Consider the Amphibian

UM biologist part of institute studying species' resiliency against disease

OXFORD, Miss. – Humans have a lot to learn from amphibians. This class of animals – frogs, salamanders and caecilians – has been decimated by the emergence of new infectious diseases, along with human-caused damage to their ecosystems. Yet, some species have bounced back, and researchers are wondering if there’s a lesson for humanity inRead the story …

Bird Courtship Rituals Topic for Virtual Science Cafe

Neuroscience professor to discuss manakin study during Sept. 21 Zoom event

OXFORD, Miss. – The acrobatic courtship rituals among Central and South American birds is the topic for a virtual Oxford Science Cafe scheduled for Tuesday (Sept. 21) by a University of Mississippi biologist. The program will be hosted on Zoom beginning at 6 p.m. Lainy Day, associate professor of biology and director of the neuroscienceRead the story …

University Community Remembers Luther August Knight Jr.

Beloved biology professor helped establish UM Field Station, conducted groundbreaking research

OXFORD, Miss. – Family and members of the University of Mississippi community are fondly recalling memories of the late Luther Augustus Knight Jr., a beloved retired biology professor whose noteworthy achievements included helping establish the university’s renowned Field Station. Knight, 90, died Aug. 23 at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley. Services were Aug. 26Read the story …

Helping Farms be in Harmony with Nature

EPA grant involves researchers, Mississippi Delta farmers exploring agricultural runoff water

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi professor is using an Environmental Protection Agency grant to explore the potential benefits of holding runoff water on agricultural landscapes after crops are harvested. The move could reduce the pollution of downstream waterways, improve soil health and crop yields, provide crucial food and habitat for migratory birds, reduce pumpingRead the story …

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 …