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Kissing bugs, which feed on vertebrate blood, are thought to have evolved from the so-called assassin bugs. The assassin bugs feed on and kill other bugs. Dr. Dorn is a contributing author of a recent article testing if kissing bugs can still survive feeding only on other bugs (specifically the hemolymph, the equivalent of blood in insects). Surprisingly, one of three species tested, the largest in the U.S.

Dr. Thomas has surpassed what it means to teach with excellence. In the classroom, she strives to provide students with content in a manner that is both engaging and easy to understand. She has pioneered many courses, including BioInquiry and Foundations of Environmental Science that include curriculums designed to adequately prepare first-year students with the skills essential to a career in science. 

Drs. Donat-P. Häder and Paul W. Barnes coauthored an article on “Comparing the impacts of climate change on the responses and linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems” May 2019

To read the full article, click here.

Kristen Williams (BIOL '19) was awarded The Alumni Association Graduation Award at the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Convocation on May 10, 2019. Congratulations, Kristen!

Four Biology seniors receive awards at the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Convocation on May 10, 2019. The Ruth and Lee Faust Award: Kyle Cleveland, Monica Nguyen and Arden LaGrone. The Reverend John H. Mullahy, S.J., Award: Arden LaGrone. The St. Joseph Pignatelli, S.J., Award: Joshua Quintana. 

 

Congratulations to the Biology Honors Students for their hard work. Extra applause goes to Arden LaGrone and Julia Racine in receiving awards for their research. (L-R: Kyle Cleveland, Arden LaGrone, Julia Racine, Robert Mipro, Kayla Noto and Kristen Williams.)

Rachel Nuwer, ’07 Biology Honors, minor in English, gave an inspiring presentation to about 75 students, faculty and community members at Loyola University New Orleans, April 11th on her “behind the scenes” adventures of hanging out with pangolin poachers in Vietnamese jungles; surveying Lao black markets for rhino horn, ivory and tiger penis; counting elephants from the back of a bumpy, four-seat Cessna flying over Chad; work spanning a dozen countries while preparing her la

The Department of Biological Sciences hosted its 29th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium with presentations given by Biology and Physics students. We acknowledge their hard and time-consuming work and congratulate them on a job well done! Click here to view the full program.

Dr. Paul Barnes recently published a new article on Desert Decomposition. Click Here to read the article. 

 

Dr. Phil Bucolo is an aquatic biologist and a visiting assistant professor at Loyola University. He appeared in an article in The New Orleans Advocate about an acidic lake atop a gypsum pile in Convent, LA. The article is titled "Risk falling for potential environmental disaster from slipping waste pile, Mosaic officials say" by David Mitchell. In the article, Dr. Bucolo gave insight into how high acidity levels would impact freshwater plants.

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