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Picture of a monarch butterfly

How to help endangered monarch butterflies

A Carolina biologist explains the insect’s decline, and a horticulturalist recommends planting milkweed to benefit butterflies — and our ecosystem.


Pedro holds samples of his work in the lab, dressed in lab coast and mask and goggles.

Inviting controlled chaos into drug synthesis

Chemist Pedro de Jesús Cruz’s recent study aims to solve an issue that frequently arises in the manufacturing of chemicals on a commercial scale: how to create and isolate a desired product without resulting in an abundance of difficult-to-dispose-of byproducts.


Earth, marine and environmental sciences graduate student Sarah Wells-Hull, left, puts her hand on the Little River fault after an earthquake at Sparta, North Carolina, ruptured the ground in 2020. Ashley Lynn, right, works in the trench dug to expose the fault.

Research on rare NC earthquake aids preparation, forecasting

Two years after a 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit Sparta, North Carolina, professor Kevin Stewart’s research shows why the event was unique and important.


Left: John Bruno holds a Galapagos brittle star — an “echinoderm” that is related to sea urchins and sea stars. Right: John Bruno stands on a bed of rocks near the water.

Tar Heels in the field in the Galapagos

Meet some of the Carolina researchers who are conducting their research more than 2,600 miles away on the Galapagos Islands. Many of these researchers are in the College of Arts and Sciences.


a reef completely swamped by a benthic cyanobacterial bloom at the Salt Pier in Bonaire, Netherlands.

Shedding new light on coral Black Band Disease

UNC-Chapel Hill biologists examine the links between microbial mats and a type of coral disease that has become an urgent conservation concern, and they suggest mitigation strategies to help reduce its spread.


Meet a Summer Research Fellow: Ph.D. candidate John West

John West is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of psychology and neuroscience. He has been awarded a Summer Research Fellowship from The Graduate School.


UNC-Chapel Hill's campus at spring time

Loftin named University Manager of the Year

Beverly Loftin, business manager in the department of physics and astronomy and applied physical sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences, was named the 2022 University Manager of the Year.