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2017 Gates Cambridge Scholar starting Ph.D. research in zoology at the University of Cambridge focusing on the functional role of spiders in Southeast Asian oil palm plantations and how plantation management techniques affect overall spider biodiversity; will be a member of the Insect Ecology Group in the Department of Zoology

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Conducting summer research at Yale Cardiovascular Research Center as a recipient of the American Heart Association Founders Affiliate Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship

Christopher was a Biology graduate who conducted an UG Honors Thesis with Dr. David White, graduating in 2004. His thesis was his introduction to ecological research and landscape ecology that led him to a career as a research scientist. He went on to receive a Ph.D. and has developed as an outstanding wetland ecosystem ecologist. His just published paper in Nature Climate Change is an important contribution to our understanding of the roles of coastal wetlands in an age of global climate change.

Michael Pashkevich ('17), the first Gates Cambridge Scholar from Loyola University New Orleans, will pursue a PhD in Zoology to investigate the role of spiders in Southeast Asian oil palm plantations and how riparian margin restoration within plantations affects spider biodiversity and behaviour.

Michael Pashkevich (Biology ’17) and Melanie Sferrazza (Environmental Science ’17) presented their research last weekend in the Mentored Undergraduate Research Poster Competition at the Annual Professional Development Conference of the National Association of Biology Teachers in Denver, CO.  They competed against other college students who have done research in their discipline and were judged by scientists and science educators in their respective fields.  In the competition, Pashkevich placed first for his work entitled, “Indirect effects of white-tailed deer on southeast Louisiana spider

Loyola Biology Alum David B. Reeves (BS’ 12) co-authored an article with mentor Dr. Frank Jordan, a professor in the Biology Department titled “Response of Imperiled Okaloosa Darters to Stream Restoration.” North American Journal of Fisheries Management 36:1375–1385, 2016. Link to the article here.

Loyola University New Orleans Biology professor Aimée K.

Loyola biology professors Aimée and Robert Thomas recently made a life-changing trip to Tanzania, Africa, as documented in this Youtube video. The trip occurred during the 2016 spring migration.

Watch the full video

Dr. Paul Barnes and Mark Tobler, Department of Biological Sciences and Environment Program, attended the UV4Plants meeting held on the campus of the University of Pécs, Hungary from 29-31 May 2016.  Dr. Barnes gave an oral presentation and Mark presented a poster.  This research addressed plant and ecosystem responses to solar ultraviolet radiation (UV) and included three Loyola students as co-authors.  Dr. Barnes also chaired a meeting session and was appointed to the Board of Editors of this association.

Mark Tobler recently received The College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Staff Excellence Award which is given to the member who demonstrates outstanding service above and beyond what is required and expected. In addition to his research, Mark is very dedicated to his work in the greenhouse.

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