The Greenhouse Comes Alive!

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. - See more at:

Look up to the top of our Biology Building and you’ll see a beautiful glass house on top. This is the Biological Sciences Greenhouse. After several years in remission, and thanks to the effort of Biology Instructor Frank Campo and many others, projects using this wonderful resource are in full swing. Here, several students from General Biology I lab check on the progress of their experimental plants.

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Students in Greenhouse

Dr Nelson receives Green Jacket

Dr. Ed Nelson received his Green Jacket at the University Convocation in recognition of 40 years of service at Southeastern. Dr. Nelson has done more than just teach: he is the Undergrad Coordinator, the Asst Department Head, a member of Faculty Senate, advisor of the DOA, and a member of the Medical School Evaluation Committee. more...

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Green Jacket

Biology graduate students looking for invasive species

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 articles on the continued spread of non-native species in southeastern Louisiana and a new techniques for capturing local reptiles.

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patrolling for invasive species

Out with the old and in with the new

Dr. Gary Childers, leader of our Microbiology team, proudly poses with a brand new autoclave. Thanks to a partnership with LSU's Louisiana Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (LBRN), Southeastern was able to purchase a new autoclave. This is just an example of the ways that Southeastern biologists partner with our friends at LSU.

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New Autoclave

3 New Faculty Joining Biology Department

The Department of Biological Sciences is excited to welcome three new faculty members. Drs. Raul Diaz, April Wright, and Jennifer Lamb (from left) are an excellent addition and will bring interesting new research programs to the department.

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New Faculty

Southeastern Biologist and the Tradition of Turtle Protection

Biology Professor Roldan Valverde is following in historic footsteps. He recently became the Scientific Director of The Sea Turtle Conservancy, whose first director, Archie Carr, was the most important turtle biologist of all time. Valverde is a perfect fit for this tradition being a turtle conservationist and endocrinologist.

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Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Science offers coursework in a wide variety of disciplines and boasts many strong, well-funded research programs. 

We serve more than 12,000 students each year in modern facilities with cutting-edge instrumentation, and we emphasize inquiry-based, hands-on instruction. Our department has 37 full-time faculty and more than 900 undergraduate and graduate students.  


  • Concentrations in business, plant science, ecology/environmental/evolutionary biology, microbiology/molecular biology, organismal/integrative biology and science education

  • Honors curriculum is available

  • Closely affiliated with Southeastern's Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station near Manchac

  • Summer study abroad programs in Costa Rica




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 Dr. John Day

 26 April

John Day

Louisiana State University

Title: Sustainability in a climate-challenged, resource-scarce world: Local to global perspectives

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