Southeastern biologists to offer spring seminar series

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
by: Rene Abadie

HAMMOND - The Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Biological Sciences will present a spring series of informal seminars for the public on a variety of scientific topics.

The highly popular Science on Tap discussions are held in cooperation with Tope lá Catering of Hammond, 113 East Thomas Street in Hammond. The presentations are held the first Tuesday of  the month with the exception of March due to the Mardi Gras break. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the seminars starting at 7 p.m. The presentations are free and open to all ages.

"Last semester's sessions were well attended, and we're looking forward to a new series of entertaining and educational presentations," said Professor of Biological Sciences Brian Crother, who is coordinating the series with Professor Kyle Piller. "Our intent is to present these topics in a layman-friendly fashion to increase the knowledge and awareness of biology and its vital role in the ecosystem and in all our lives."

On schedule for the coming months are:

-- Feb. 4, "Insects: Unloved, Understudied, but Ecologically Invaluable," by Associate Professor Janice Bossart;

-- April 1, "Forensic Entomology: Bugs, Cadavers and Crimes in Louisiana," by Associate Professor Erin Watson-Horzelski;

-- May 6, "Wetland Restoration in Southeastern Louisiana," by Professor Gary Shaffer; and

-- June 3, "Why Are There So Many Beautiful Flowers?" by Associate Professor Rick Miller.

For additional information on the seminar series, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 985-549-3740. The full seminar series is posted on the department's web page at

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