701 Kimberly Drive.

A social time is planned at 9 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:30 a.m.

Guest speaker will be Jessica Beckham, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental science at the University of North Texas.

The program will include information on the natural history of bumblebees, identification of species in North Texas, ongoing research at UNT and ways that individuals can help to conserve these vital resources, according to a...

Learn about bumblebees at brown-bag session in Frisco

Tue, Jul 14, 2015 - 10:46am

The city of Frisco will hold a free brown-bag workshop on native pollinators from noon to 1 p.m. July 24.

Jessica Beckham, a doctoral candidate in environmental science at the University of North Texas, will talk about the history of bumblebees, identification of common species in North Texas, and ways to conserve and protect them.

The workshop will be held at the Frisco Department of Public Works Training Room, 11300 Research Road. Registration is requested. Learn more at

Despite national decline, bumblebees thrive in county

Fri, Jul 10, 2015 - 11:40am

Although certain species of bumblebees are declining in some parts of the nation, a researcher from the University of North Texas said bumblebee populations in Denton County remain strong.

Jessica Beckham, a doctoral student, conducted field work at gardens across the county, sampling 450 bees, all belonging to two species that are declining nationwide.

“They’re both doing pretty well here, and the proportions are almost exactly the same as historical data, so that’s a good sign,” Beckham said.

The results of her study are being finalized before she publishes the research.

In addition, she’s now going...

Sikeston graduate selected to meet with Nobel Prize winners in Germany

Mon, Jun 15, 2015 - 11:59am

University of North Texas doctoral student Michael Jones will meet and network with Nobel Prize winners during the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which will bring together laureates in physiology, medicine, physics and chemistry.


Thousands of young scientists apply to attend the event each year. Jones is one of 672 attendees from 88 countries who will participate in this year's event, which takes place from June 28--July 3 in Germany.

"In my research and classes at UNT I have learned to be resilient and ask a lot of questions," Jones said in an article written by the University of North Texas. "...