You've probably seen red blood before. You may have even seen blue or purple blood. 
But have you ever seen green blood?

Researchers at LSU recently discovered a group of lizards in New Guinea that have lime-green blood. Prasinohaema are green-blooded skinks, a type of lizard, that somehow thrive with what would be toxic human levels of biliverdin, a green bile pigment. We humans do have some biliverdin in our blood, but these lizards have levels of biliverdin 40 times higher than those in humans.

Zachary Rodriguez, a doctoral candidate in the LSU Department of Biological Sciences, and his major professor Chris Austin, professor of biological sciences and head curator of amphibians and reptiles at the LSU Museum of Natural Science, have been  leading research on these unusual lizards and how their green blood may offer cues for treatment of infectious diseases such as malaria in humans . Read more.


LSU Holds 295th Commencement Exercise
This spring, 365 College of Science students officially earned their Tiger stripes as newly minted LSU graduates. The college awarded 320 undergraduate degrees, 19 master's degrees, 22 PhDs, and four graduate certifications during its spring diploma ceremony on May 11. Of the 320 bachelor's degrees awarded by the college, 117 earned Latin Honors, 27 earned the University Medal, the highest academic achievement awarded to graduates with the highest grade point average, and 17 college honors. Rainer Weiss, 2017 Nobel Laureate in Physics, MIT Physics Professor Emeritus and LSU adjunct professor in physics and astronomy, served as the keynote speaker for the College of Science diploma ceremony. 
Read: Another Record-Breaking Class of Graduates at LSU |  Watch: LSU College of Science Ceremony

Dean Peterson Named One of the 2018 Top Influential Women in Business
Cynthia Peterson, dean of the LSU College of Science and Seola Arnaud and Richard Vernon Edwards Jr. Professor, has been named among the city's top Influential Women in Business by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. She joins nine other Capital Region women who will be recognized at the 2018 Influential Women in Business Awards luncheon June 6 at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge.  Read more.
Dr. Tabetha Boyajian Featured on PBS's series NOVA
PBS has launched a  "NOVA Wonders" series that discusses how far scientist have come to understand the world around us, from the depths of outer space to the inner workings of human bodies. The latest episode in the series featured LSU's own  Tabetha Boyjian. The program delves into the biggest question scientists have as they make discoveries deeper and deeper into the universe:  "Are We Alone?" The program will also discuss what it would mean if, in fact, there is life elsewhere in the cosmos.   Watch the series here.

College of Science Salutes 2018 Hall of Distinction Honorees
The LSU College of Science inducted five new members into its  Hall of Distinction  on Friday, April 20. This year's honorees included field ornithologist Ted Parker, distinguished College of Science alumni H. Dupont Durst and James Lange, Boyd Professor Emeritus Robert O'Connell, and Professor Emeritus Ronald Siebeling. Learn more about our honorees and view photos from the celebration.


Some of our newest College of Science alumni reflect on their college experience and prepare for life beyond the gates of LSU. Join Jesus, Brea, Jimmy, Gus, Veronica, Benjamin, and Zachary as they share their favorite LSU memories, passion for science, and plans for the future! Read more.

Connor Matherne is an accomplished astrophotographer! His work has been featured by the 
European Space Agency (ESA) and the websites  AstroBin and  Amateur Astrophotography. His images were also published in The Astrophotographer's Guidebook: A Complete Guide to the Best Astrophotography Targets of the Year. Connor is a graduate student in the  Department of Geology & Geophysics  as well as an undergraduate alum of the department.
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Support Research  and Scholarship at LSU
Join the LSU College of Science  Dean's Circle
The Dean's Circle (DC) is a loyal group of alumni and friends who share a passion for advancing research and scholarship at LSU. To join online, go to 

The LSU College of Science welcomes the newest members of the Dean's Circle.
Thank you for supporting research and scholarship at LSU!
  • Mr. Jason C. Guerin
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ashely T. Madray, Jr.
  • Dr. Ellen D. Oliver Smith

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