Sparrow during trial

Object Neophobia in Male House Sparrows

A fearful response towards new things (“neophobia”) partly determines whether animals will be to take advantage of new food sources and nesting sites and avoid novel dangers. Because humans have altered wildlife habitats worldwide, understanding more about why some individuals avoid and others interact with new things may be critical to understanding which animals will be able to live in novel urban and suburban habitats and which will not.

Seaside Sparrow

LSU Biologist Examines Animal Resilience to Stress

As humans continue to impact the environment, sometimes resulting in the destruction of wildlife and their habitats, LSU researcher Christine Lattin is studying why some animals fail to adapt while others thrive. Her goal is to better understand how animals, as well as humans, respond to stress.

Student photo

Urbanization Drives Global Plant Evolution

Humans re-shape the environments where they live, with cities being among the most profoundly transformed environments on Earth. New research now shows that these urban environments are altering the way life evolves.

Nichole Bauer Headshot

LSU Recognizes Six Outstanding Professors as ‘Rainmakers’

The LSU Office of Research & Economic Development, or ORED, has selected the six LSU faculty members, who are leaders in their respective fields, to receive the Rainmaker Award this year. Rainmakers are faculty members who balance their teaching and research responsibilities while extending the impact of their work to the world beyond academia.

LSU Professor Naohiro Kato

Beyond Biodegradable Mardi Gras Beads

LSU biologist develops solutions to reduce plastic in the environment