On Wednesday, Feb. 11, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; officials from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, or CPRA; the Baton Rouge Area Foundation; LSU; the City of Baton Rouge; and the Water Institute participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for River Studies.
Kam-biu Liu, LSU George W. Barineau III Professor and Chair of the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences of the School of the Coast and Environment, has been awarded the prestigious Siu Lien Ling Wong Visiting Fellowship.
Maria Vozzo’s strong interest in Deepwater Horizon research led her from North Carolina to Louisiana to study the oil’s effects on local oysters.
Her work has a wide scope, from the oyster’s environmental conditions to their cellular responses. Maria’s creative adaptation of commercial oyster equipment for her research may also improve them for fisherman’s use.
Recent Honors College graduate Edward Lo has had his 2013 Honors Thesis accepted for publication in Geo-Marine Letters, a prestigious marine geology scholarly journal. Edward is the first author, and his thesis advisor Dr. Samuel Bentley, Director of the LSU Coastal Studies Institute, is second author. Dr. Kehui Xu, Assistant Professor of Oceanography at LSU, is third author.
LSU Oceanography and Coastal Sciences Professor Robert Twilley, a fellow in the Coastal Studies Institute, is the lead investigator of a joint project focusing on the sustainability of deltaic landscapes. The project, “DELTA SEES: Sustainability of Deltaic Coastlines – The Trillion Dollar Problem,” has been named a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s, or NSF, 2014 Coastal SEES award.
Researchers from LSU’s Museum of Natural Science and the University of Kentucky have discovered the first new U.S. cavefish species in 40 years. The new eyeless cavefish is described from Indiana and named in part after the Indiana Hoosiers. The discovery was published in the open access journal ZooKeys, available athttp://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/7245/abstract/the-hoosier-cavefish-a-new-and-endangered.
Animals incorporate a number of unique methods for detecting prey, but for the Japanese sea catfish, Plotosus japonicus, it is especially tricky given the dark murky waters where it resides.
Jacob Esselstyn, curator of mammals at LSU’s Museum of Natural Science, was part of a research team that discovered a carnivorous water rat in central Indonesia. The species was previously known only to local people in the western highlands of Sulawesi Island, and has been used as a talisman by area residents to protect homes from fire.