Topic: ecology



Thanks to a symbiotic fungus, many species of morning glories contain elements of powerful psychedelic drugs, according to a Tulane study published in the journal Communications Biology. The seeds of the common tropical vine, whose namesake trumpet-like blooms only open in the morning, contain compounds that could be useful for treating mental and physical diseases as well as promoting well-being, said plant and fungal biologist Keith Clay, chairman of the Tulane Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tom Sherry

Nature Works in Strange Ways

Thomas Sherry has helped build the cornerstones of a Tulane education that nurture tomorrow’s climate leadership. Recognizing the close relationship between the natural world and the well-being of humans, he pays particular attention to birds and their habitats.

Khoshakhlagh and Elaine Horn-Ranney at the Kennedy Space Center at the launch of the NASA SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship in December.

We’re on It

If there is an ecosystem that is threatened, a population in peril, a subject matter unexplored, a discovery yet to be made, a cure to be found — somebody at Tulane is working on it. That’s just what we do.


The Wonder of Birds

Bruce Fleury, a professor in Tulane’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has plenty to say about birds — so much so that he’s developed a 12-part lecture series that even the most novice bird-watcher will find both insightful and entertaining.

Satellite image shows the Mississippi River "bird's foot" Delta in Louisiana

Life and Survival on the Gulf Coast

During this era of rapid climate change and other environmental stresses, community ecologists are focused on understanding how the living world works, in all its complexity and diversity, as they find ways that species might thrive and land can be restored.