The Department of Biological Sciences is home to several research laboratories. Laboratory work ranges from the molecular to the organismal scale. Check out the individual labs below:
Bayousphere Research Laboratory – The Bayousphere Research Lab has its roots in fisheries but has expanded into coastal restoration. A large part of our fisheries research involves fish ecology within the upper Barataria Estuary. We use the Nicholls Farm to cultivate several species of plants that are used for restoration activities.
IDEAL Laboratory – The Immunology and Infectious Diseases Laboratory remains active working with bacterial pathogens.
Wetlands and Wildlife Laboratory – The Wetlands and Wildlife Laboratory focuses on functions and processes that are critical to wetland ecosystems, how these systems have been altered by human activities and how they can be restored or conserved. We also focus on wildlife species that depend on these wetland systems and their habitat needs.
Environmental Toxicology/Physiology Laboratory – Equipped with a suite of state of the art equipment, investigates the adverse effects of environmental contaminants on physiology, particularly the hormonally regulated processes in aquatic invertebrates, at organismal, cellular and molecular levels.
Environmental and Public Health Microbiology Laboratory – The Environmental and Public Health Microbiology Laboratory focuses on seafood safety and assessment, and post harvest treatments of Vibrio species in raw oysters. We also evaluate the impacts of human sewage contamination on oysters and oyster growing waters, and the impacts of Vibrio pathogens on shrimp in aquaculture. We study oyster growing areas impacted by coastal restoration efforts (fresh water diversions), natural disasters (hurricanes), and man-made disasters (oil spills). We conduct Microbial Source Tracking (MST) using standard fecal coliform indicators, and fluorometric and molecular markers of human sewage in freshwater aquatic environments which are deemed a public health concern by EPA and/or LDEQ.