A research team in the LSU Department of Biological Sciences led by Assistant Professor Adam Bohnert has published a landmark study linking greater metabolic health—achieved through a natural plant extract—with longer lifespans in C. elegans, commonly known as roundworms.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
A fearful response towards new things (“neophobia”) partly determines whether animals will be to take advantage of new food sources and nesting sites and avoid novel dangers. Because humans have altered wildlife habitats worldwide, understanding more about why some individuals avoid and others interact with new things may be critical to understanding which animals will be able to live in novel urban and suburban habitats and which will not.
As humans continue to impact the environment, sometimes resulting in the destruction of wildlife and their habitats, LSU researcher Christine Lattin is studying why some animals fail to adapt while others thrive. Her goal is to better understand how animals, as well as humans, respond to stress.
Humans re-shape the environments where they live, with cities being among the most profoundly transformed environments on Earth. New research now shows that these urban environments are altering the way life evolves.