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Honors Student Investigates Anti-Viral Genes in Wild Turkeys

August 5, 2020 The word “virus” is on everybody’s lips these days, but Ben Fry, an undergraduate Biology major at the University of Mississippi was talking about these disease agents well before most of us. Last year, while investigating various research possibilities for his thesis in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, he became interested […]

Ph.D. Student Affiliate Jordan Heiman Investigating Coral Chimerism

May 18, 2020 My name is Jordan Heiman and I am a PhD student here at the University of Mississippi. For my graduate research, I am investigating coral chimerism in Eilat, Israel on the Red Sea. Chimerism is the occurrence of multiple genotypes of the same species cooccurring in one organism. In corals, this can […]

“Please Help Reduce Single-Use Plastic Pollution” by Madelyn Abbott, Biology Major

April 20, 2020 Please Help Reduce Single-Use Plastic Pollution Madelyn Abbott Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Research Student Affiliate The words, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” spoken by Mahatma Gandhi, can have substantial power when considering your role within the environment. Now more than ever, people all over the world […]

Dr. Tamar Goulet, International Coral Reef Society Research Fellow…Congrats!!!

March 5, 2020 Dr. Tamar Goulet, Professor of Biology and member of the University of Mississippi Center for Biodiveristy and Conservation Research was recently honored by being selected as an International Coral Reef Society Research Fellow in recognition of scientific achievements in improving our understanding of coral reefs and for service to the Society. Congratulations […]

Botanical Collection at Field Station Focus of Presentation at International Meeting

January 16, 2020 Natural history collections in museums act as historical databases that can reveal changes in the geographical distributions of animal and plant species over time. A recent presentation by Dr. Marge Holland, a Professional Affiliate of the Center for Biodiversity & Conservation Research, and Professor Emerita in the Department of Biology at the […]

New Discovery: Bigger Ponds Aren’t Always Better for Aquatic Insect Species

November 8, 2019 One of the truisms in Nature is that habitat patches in all types of systems – terrestrial, aquatic, marine – vary in size, whether it is host plants for plant-eating insects, prairie remnants for grassland birds, coral reefs for marine fish, or ponds for aquatic insects. In all these systems both average […]

Affiliated Scientist Earns National Career Award for Crayfish Research

October 21, 2019 Crayfish, crawfish, crawdads or mudbugs…whatever you call them these crustaceans are an important linchpin of the ecology of aquatic ecosystems. There are hundreds of species of crayfish worldwide, with the majority occurring in North America particularly in the southeastern USA. Unfortunately, little is known about the habitat requirements and population status of […]

Why Are Frequently Burned Pine Savannas Of Southern Mississippi So Diverse?

August 30, 2019 Fire-maintained pine savannas of the Coastal Plain of the southeastern US are recognized as having among the most species-rich communities of endemic plants in the world. At the most recent Ecological Society of America meetings in Louisville, Kentucky, Department of Biology Professor Stephen Brewer presented results of a four-year experiment that showed […]

Dr. Glenn Parsons Q&A with University of South Florida

August 20, 2019 The College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida has a Q&A with Dr. Glenn Parsons. Check it out here.

Investigating Plastics and Mercury in the Mississippi River.

August 14, 2019 Dr. James Cizdziel, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and member of the Center for Biodiversity & Conservation Research was awarded a $220,000 National Institute for Water Resources grant from the USGS to study microplastic pollution in the Mississippi River System. This is the first time that Mississippi has […]