LSUA Department of Biological Sciences

LSUA Department of Biological Sciences Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) Department of Biological Sciences

05/24/2019

We received notification today that there have been some Agriculture Specialist Positions posted on the LA Careers website. These are in Orleans, Caddo and Franklin Parishes. A BS Biology qualifies you for these positions. Please check out the LA Careers website if interested. If you still need additional information, please message us through this site or contact Dr. Corbat as she has an email and phone # for a person who has more details.

05/11/2019

Congratulations to the May 2019 graduates in Biological Sciences!

Congratulations to our ten May 2019 graduates!  We will miss all of you.
05/11/2019

Congratulations to our ten May 2019 graduates! We will miss all of you.

Congratulations to Saije Cousin, a junior biology major who was crowned Ms. LSUA 2019 this past weekend.  Saije is from ...
05/01/2019

Congratulations to Saije Cousin, a junior biology major who was crowned Ms. LSUA 2019 this past weekend. Saije is from Slidell and is in the Pre-professional concentration in Biology. She is also a member of the LSUA Ambassadors and the Black Organization for Leadership and Success.

04/28/2019

After many years of teaching at LSUA, Ms. Anne Chevalier is retiring at the end of this semester. We are compiling a collection of notes and retirement wishes from current and former students. If you would like to write a note, card, or letter to let her know the impact she had on your learning, or you just want to wish her a happy retirement, please send to Dr. Corbat's lsua email or inbox on Facebook or drop it by the Biology office by May 5th.

THIS IS A SURPRISE, so please don't say anything to her. She's not on FB.

04/27/2019

If any previous graduates or currently graduating seniors are looking for jobs, there are some jobs opening in state government, specifically as sanitarians with LA Dept of Health and with LA Dept of Agriculture and Forestry as Agricultural Specialists. The BS Biology qualifies you for these positions.

Anyone interested please contact Dr. Corbat for more information or go to https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/louisiana .

Congratulations to all the Biology students who presented their research at ScholarDay this week.  Special recognition a...
04/27/2019

Congratulations to all the Biology students who presented their research at ScholarDay this week. Special recognition also goes to Avrie Martello who received the "Best-In-Discipline" medal. We are proud of you all.

Got a reminder today of the wisdom of making students wear snake gaiters while doing field work.  A student walked right...
04/15/2019

Got a reminder today of the wisdom of making students wear snake gaiters while doing field work. A student walked right over this cottonmouth, who got a little annoyed by being jostled.

03/20/2019

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan Sammons who won the Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence tonight! This is LSUA's highest honor in recognition of outstanding teaching. As anyone who has taken his classes can attest, this reward is well deserved.

Congratulations to student Avrie Martello and December graduate Joshua Faulkner for winning the awards for best undergra...
03/19/2019

Congratulations to student Avrie Martello and December graduate Joshua Faulkner for winning the awards for best undergraduate poster presentation in their respective categories at the Louisiana Academy of Sciences Meeting this past Saturday. Avrie's poster, titled "Comparison of Three DNA Extraction Methods for Biological Barcoding", was co-authored by students Brett Lambert and Jacob Cutler, graduate Clifton Johnston, and their mentor, Dr. Christof Stumpf. Avrie presented in the Zoology and Botany category. Josh's poster, co-authored with mentor Dr. Carol Corbat, was on a "New Technique for Increased Individual Recognition of Small Mammals with Camera Trapping." He competed in the Agriculture, Forestry, Wildlife and Environmental Sciences category. December graduate Kimberly Nijoka also had a poster in that category with her mentor, Dr. Corbat on "Use of fluorescent powder to track snakes in a bottomland hardwood forest." Kim's poster was not entered into competition because she is currently working in Nevada and was unable to be present at the meeting.

03/14/2019

We have a student and faculty member doing a study on a particular parasite with eggs that can be found in raccoon feces. They are comparing urban and rural areas. If you live in an urban or suburban area and know where they can collect some raccoon feces, please message us.

Lots of internship and job opportunity announcements at this time of year.  Here's one from Oak Ridge National Labs.
02/19/2019

Lots of internship and job opportunity announcements at this time of year. Here's one from Oak Ridge National Labs.

02/16/2019

Congratulations to faculty members Dr. Zeleke Negatu and Dr. Christof Stumpf, who were promoted to Professor, and to Dr. Nathan Sammons, who was promoted to Associate Professor and tenured. All promotions are effective with the next academic year.

02/05/2019
Our first event for this semester is this Friday, so stop by and get treats at each table.  Please meet at noon in Lab 1...
01/30/2019

Our first event for this semester is this Friday, so stop by and get treats at each table. Please meet at noon in Lab 111 for a few directions on how this will work. Some tables will have games and prizes in addition to treats.

Requires the ability to drive a 4WD vehicle on unpaved roads in remote areas.
12/19/2018
Crew Leader: Vegetation Monitoring (AIM) | Various Locations, NM

Requires the ability to drive a 4WD vehicle on unpaved roads in remote areas.

Dec 14 - Conservation Legacy(Bureau of Land Management) hiring Crew Leader: Vegetation Monitoring (AIM) in Various Locations, New Mexico on Conservation Job Board. Discover the latest conservation jobs and internships

12/14/2018

One of our alums was kind enough to pass on some information about Pathways openings in this area. Pathways is a program for students to work for federal agencies and gain experience and training necessary to be considered for employment when they complete degrees. It's a great way to get started if you are interested in employment with a federal agency such as USFS, USDA, etc. See below for more info. Deadline is approaching.

The Pathways announcements has been uploaded to USAjobs. The announcement appears different because all USDA agencies’ vacancies are being posted together. Louisiana will be hiring for certain grades and locations - not for all of the grades and locations listed in the announcements.

NOTE: The announcements include cutoff dates for applications. Even though the announcements are opened through January 18, 2018, applications will be pulled at selected times to begin filling the vacancies. The first cut off date is December9, 2018.

STUDENT TRAINEE (BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE)
USDA/NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE

Open & closing dates: 12/03/2018 to 01/18/2019
Salary: $26,587 to $38,798 per year (includes locality)
Pay scale & grade: GS-3-4
Series: GS-0499
Appointment type: Excepted Appoitment NTE 6 months with extension options
Job announcement number: ONEUSDA-19-0499-S
Multiple Locations: You will see counties and cities listed under locations: There are only four (4) vacancy locations to be filled through this announcement for Louisiana. They are:

Ouachita County-----------Monroe, LA
Rapides County------------ Alexandria, LA
Livingston County--------- Denham Springs, LA
Avoyelles County----------Marksville, LA

Refer to the vacancy announcement at usajobs for detailed information and how to apply.

STUDENT TRAINEE (BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE)
USDA/NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE

Open & closing dates: 12/03/2018 to 01/18/2019
Salary: $26,587 to $38,798 per year (includes locality)
Pay scale & grade: GS-3-4
Series: GS-0499
Appointment type: Excepted Appoitment NTE 6 months with extension options
Job announcement number: ONEUSDA-19-1199-S
Multiple Locations: You will see counties and cities listed under locations: There are only four (4) vacancy locations to be filled through this announcement for Louisiana. They are:

Grant County----------------------Colfax, LA
Beauregard County--------------DeRidder, LA
St. Landry County----------------Opelousas, LA
Madison County-----------------Tallulah, LA

Refer to the vacancy announcement at usajobs for detailed information and how to apply.

The Department of Biological Sciences congratulates its December 2018 graduates - Dalton Davis, Joshua Faulkner, Brandon...
12/13/2018

The Department of Biological Sciences congratulates its December 2018 graduates - Dalton Davis, Joshua Faulkner, Brandon Hobbs, Sarah Looper, and Kimberly Nijoka. We will miss all of you, but we are proud of you and know you will have bright futures.

Internship opportunity on Nantucket Island for someone interested in biodiversity and collections.
12/08/2018
Natural Science Museum Internship Summer 2019 | Nantucket, MA

Internship opportunity on Nantucket Island for someone interested in biodiversity and collections.

Dec 04 - Maria Mitchell Association hiring Natural Science Museum Internship Summer 2019 in Nantucket, Massachusetts on Conservation Job Board. Discover the latest conservation jobs and internships

LSU Alexandria
12/07/2018

LSU Alexandria

Undergraduate research presentations in biology took place on campus this week. Jacob Cutler was one of five students that completed the oral presentation portion of the UGR class. LSUA Department of Biological Sciences

12/03/2018

The Department of Biological Sciences congratulates current student Vibhuti Luther and alumna Aden Ardoin on being accepted into Dental School at LSUHSC New Orleans! We are very proud of both of you and know you will do well!

12/01/2018

The Department of Biological Sciences invites all Biology majors and alums to our annual Holiday Luncheon and Finals Food on Monday December 3rd. Faculty will be providing food. This will be from 11-1 in SCI 107. Drop in anytime between finals. This is substantial food, not just snacks. Please stop by and join us. Food contributions are welcome too...drop them off at SCI 107 that morning.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries - Whooping Cranes
12/01/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries - Whooping Cranes

General population update! Maximum size of the Louisiana non-migratory population of Whooping Cranes currently stands at 63 individuals (28 males, 33 females and 2 unknown). Distribution includes 54 cranes in Louisiana, 8 in Texas and 1 in Arkansas. The twelve juveniles that are currently at the Rockefeller release pen will be added to the total after release.

Photo: Pair L2-12 & L12-14 with male L26-16 and yearlings LW3-17, L8-17, L12-17, L13-17, L17-17, L19-17, L20-17 & L21-17 in Vermilion Parish, 26 November.

A huge thank you to the LSUA Foundation for our first real field vehicles for the department !
11/27/2018

A huge thank you to the LSUA Foundation for our first real field vehicles for the department !

Congratulations to Dr. Carol Corbat and the Department of Biological Sciences on their new rides! The SUV and the UTV will both be used for scientific field trips throughout Louisiana and neighboring states.
This was made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Mulder estate and the LSUA Foundation was able to make this gift a reality.

US Fish & Wildlife Service is about to open some jobs.  I wasn't able to figure out how to post the whole document, so p...
11/19/2018

US Fish & Wildlife Service is about to open some jobs. I wasn't able to figure out how to post the whole document, so please email Dr. Corbat if you would like a copy.

The prettiest fall colors on campus are at the Science Pond.
11/18/2018

The prettiest fall colors on campus are at the Science Pond.

Our second Halloween Escape Room was a lot of fun, even though once again, no one escaped.  Feel free to tag yourselves ...
10/27/2018

Our second Halloween Escape Room was a lot of fun, even though once again, no one escaped. Feel free to tag yourselves in photos.

Don't forget to register your team by emailing a list of your participants to:  nsammons@lsua.edu
10/16/2018

Don't forget to register your team by emailing a list of your participants to: [email protected]

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry is seeking qualified applicants for an Agricultural Environmental Spe...
09/23/2018
Find a Job! | State of Louisiana Current Job Opportunities

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry is seeking qualified applicants for an Agricultural Environmental Specialist I, II, III position. All qualified applicants interested in a career opportunity in the inspection, compliance assistance and regulation of agriculture pesticide, seed, fertilizer and horticulture green industries are encouraged to apply. The position is domiciled in Pointe Coupee Parish but will be required to perform work duties in Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes.

Interested applicants should contact Kiara Moore by e-mail [email protected] or by telephone at (225) 952-8096.

The position is posted on the LA Careers website. For more information, go to: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/louisiana?department[0]=DAF-Agriculture%20and%20Forestry&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending

It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. Resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of a completed application.  Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their applications to determine where...

09/14/2018

Our Halloween Escape Room will be on October 26th this year. Get your teams together! Any alums who would like to participate on a team, we can definitely use you. Message us here or email Dr. Sammons or Dr. Corbat.

09/12/2018

BSO Meeting today at 12:15 in SCI 212. Bring your lunch if you need to eat at that time.

Welcome Back Fall 2018
08/31/2018

Welcome Back Fall 2018

08/27/2018

The Department of Biological Sciences is having our fall welcome back event this Thursday from 4-6 on the patio near the Science Pond. All science majors are invited. Alums are always welcome to stop by. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided.

Audubon Zoo is currently seeking enthusiastic, herpetology-driven candidates for two different internship programs. One ...
08/18/2018
Jobs | Association of Zoos and Aquariums - Herpetological Research Intern - Zoo

Audubon Zoo is currently seeking enthusiastic, herpetology-driven candidates for two different internship programs. One is husbandry-based and geared towards individuals seeking to pursue a career in zoo keeping; the other is research-based and geared towards individuals looking to pursue graduate studies and/or a career in herpetological research.
https://www.aza.org/jobs?job=11996
https://www.aza.org/jobs?job=11995
Please share with anyone that may be interested!

Congratulations to LSUA alum Clint Perkins on his co-authorship on this paper in the Journal of Mammalogy.  Clint was a ...
08/14/2018
Genetic variation in the eastern spotted skunk ( Spilogale putorius ) with emphasis on the plains spotted skunk ( S. p. interrupta ) | Journal of Mammalogy | Oxford Academic

Congratulations to LSUA alum Clint Perkins on his co-authorship on this paper in the Journal of Mammalogy. Clint was a December 2011 grad who is now just beginning a doctoral program at Texas Tech.

Abstract. We assessed the genetic variability of the eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius) throughout the range of the species, with an emphasis on the po

06/12/2018

Bones Glorioso posted this job on the LARE page. This would be a fun first job.

We will be hiring at least one student contractor very soon to work with me at the USGS in Lafayette on various amphibian and reptile projects. The contractor would need to be available full time and have graduated with an undergraduate degree within the last 12 months. If you fit the bill and may be interested email me at [email protected] ASAP for more details.

There is an entry-level biological tech, 1-year position, open near Monroe with USFWS.  Details at https://www.usajobs.g...
06/12/2018
Biological Science Technician

There is an entry-level biological tech, 1-year position, open near Monroe with USFWS. Details at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/502028700

The position is located at the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe, Louisiana. As a Biological Science Technician (YCC Group Leader) you will be responsible for serving as the team leader for the group of Youth Conservation Corps employees, ensuring a safe operating environment for t...

06/05/2018
Woodworth Shooting Range

Woodworth Shooting Range

HELP WANTED:
Woodworth Education Facility and Shooting Range is looking for a student worker.
Job Qualifications:
1. Full Time Student at a University
2. Able to work weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and any other day(s) during the week up to 30hrs during school 40hrs during break.
3. Knowledge of equipment and tools such as John Deer tractor, chainsaw, various power tools and saws, etc.
4. Public relations- this position deals directly with supervising the public and answering questions.
5. Must be comfortable around Firearms (hearing and eye protection provided)

If you or someone you know is interested in applying stop by
661 Robinson Bridge Rd
Woodworth LA, 71485
or email me at [email protected] for an application.

A few more photos from graduation and the pre-graduation dinner.
05/15/2018

A few more photos from graduation and the pre-graduation dinner.

Louisiana Wildlife Federation
05/15/2018

Louisiana Wildlife Federation

Know a student passionate about conservation? Students that will be high school seniors or college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors during the 2018-2019 academic year are eligible to apply for Louisiana Wildlife Federation’s (LWF) new Edgar Vellion - Conservation Leadership Corps (EV-CLC), a training program to develop leadership skills and techniques to analyze and develop conservation policies. Visit lawildlifefed.org for more information and to apply. Deadline: May 31, 2018

Congratulations to our May 2018 graduates!
05/10/2018

Congratulations to our May 2018 graduates!

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