Birds that are related, such as Darwin’s finches, but that vary in beak size and behavior specially evolved to their habitat are examples of a process called speciation. It has long been thought that dramatic changes in a landscape like the formation of the Andes Mountain range or the Amazon River is the main… Read More
Shell recently awarded the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program at Louisiana State University a $50,000 grant that will fund up to four student assistantships. “Sea Grant is pleased that Shell decided to support our continued efforts for education and workforce development by supporting these student assistantships,” said Robert Twilley, Louisiana Sea Grant (LSG) Executive Director…. Read More
Three LSU students plan to build an app to help the public hold police accountable, one of eight projects in the Social Media News Challenge. Jerry Ceppos, dean of LSU’sManship School of Mass Communication, chose seven projects Friday to receive mini-grants under the school’s Social Media News Challenge grant from the Knight Foundation.
Members of the media may be interested in contacting LSU experts for comment or analysis throughout the 2014 hurricane season. LSU’s faculty study all aspects of risks associated with living in the coastal zone, and their areas of expertise include evacuation and emergency preparation; waves, wind and storm surge; water and environmental issues; and coastal land… Read More
by Barry Keim LSU Professor of Geography & Anthropology Louisiana State Climatologist The 2013 hurricane season quietly ended on Nov. 30. In total, there were 13 named storms, which included 11 tropical storms and 2 hurricanes. The two hurricanes only reached Category 1 strength, hence there were no major hurricanes this season. Given the forecasts… Read More
Sarcopterygii, or the lobe-finned fishes, includes the coelacanths, lungfishes, fishes involved in the transition to land, and all tetrapods (mammals, amphibians, and reptiles [the birds, turtles, crocodiles, and squamates]). The lobe-finned fishes are Devonian in age and the sister group to Actinopterygii, or ray-finned fishes. Actinopterygii and Sarcopterygii are nearly of equal size (c. 30,000 spp. each). Actinopterygii… Read More
by Prosanta Chakrabarty. Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences & Curator of Ichthyology, LSU Museum of Natural Science The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the largest accidental release of oil in history with over 4.9 million barrels (=206 million gallons) released; however, accessing the actual environmental impacts will be very difficult. The largest… Read More
Whether among working cowboys, at a rodeo, a scene from a movie, or in a magazine advertisement for Marlboro cigarettes— most of us have seen a cowboy on horseback chasing down a steer, casting a lasso over its horns, and forcing it to crash to the ground. That iconic scene of the West brings to… Read More