May 8, 2018
May 1, 2018
April 17, 2018. We are glad to report that there are currently 13 graduate students at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science working hard to continue this institution’s legacy of ornithological excellence. This legacy is due to the effort and skill of numerous ornithologists, but this year we are especially honoring Ted Parker on the 25th anniversary of his passing. When Ted died in a plane crash during a biological survey in Ecuador, we lost an inspiring individual for all of us graduate students. None of us met him personally, but we regularly get to hear stories from the older vanguard at LSU of his tremendous ornithological field skills. For his many contributions to the study of Neotropical birds, Ted will be inducted into the LSU College of Science’s Hall of Distinction on April 20th.
January 12, 2018. Crude Life is an interdisciplinary art, science and outreach project focused on gathering data on endemic fishes affected by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. This portable artscience museum of Gulf of Mexico regional biodiversity seeks to raise public awareness of local species, ecosystems, and regional environmental challenges through temporary "pop-up" exhibitions along community "citizen science" surveys of Gulf species.
December 14, 2017
December 13, 2017
August 18, 2017
April 25th, 2017
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March 27th, 2017
March 2, 2017 - Spring is an exciting time at the LSU Museum of Natural Science. There are currently sixteen graduate students continuing the legacy of ornithological excellence at the LSUMNS – several of the older cohort are preparing to defend their dissertations, others are eagerly planning summer expeditions in Indonesia, Bolivia, and Brazil, and many of us are preparing to share our work at scientific meetings across the country. In our spare time, you can find us behind binoculars keeping tabs on the local bird life – especially now that early spring migrants are arriving in Louisiana.
January 5, 2017
September 9, 2016 - Sri Lankan herpetologist Sudesh Batuwita named a new species of scincid lizard (Eutropis austini) after curator Chris Austin “for his contributions to the systematics of the scincid fauna of Sri Lanka.” The paper was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Herpetology and uses morphology to distinguish this species as new to science. Eutropis austini is found only in the Central Hills of Sri Lanka above 500 meters in elevation. In order to describe a species as new to science researchers must follow a very rigorous procedure with strict rules put in place by the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) and have it published in a peer-reviewed journal.
The LSU Museum of Natural Science's "Special Saturdays" program schedule is now posted! Join us for fun filled Saturdays once a month to learn more about the natural world (activities best suited for ages 5-12). Find out more about Special Saturdays and pre-register for a session HERE.