Karen Maruska, LSU assistant professor of biological sciences and 2013 recipient of the Ralph E. Powe Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and postdoctoral scholar Brian Grone at the University of California, San Francisco, have uncovered the long lost twin of one of the most extensively studied genes in the brain. The researchers’… Read More
Using a novel, helicopter-borne sensor to penetrate below the surface of large swathes of terrain, a team of researchers supported by the National Science Foundation, or NSF, has gathered compelling evidence that beneath the Antarctica ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys lies a salty aquifer that may support previously unknown microbial ecosystems and retain evidence of ancient… Read More
Humans have already discovered some 2 million different animal species on this planet, but some estimate there are over 1 million more to be found. We’re trying. Each year, scientists around the world discover some 17,000 to 18,000 new species, and 2014 was no different. Here, we’ve narrowed it down to five creatures that caught… Read More
It’s dark, it’s cold, it’s largely cut off from the outside world, but the lake water under a half-mile of ice in Antarctica is teeming with microbial life. That discovery is the focus of an article in the most recent Nature magazine published Thursday.
LSU’s Brent Christner and Colleagues Document the Existence of Microbial Life Below the Surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in Nature Publication In a finding that has implications for life in other extreme environments, both on Earth and planets elsewhere in the solar system, LSU Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Brent Christner and fellow… Read More
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… Read More
Japanese sea catfish hunt at night, using an array of senses to peer through the dark water and find their prey. Now scientists have discovered an additional way that the fish find food: Detecting slight chemical changes in the water produced by the breath of a sea worm.
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 at http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/7245/abstract/the-hoosier-cavefish-a-new-and-endangered. “I’m excited by… Read More
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. John Caprio, George C. Kent Professor of Biological Sciences at LSU, and colleagues from Kagoshima University in Japan have identified that these fish are equipped… Read More