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 …

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 …