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Dr. Thomas M. Soniat


Institution(s) / Organization(s):
University of New Orleans


Research Interest:
-Biological Sciences
-Oyster Biology
-Estuarine Ecology
-Conservation and Restoration of Oyster Reefs
-Freshwater Requirements of Oysters
-Oyster Fisheries Management, and Oyster Disease Dynamics

Current GoMRI Research:
-Effect of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Oyster Mortality and Oyster Disease

Ph.D. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, U.S.A., 1982

Candidatus Magisterii, University of Bergen, Norway, 1975

B.S., Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana, U.S.A., 1973

Area of Expertise / Interest:
Oyster Biology; Estuarine Ecology; Ecology; Fisheries; Population Biology; Ecological Indicators; Habitat Loss; Pollution; Restoration

Preferred Language:   English

Mailing Address:
University of New Orleans
Department of Biological Sciences
Lakefront Campus
New Orleans, LA 70148
Telephone: +1 504-280-1324
Fax: +1 504-280-6121

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Links to Projects or Publications:
Oyster Sentinel
Monitoring of Natural Resources in the Pontchartrain Basin following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Processes, Habitats, and Fisheries

Keywords:   Ecology, Estuary, Oyster, DWH oil spill, GoMRI

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