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Dr. Joel MacClellan (Philosophy faculty 2014-present, Ph.D. University of Tennessee, 2012). Professor MacClellan teaches courses such as Environmental Ethics and the Philosophy of Science at Loyola. His recent research is in the ethics of conservation biology, and his recent talks include an argument that wild animals’ have limited privacy rights which can be violated through documentary filmmaking, zoo cameras, wildlife tracking, etc., and the view that an animal rights perspective is compatible with invasive species management.

Allie Belcher, Environmental Studies minor, is spending the spring semester at the St. Eustatia Center for Archaeological Research in the Caribbean going out into the field and digging in areas to find artifacts that can tell us something about the history of the island. Once they properly collected artifacts, they then catalogue them by recording their context and identifying each item. From there, they can either reaffirm what is known about St. Eustatius’ history or create a new story altogether.


Sidney Williams, ENVB ‘20 is currently working on a research project investigating the effects of
silicate concentrations of growth of a diatom, Skeletonema costatum, in a defined media. The
motivation to produce a media alternative to the universal, nutrient-rich media, is to more accurately
monitor the growth of diatoms based on the chemistry of the water from where they were collected.
The organisms found within Lake Pontchartrain have adapted to thrive with the proportion of

Dr. Phil Bucolo is an aquatic community ecologist with a primary focus on lower food web dynamics
specifically algal and aquatic plant ecophysiology and biogeochemical processes. He is interested in the
environmental processes that drive organismal interactions and how those interactions affect aquatic
community ecology. His lab is currently involved in a number of research endeavors that include
undergraduate collaboration. Loyola biochemistry major Jared Chan and Dr. Bucolo are quantifying

Congratulations to Loyola University New Orleans Environmental Science and Biology students in my research lab for successfully presenting their research at the 2019 National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development conference in Chicago. They competed in the Undergraduate Mentored Research poster competition.  Katie Rompf, ENVB '20, placed 3rd in the competition and was awarded a cash prize and a one-year membership in the organization.

ENVA Director Dr. Aimee Thomas, and Dr. Bob Thomas were recently featured on a Fox 8 Halloween segment covering snakes and spiders, and why they're not as scary as one might think. Click here to watch the segment!

Congratulations to Abby Perez (BIOL'20) and Chloe Dupleix (BIOL'20) for receiving the Loyola Strength in Diversity grant to fund the Late Nights at Loyola events that they will co-direct this academic year.  We would love for all of you to come see what our students are doing to make a difference with kids who attend Anna's Place, a non-profit organization that aims to enrich inner city, economically disadvantaged, at-risk youth in the Nola area.

Congratulations to Champagne Cunningham and Dr. Hood on their appearance on Fox 8! Their program focused on bats and the bat based events being held this fall at Loyola. 


Click Here to watch the footage from the program! 

Congrats to Katie Rompf, ENVB '20, for all of her hard work this past year studying the natural history of brown widows.  We have already learned so much about them and she starts another round of experiments this week.  Here is the clip from a news story we recorded on Monday (Sept. 30) that aired on the 5pm news Tuesday (Oct. 1). Enjoy.

Loyola College Democrats partnered with Benjamin Franklin High School’s Green Society and Loyola University's Environment Program to host a night of discussion and debate with state representatives from Districts 91 and 98.  Students from Ben Franklin High School facilitated a forum focused on local environmental issues ranging from coastal restoration to renewable energy. Loyola College Democrats also hosted a debate later that night on a wider range of issues important to New Orleans voters for the candidates running in District 98.


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