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Congratulations, Shannon! The committee for the Monroe Library Student Research Contest has selected Shannon's research project, "Impact of Urban Park Management on Ground Dwelling Spider Communities" as the winner in the senior thesis category for this year's contest. This award comes with a $200 prize. The committee enjoyed reading both her research process and her finished paper -- fantastic work!

ENVA Professor Dr. Philip 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.

Students Tamera and Tia Blackstone of New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School partnered with Dr.

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

 

Dr. Barnes has been actively involved in a European association specifically dedicated to the study of UV radiation and plants (UV4Plants). He is currently on the Editorial Board and also serves on the society’s Managing Committee.  Just this past April a meeting was held in Bled, Slovenia, which is situated in the Alps.

Kayla Bertucci, WGNO/WNOL put together a story on our very own NOLA Batman, Dr. Craig Hood, Director of the Environment Program, which aired on December 3, 2018.  Here is the link to the story.

Bryan Whittington from ENV Class of 2017. I just wanted to give the everyone an update on my life since graduation. You may recall that I did several internships in various departments at the Audubon Zoo throughout college. Not long after graduating, I accepted a position as a full-time zookeeper at the Baton Rouge Zoo in the Primates/Carnivores department. This was an awesome experience for me to begin my career in animal care. One of the highlights was working with two ornery cheetahs and training them from square one to receiving a voluntary injection.

Seniors, Andrew Harper (ENVB '19), Shannon Hester (ENVT '19), and Arden LaGrone (BIOL '19) presented their research in the Undergraduate Mentored Research poster competition at the National Association of Biology Teachers on Saturday, November 10 in San Diego, California. They did a fantastic job and represented their respective Loyola programs and University to the highest standard.

 

Loyola Environment Professors and father-daughter duo, Dr. Bob Thomas and Dr. Aimée Thomas, showcased some spooky creatures on WVUE Fox 8 News, including Dr. Bob's snake discovery and Rosie the Tarantula. 

Check out the video here.

Dr. Aimee K. Thomas, professor for the Environment Program and Biology, visited Ridgewood Prep Kindergarten students to discuss spider natural history. A good time was had by all, including the eight-legged helper. 

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