August 31, 2020
A Strange New (Academic) Year
Lots of things have changed since our last update. The LagoLab had a Zoom-filled, but productive summer 2020, capped off by successful virtual Botany 2020 presentations! Check out a poster of our talks here (and if you went to Botany, make sure to catch their recordings by the end of July 2021, when they disappear!). (Thanks to Lauren for designing it!)
February 7, 2020
It was a banner week in LagoLab outreach out of the LSU herbarium! We installed a permanent display case and the first of what we hope to be many, many rotating exhibits. LagoLab members took the reigns on their second annual LSUMNS Night at the Museum, Herbarium Edition. They focused on life cycles of plants. Laymon and Janet showed off pollination syndromes, Diego discussed the intricacies of fruits, and Laura gave a stunning talk to wrap all the themes together. Good job, team!
August 7, 2019
The LagoLab was busy attending our favorite conferences this summer!
At Evolution 2019 in Providence, RI, Laura L. gave an invited talk in an SSE symposium on Integrating Ecological Interactions into Macroevolution (YouTube link) and former undergraduate Lauren Frankel presented a poster titled, "The promises and pitfalls of herbarium phylogenomics: A case study in a Neotropical plant radiation" (top photo at right).
At Botany 2019 in Tucson, AZ, Laura L. presented a poster on ongoing NSF-funded herbarium integration at LSU, postdoc Laura Frost gave TWO talks (one on her dissertation research on Citharexylum and a second on her current work in Freziera, middle photo at right), incoming graduate student Laymon Ball presented a poster on her undergraduate research into the reproductive biology of Justicia californica, and grad student Janet Mansaray was a mentor in the PLANTS program (the same program in which she was an mentee as an undergraduate!).
We are located at:
A257 Life Sciences Annex (office and herbarium)
A303 Life Sciences Annex (lab)
Louisiana State University