Louisiana State University

LSU Science Café: A Fish Named Burt—Telling the Story of Fish Communication

Join us for a hybrid live and online LSU Science Café with a faculty researcher.

About this event

LSU Department of Biological Sciences Associate Professor Karen Maruska studies how animals communicate and how the social environment influences behavior, brain function and reproductive capacity. Her study species is the African cichlid fish, or Astatotilapia burtoni, and much of her current work is focused on how this fish uses visual, acoustic, and chemosensory signaling during reproductive and aggressive behaviors. Dr. Maruska is also an advisor for and contributor to Burt’s Blog created by her former Ph.D. student, Julie Butler, and a new comic book created by her current Ph.D. student, Rose Wayne, where you can read all about the fascinating research discoveries made in The Maruska Lab.

About the Speaker

Karen Maruska is an associate professor in the LSU Department of Biological Sciences. She graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire, received her M.S. degree at Florida Tech, and Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii. She was awarded a Grass Fellowship in Neuroscience at the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole and was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University. Her research has used fishes as vertebrate models to study how sensory systems function, how hormones influence sensory processing, and more.


LSU Science Café is presented in partnership with WRKF.

Image Credit: Karen Maruska, LSU

Registration & Attendance Information

The event is open to the public and advance registration through Eventbrite is required.

If you are attending in-person, please print your registration ticket or have it available on your electronic device upon arrival. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Event begins at 6:00 PM. The address will be listed on your order confirmation email.

If you are attending virtually, access to the live event will be available through the Eventbrite online event page. Your registration confirmation email will provide a button that links to the event page, followed by reminder emails prior to the event. Please check your "clutter" or "junk" box if you do not receive your email reminders.

The live event will be closed captioned, and a recording of the webinar will be made available on the LSU Research YouTube channel shortly after the event.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public, Staff







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