Helping Crops Combat Climate Change

UM researcher explores effects of climate change on plant growth

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi biology professor’s research that examines challenges facing crop productivity caused by global climate change is attracting attention. Yongjian Qiu, an assistant professor of biology, is studying a plant gene that could help solve a problem caused by warming global temperatures in which a plant stem grows too fast,Read the story …

Biologist Publishes Breakthrough Study

Lainy Day's research advances the study of avian evolution

OXFORD, Miss. – Lainy Day, an associate professor of biology at the University of Mississippi and director of the university’s neuroscience minor, has published an article in Nature, an international journal that publishes the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology. Part of an international team, Day has helped unlock essential new information aboutRead the story …

Biologists Developing Mobile App for Coastal Marine Assessment

Glenn Parsons and Richard Buchholz lead new Gulf of Mexico Citizen Scientist Initiative

OXFORD, Miss. – In the age of crowdfunding and viral media, two University of Mississippi biologists are developing a mobile phone app that will allow “citizen scientists” to conduct marine assessments on the north central Gulf of Mexico. Professors Glenn Parsons and Richard Buchholz have partnered to create a Mobile App for Marine Assessment asRead the story …

UM-Grown Bacteria Conquer the Final Frontier

Microbial growth in space research being conducted aboard International Space Station

OXFORD, Miss. – Bacteria grown in a University of Mississippi laboratory are zipping around the Earth about every 90 minutes, racing roughly 250 miles above the planet aboard the International Space Station. The microbes are part of UM biologist Patrick Curtis’ research that aims to better understand how bacteria respond in weak gravity, which couldRead the story …

Co-invasion of the Plants and Fungi

UM biologists examine consequences of non-native tag teams on biodiversity, ecosystems

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi biology professors are using a National Science Foundation award to expand their research into the phenomena of co-invasions between plants and fungi. The National Science Foundation project is focused on how plants and fungi ease each other’s invasions of non-native habitats and hopes to better understand the consequencesRead the story …

‘If She Can See It, She Can Be It’

UM biologist's statue to be used in exhibit encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers

OXFORD, Miss. – Tamar Goulet, a biology professor at the University of Mississippi, is having her body 3D-printed as a statue for a massive display of more than 125 successful women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in hopes of encouraging girls to consider STEM careers. Last year, Goulet became one of 125 female ambassadorsRead the story …

Expert on Viruses Unpacks COVID-19 for Nonscientists

Why is this novel coronavirus causing a global pandemic?

OXFORD, Miss. – Wayne Gray, a virologist in the University of Mississippi Department of Biology with more than 40 years’ experience studying viruses, is offering some insights that may help the public understand the COVID-19 pandemic. A researcher at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine for 37 years, he came to Ole Miss in 2014Read the story …

Food for Thought Aplenty During UM Brain Awareness Month

Neuroscience research poster showcase, keynote address and Science Cafe among scheduled events

Editor’s note: In response to the rapidly evolving situation with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), all university-sponsored events have been canceled or postponed until further notice. Please visit communications.olemiss.edu/coronavirus for continued updates from the university. OXFORD, Miss. – Connections between the human brain and the immune system is the theme for upcoming Brain Awareness Month observances, set forRead the story …

Evolution in Real Time Topic of February Oxford Science Cafe

UM biologist Peter Zee to discuss evolutionary biology and microorganisms

OXFORD, Miss. – How to study evolutionary processes in real time is the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy. The spring semester’s first meeting of the Oxford Science Cafe is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 18) at Uptown Coffee, 265 North LamarRead the story …

Mere Minnow Gives Mighty Medical Insights

Developmental biologist Joshua Bloomekatz uses zebrafish to probe origins of heart cells

OXFORD, Miss. – If you want to understand a fundamental mystery of life, look no further than a 2-inch fish. Using zebrafish, a freshwater breed that’s in the minnow family, to understand how hearts develop in embryos, University of Mississippi biologist Joshua Bloomekatz is breaking new ground. His research focuses on the formation of twoRead the story …