The Amazon rainforest, a well-known epicenter of biodiversity, has offered up another trove of riches. The treasure takes the form of 15 newly described bird species. Some are tiny. One has a long, curved bill. Another is super fluffy. All live in the southern Amazon, most of them in an area known as the “arc… 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
LSU professor James Cowan Jr., a fisheries ecologist, said he was both amused and frustrated by the debate over the Caernarvon diversion “because it certainly wasn’t designed to be a restoration tool. It’s doing what it’s supposed to do (freshening water along the coast to increase the growth of oysters), but it’s not a good… Read More
“It is a little darker in color than a piece of modern cypress, but if I didn’t tell you that it was over 50,000 years old, you wouldn’t know it,” said Kristine DeLong, the Louisiana State University researcher who prepared and sent the AL.com samples for analysis. “I showed it to some of the other… Read More
LSU Engineering Professor Predicts Oyster Norovirus Outbreak in Cameron Parish The Gulf Coast region is a national leader in oyster production. In 2010 alone, the region harvested about 15.5 million pounds of oysters, more than half of the national total. Consumption of raw oysters is certainly a Louisiana tradition, with more than 30 oyster-growing areas… Read More
The study by LSU’s Center for Energy Studies notes that much of the capital expenditures associated with large projects occur in other states. The study released Tuesday was commissioned by a national natural gas industry association.
Members of the media may be interested in contacting LSU experts for comment or analysis throughout the 2012 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… Read More