Southeastern Louisiana University biological sciences graduate student Zachary Leggett
ties plants to a floating platform he constructed that will serve as a floating marshland
to help clean stormwater contamination in the Del Sol subdivision in St. Tammany Parish.
In celebration of DarwinDay, Southeastern biology students created a version of Charles Darwin’s “Tree of Life,” a diagram depicting the evolution of all known living things. The diagram with explanations can be seen for a short time in the North Pine Street circle in front of the Biology Building. Pictured from left are: freshman Pedro Jimenez Antenucci, a member of the Biology Undergraduate Students (BUGS) organization; James Erdman, president of the Biology Graduate Student Organization; and graduate student Oliver Ljustina.
The invasion of non-native species is a problem that isn’t going away. Graduate students Tim Borgardt, James Erdmann, and Cody Godwin have been doing their part to fix this. Over the past year, they have published a series of papers documenting the continued spread of a new non-native species in southeastern Louisiana, the Sri Lanka House Gecko, and a new techniques for capturing and restraining local reptiles while collecting data.
Diego Elias, a member of Dr. Kyle Piller’s research team, was recently awarded with “Best Student Paper” at the fourth Latinoamerican Symposium of Ichthyology. Diego works on a fish called the “threadfin shad” in Mexico and uses molecular biology tools to understand the reasons for the unusual distribution of the this fish in Mexico.
Dr. Janice Bossart is spending two years serving the U.S. scientific community as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF selects only a few scientists to these prestigious and time-consuming positions. Bossart’s role is to coordinate the review of grant proposals to the NSF, which funds hundreds of the finest research programs in the world.
Biology Professor Roldan Valverde is following in historic footsteps. He recently became the Scientific Director of The Sea Turtle Conservancy. The first director was Archie Carr, who is the most important turtle biologist of all time. Valverde is a perfect fit for this tradition given his unique combination of skills as a turtle conservationist and an endocrinologist.