Assistant Professor of Biology and Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim‘s Spinosaurus discovery was ranked in the Nature Index article, “The 5 most popular scientific papers of April 2020,” July 2. Read the full article online.

Students see dividends in phage hunting

Alex Jackman and Andrea Sandoval say their undergraduate careers were completely reshaped by SEA-PHAGES. SEA-PHAGES sparked Laila Sareini’s passion for science and research, and showed Amber Abram she belonged in the scientific community despite her disadvantaged background. SEA-PHAGES, which stands for Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science, …

Detroit Mercy professor follows a hunch, and rewrites history of dinosaurs

Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim can recall the exact moment when he realized following a hunch had paid off with a remarkable discovery. The Detroit Mercy Assistant Professor of Biology, TED Fellow, and National Geographic Explorer had returned to the dig site in the Sahara Desert where he originally discovered Spinosaurus fossils …

Associate Professor of Biology Rachelle Belanger has been nominated as candidate for Chair of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology: Division of Neurobiology, Neuroethology, and Sensory Biology (SICB-DNNSB). The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) is one of the largest and most prestigious professional associations of its kind. …

Ibrahim helps discover new species of flying reptile from 100 million years ago

An international team of paleontologists, including University of Detroit Mercy’s Nizar Ibrahim, has described a new species of flying reptile (pterosaur), which flew over North Africa 100 million years ago during the time of the dinosaurs. The new species belongs to a bizarre group of pterosaurs called Tapejarids and it …

Discovery shows community of flying reptiles inhabited the Sahara 100 million years ago

University of Detroit Mercy’s Nizar Ibrahim was part of an international team of scientists, led by Baylor University’s Megan Jacobs and including researchers from England and Morocco, that identified three new species of toothed pterosaurs. The pterosaurs were part of an ancient river ecosystem in Africa that was full of …

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Katherine Lanigan served as program chair for the Annual ANACHEM Symposium, Nov. 7, 2019. This regional conference highlights analytical chemists and has contributors from many universities as well as scientists from the industry.

Students engage in groundbreaking research on herbicide chemical

Detroit Mercy undergraduate students have plenty of opportunities for research in just about any area of study. Students working in the lab of Rachelle Belanger, associate professor of biology, are engaged in groundbreaking work studying the effects of atrazine on crayfish—research that could lead to drastic changes in the use …

Chemistry Club ranks in top 5% nationally, receives Green Chemistry Award

Detroit Mercy’s Chemistry Club recently achieved a rating of “Outstanding” for the 2018-2019 academic year by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Only the top 5% of all student member groups achieve the “Outstanding” ranking nationally! This also marks the 15th straight year the Chemistry Club has earned this prestigious designation. Written comments …

Professor hopes to inspire young scientists at international STEM event

University of Detroit Mercy Assistant Professor of Biology Nizar Ibrahim wants young people to know there’s still plenty left to explore and discover in the world of science. That will be one of the themes when the Detroit Mercy professor and world-renowned paleontologist speaks at the USA Science & Engineering …

Assistant Professor of Biology Nizar Ibrahim was recently interviewed by WDIV-TV Local 4 host Sandra Ali,discussing his mission to bring the excitement of science to students in Detroit.

Assistant Professor of Biology Nizar Ibrahim discusses the world’s largest carnivorous dinosaur on “Stateside-Michigan Public Radio” on NPR. Listen to the interview online.  

Detroit Mercy’s Nizar Ibrahim: Searching for Africa’s forgotten dinosaurs

Detroit Mercy’s world-renowned paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim might be best known for unlocking the mystery of the Spinosaurus, the predatory, sail-backed dinosaur so large it even surpassed the better known Tyrannosaurus rex in body length. But to him, the discovery is just one piece in a much larger puzzle. “We’re trying …

Assistant Professor of Biology Nizar Ibrahim was recently interviewed on MPRS news about the “tale of the Spinosaurus,” Jan. 17. Listen to the full interview here. Ibrahim was also the featured speaker at “National Geographic Live: Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous,” hosted at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis, Jan. 24. Through video, he told …

Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Sustainability Programs Victor Carmona has launched a social media lab with research students to better showcase both the endeavors and explorations of sustainability research with the broader learning community at Detroit Mercy. Carmona will post successes and challenges to help integrate teaching, research …

Assistant Professor of Biology Nizar Ibrahim was acknowledged in the published paper, “A new species of Coloborhynchus (Pterosauria, Ornithocheiridae) from the mid-Cretaceous of North Africa.” Ibrahim assisted Megan Jacobs, a graduate student from the University of Portsmouth in England, who led this work. Click here to learn more about this …

Associate Professor of Biology James Graves attended the southeast Michigan 2018 Regional Stormwater Summit at Lawrence Technological University, Oct. 5. This conference focused on stormwater monitoring, low impact development technologies, green infrastructure and stormwater standards. Biology undergraduate students and Graves conduct research in the classroom on microorganisms isolated from environmental …

Assistant Professor of Biology Nizar Ibrahim was quoted in the New Scientist article, “The mystery of the dinosaur with crocodile jaws, bear claws and a sail,” Sept. 19.

Detroit Mercy’s world-renowned paleontologist takes stage for National Geographic, Sept. 28

University of Detroit Mercy Assistant Professor of Biology — and world-renowned paleontologist — Nizar Ibrahim’s adventures in hunting for dinosaur fossils in the Sahara Desert will take center stage on Friday, Sept. 28, when he presents, “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous,” a National Geographic Live event, at The Smith …

Nizar Ibrahim, assistant professor of Biology in the College of Engineering & Science and a research associate for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, was recently quoted in the Discovery Magazine article, “Dark Data: The Vulnerable Treasures Sitting On Museum Shelves,” Sept. 4. This article examines the recent and devastating …