New Biology Chair Aims to Lift Program to New Heights

Sixue Chen brings focus on plant efficiency and desire to increase student opportunities

OXFORD, Miss. – Sixue Chen, an accomplished biological researcher and new chair of the Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi, plans to use agricultural research and outreach to elevate the program nationally. Chen, who specializes in systems biology of plant stress response, came to UM from the University of Florida, where he conductedRead the story …

Undergraduate Student Publishes Sleep Research Paper

UM senior studies correlation between brain anatomy and sleep duration

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi senior has published a scientific paper on one of the most essential human needs: sleep. Nicole Jones, a biology major in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, is investigating whether the size of the caudate nucleus, a structural component of the brain, can be linked to how longRead the story …

Biologist, Students Promote Research on Sustainable Ecotourism

Team leads workshop for international scientists, industry experts

OXFORD, Miss. – Ecotourism is a billion-dollar industry that gives travel enthusiasts an intimate look at the world’s most breathtaking natural environments. While ecotourism is often thought to be synonymous with sustainable travel, its recent growth in popularity could have a negative impact on local wildlife and ecosystems. “Many of us hope to one dayRead the story …

‘Leaders for Tomorrow’ Recipients Aim High at Ole Miss

Incoming freshmen awarded Annexstad Family Foundation scholarships

OXFORD, Miss. – Three students in the University of Mississippi‘s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College have been awarded scholarships from the Annexstad Family Foundation. The foundation awards three Leaders for Tomorrow National Scholarships each year to Ole Miss students who have exhibited leadership in their schools or communities, said John Samonds, associate dean of theRead the story …

Exploring Biology Beyond the Classroom

Off-campus courses give students hands-on opportunities in biodiversity locations

OXFORD, Miss. – Biological science students at the University of Mississippi are broadening their horizons by taking classes in the Caribbean, Hawaii and Arizona, taught by professors Brice Noonan, Erik Hom and Jason Hoeksema. “The Department of Biology is fortunate to have a number of off-campus opportunities that allow students to explore such varied topicsRead the story …

Biologist Explores Nutrient Removal in Mississippi River Backwaters

Findings could have impact on Gulf of Mexico 'Dead Zone'

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi biologist is working to understand how the Mississippi River’s floodplain lakes and wetlands, or “backwaters,” might help remove nutrients that contribute to Gulf of Mexico hypoxia, or as it’s more commonly known, the “Dead Zone.” With funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, biology professor Cliff OchsRead the story …

Biologist Helps Unlock Secrets of Galapagos Tortoises

Ryan C. Garrick publishes results of DNA comparisons in the journal Heredity

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi professor’s comparisons between two lineages of Galapagos tortoises is yielding new insights into the evolution of the ancient species, as well as opening new doors for biologists to study evolution. Ryan C. Garrick, associate professor of biology, co-authored a paper on “A new lineage of Galapagos giant tortoisesRead the story …

Delta Conservation Topic for Hybrid Oxford Science Cafe

Biologist Jason Hoeksema to discuss balancing wetland preservation with agricultural needs

OXFORD, Miss. – Conservation in the Mississippi Delta is the topic for a hybrid Oxford Science Cafe featuring a University of Mississippi biology professor who is studying ways to square the need for agricultural land with the benefits of maintaining wetland habitats. The program will be held in person Tuesday (April 19) at Heartbreak Coffee,Read the story …

The University Is Part of the Family

Four Goulet siblings and two parents spend time together at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – Yazmin Goulet’s transcript shows she stayed at the University of Mississippi an extra semester to add a minor to her already impressive resume, but the real reason is this: It’s not every day you get to go to college with three of your siblings. “It’s like the university is part of ourRead the story …

Biologist Talks Science on CBS’s ‘Mission Unstoppable’

IF/THEN ambassadorship gives Goulet national platform to encourage young women

OXFORD, Miss. – Tamar L. Goulet loves sharing her passion for the sciences with anyone who will listen, especially young women interested in pursuing a career in the male-dominated field. This weekend, the University of Mississippi biology professor will have a national audience as she takes CBS’s “Mission Unstoppable” into the field to learn aboutRead the story …