Jul 3, 2014 22:42 Photos: Donation of isopods Photos: Donation of isopods Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Holding a giant isopod, Robert Carney, a long-time LSU researcher is donating most of his years worth of ocean specimen collection to the Smithsonian. Their folks were on hand Monday morning packing up what he's got. Advocate story July 03, 2014 Comments As soon as the five-gallon bucket gets pried open, the smell of preserved sea creature with a hint of rancid fat wafts up from this collection of giant isopods sitting in a laboratory at LSU. “They are very lipid (fat) rich and the lipids don’t preserve very well so that’s what you’re smelling. That rancid smell,” said Robert Carney, a retired professor of oceanography and coastal studies at LSU. These giant pill-bug looking creatures are just part of the 28-year collection of deep sea marine life that Carney is donating to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.