LSU experts are available to assist media covering the 5-year anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Below are several university researchers with expertise on this subject. Please continue to check the list, as resources will be added.
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
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
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
A scientific article published by Mark Benfield and a team from LSU’s Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, housed in the School of the Coast & Environment, was published online on June 5 by the prestigious Journal of Fish Biology. This paper documented five observations of healthy oarfish from the northern Gulf of Mexico by… Read More
LSU-Led Research Finds Developmental Defects in Fish Species Impacted by Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, researchers are beginning to get a better idea of the long-term impacts for coastal ecosystems. A research team from LSU, University of California, Davis and Clemson University, has found that exposure of Gulf killifish embryos to sediments from oiled locations caused cardiovascular defects, delayed hatching and… 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