• Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.
  • M.S. in Wildlife, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, University of New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

Associate Professor
Wetland Wildlife Ecology
School of Renewable Natural Resources

My research spans many aspects of wetland ecology. Some of my interests are basic but many are associated with assumptions underlying wetland management and restoration. I am very interested in the role of vegetation in marsh vertical accretion, which allows coastal wetlands worldwide to gain the elevation needed to offset global sea-level rise and local subsidence. Microbiologically, I study factors controlling gross metabolic activity in soils (gross activity governs nutrient availability to plants among other things) and denitrification denitrification removes nitrate, which is a nutrient and common pollutant). Botanically, I study the effects of hydrologic conditions and management on submersed and emergent wetland plants. Regarding wildlife, I study relationships among wetland restoration, wildlife, and vegetation. Regarding systems biology, I study roles of vegetation in nitrogen budgets and roles of hydrological conditions and habitat change on carbon and nutrient cycling. I apply my research, and research from other orkers and disciplines, when I help state and federal agencies select, plan, monitor, and manage wetland restoration projects. These activities also illustrate useful skills for students planning to work for engineering and consulting firms, for management and regulatory agencies, or for non-governmental organizations active in resource conservation.

- The Influence of Oil Dispersants on the Biodegradation of South Louisiana Crude Oil and the Resulting Toxicological, Molecular and Physiological Effects on the Gulf Killifish (Year One Block Grant, LSU)