The legend of Ted Parker hangs heavy around the LSU Museum of Natural Science. Before dying in a 1983 plane crash in Ecuador, he accomplished so much in the field of ornithology — conserving South American lands, collecting audio of thousands of bird sounds and setting a world record.
Research relying heavily on the genetic tissue collection housed at LSU’s Museum of Natural Science (one of the world’s largest collections of vertebrate tissues) has provided a newly constructed family tree of hummingbirds, with the research demonstrating that hummingbird diversity appears to be increasing rather than reaching a plateau. The work, started more than 12… Read More
A new study, led by Oxford University with major contributions from LSU’s Museum of Natural Science, has determined that species living together in close proximity are not forced to evolve differently to avoid competing with each other, challenging a theory that has held since Darwin’s “Origin of Species.” The researchers focused on ovenbirds, one… Read More
By Ryne Artigue The American Ornithologist’s Union, or AOU, honored Van Remsen, John S. McIlhenny Professor of Biological Sciences and curator of birds for the LSU Museum of Natural Science, as the 2013 recipient of the William Brewster Memorial Reward, one of the highest honors awarded annually by the AOU. “The experience was very rewarding…. Read More
Cements status as one of the world’s leading ornithological institutions An international team of researchers coordinated by ornithologist Bret Whitney of the LSU Museum of Natural Science, or LSUMNS, recently published 15 species of birds previously unknown to science. The formal description of these birds has been printed in a special volume of the “Handbook… 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
LSU research team first to show eyeless Australian fish have closest relatives in Madagascar A team of researchers from LSU’s Museum of Natural Science, or MNS, and the American Museum of Natural History has discovered that two groups of blind cave fishes on opposite sides of the Indian Ocean are each other’s closest relatives. Through comprehensive DNA… Read More