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Project Ecuador saves species, opens world to Tulane students

Jordan Karubian has been conducting tropical research in northwest Ecuador since 2003, long before he... more

Tulane holds fifth annual Three Minute Thesis Competition Nov 26, 2019

Tulane’s Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies hosted its fifth annual Three Minute Thesis competition for PhD students on Thursday, November 7th in the Kendall-Cram Lecture Hall. The competition cultivates doctoral students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills and... more

Researchers identify new species of pocket shark Jul 18, 2019 Barri Bronston

A team of researchers, including two from Tulane University, has identified a new species of pocket shark, following careful study of a pocket shark that made international headlines in 2015 after it was brought to the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection at the Tulane University Biodiversity Research... more

Exceptional student, artist, Newcomb Scholar will be missed May 15, 2019 Laura D. Kelley

Margaret K. “Meg” Maurer of Forest Lake, Minnesota, a Newcomb Scholar and 2019 graduating senior, died in a tragic accident on March 5. The Tulane community mourns the loss of this truly exceptional person. Meg, an outstanding and dedicated student by any measure, was the recipient of numerous... more

Tulane professor flying high with new bird lecture series Jan 08, 2019 Barri Bronston

From the woodpecker and the parrot to the falcon and the dove, birds are among the most fascinating creatures on the planet. As Tulane biologist and birding expert Bruce Fleury says, “Birds are phenomenally interesting—and often extremely surprising—in their biology, physiology, aerodynamics and... more

Tulane study evaluates the status of brown pelicans along the Gulf Coast Dec 12, 2017 Roger Dunaway

Tulane University’s Karubian Lab has released a new five-year, two-part study on the populations of brown pelicans along the Gulf Coast. The work charts the birds’ ability to rebound from near extinction in the state of Louisiana as a result of storms and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.   The... more

Loss of wintering grounds hits a sad note for common songbird Nov 29, 2017 Barri Bronston

A Tulane University researcher who studies bird migration has found that a decline in the number of wood thrushes is probably due to deforestation in Central America, not to the loss and degrading of forest in the United States where the songbird breeds. The study by Caz Taylor, an associate... more

Is lead making birds more aggressive? Tulane researchers investigate Aug 15, 2017 Barri Bronston

Could mockingbirds, known for mimicking the sounds of other birds, also be mirroring the effects of lead exposure in humans? Tulane University researchers have received a grant from the Morris Animal Foundation to continue their study on this and other possible results of lead exposure in wildlife... more

Stamps scholarship offers cultural immersion experience Jul 27, 2017 Mary Sparacello

Tulane University senior Clare Lister didn’t spend much time in a typical classroom during her study abroad semester in Tanzania this spring. Instead, she went on safari to learn about wildlife conservation, to a homestay in a remote village to learn about Maasai culture and to a rainforest reserve... more

On the mighty Mississippi: Tulane University’s ByWater Institute Jan 25, 2017 Leslie Carde

Amble just a stone’s throw downriver of Mardi Gras World, upriver of the Crescent City Connection Bridge, on the East Bank of the mighty Mississippi River in New Orleans, and you’ll note a sleek, modernistic grey building with water-retention gardens in front. Within the interestingly patterned... more

Marsh grass defends the coast Jan 10, 2017 Benjamin Morris

The wetlands are critical to the survival of Louisiana’s coast. Serving as a front-line defense against hurricanes, floods and storm surges, the many species that line the coast have evolved to show resiliency in the face of natural and man-made hazards. Tulane researchers are seeking to understand... more