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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 […]

Pearl River Boaters Impact Endangered Turtle

Pearl River Boaters Impact Endangered Turtle May 23, 2019 Wildlife generally flee from approaching humans, choosing to conduct their business where they are undisturbed by our presence. Ole Miss researchers have demonstrated that human disturbance of basking behavior in the ringed sawback turtle (Graptemys oculifera) may at times be harmful to the recovery of this […]

Saving marine life one shopping bag at a time

Ole Miss Conservation Biology Students and members of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Research at the University of Mississippi  provided complimentary reusable shopping bags to Kroger customers. Why? Plastics in the world’s oceans.  Scientists are alarmed at the amount of waste plastics that find their way into our landfills, waterways, and oceans each year. […]

Discovery: Why Root Fungi Help Some Plants and Not Others

APRIL 24, 2019 Biology professors Jason Hoeksema and Peter Zee, along with 19 other co-authors from five countries (including former Biology post-doc Megan Rua and former Biology PhD student Bridget Piculell) recently published a paper in the journal Communications Biology that resulted from a 15-year collaboration. The group was trying to understand why plants sometimes […]

Ryan Garrick (left), UM associate professor of biology, and Colin Jackson, professor of biology and associate chair for graduate studies, are recipients of a National Science Foundation award to explore the Earth’s biodiversity. Photo by Kevin Bain

Biology Professors Receive NSF Award to Study Biodiversity

Funds support research into ecological, evolutionary processes OCTOBER 25, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Two University of Mississippi biology professors have received a National Science Foundation award for nearly $800,000 to explore interactions between microorganisms and freshwater mussels in an effort to better understand the Earth’s biodiversity, focusing on how ecosystems function. Colin Jackson, professor of biology, is principal […]

Professor, Student Work Published in Scientific Journal

 A review of strategies animals might use to survive climate change featured in Animal Behaviour MARCH 14, 2019 Dr. Richard Buchholz, associate professor of biology and associate director of the Center for Biodiversity & Conservation Research, and graduate students in his Topics in Ecology and Evolution course, completed a literature review that appears in the […]