The Schachner Lab at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana


We seek to use a broad and interdisciplinary approach to ask questions about the origin and evolution of novel morphological innovations in vertebrates


We use various forms of art to communicate my research to both the scientific community and the public

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Dr. Emma Schachner speaks at TEDxLSU

TEDxLSU 2019 How lungs may have been the secret weapon of dinosaurs during the Late Triassic Period

Dr. Candace Grand Pre joins the lab!

Candace Grand Pre PhD (2010, University of Pennsylvania) joins the lab in the summer of 2018 to complete her second PhD in Clinical Anatomy

The lungs of Chelydra

Research on the lungs of the the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) published and featured on the cover of the Journal of Anatomy. The project included 3D digital models of the respiratory system of normal specimens, and a pathological individual born with a single lung resulting in kyphosis and scoliosis of the carapace and plastron. 

Evolutionary origin of the turtle shell

Recently discovered fossil stem turtles demonstrate that the turtle shell evolved as an adaption for digging. Research with Tyler Lyson et al was published in the Journal Current Biology. 

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