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Biology Chair presents lecture on mammals to Orleans Audubon Society

Loyola press release - November 6, 2007

(New Orleans)—Craig S. Hood, Ph.D., professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, will present a lecture at the fall meeting of the Orleans Audubon Society entitled, “Discovering the mammals of Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve,” on November 13th, to be held in Monroe Hall, Room 157, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Hood and Loyola University New Orleans biology undergraduate researchers have devoted over three years to investigating the mammals inhabiting the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Their research group has documented the presence of 29 species at the park, including bats, native and introduced rodents, armadillos, rabbits, carnivores and deer. Hood's presentation will illustrate the mammal species discovered, describe the methods by which field biologists conduct their studies, and discuss the historical and ecological factors that have shaped the natural history of the region.

. Hood considers himself to be an ecological and evolutionary biologist in the broadest sense of the word. His interests span many aspects of organismal biology, including the phylogeny, cytogenetics, reproduction, and feeding in mammals, especially bats. His current studies focus on body shape evolution in freshwater fish (minnows and darters) and in mammals.

For more information, please contact Dr. Craig Hood, at chood@loyno.edu or (504) 865-2193.