Field of Focus
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecotourism
  • Invasive Species
  • Restoration
  • Sustainable Development
Area of Expertise
Estuarine Ecology and Environmental Education
Education
  • Ph.D. in Zoology/Entomology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi, U.S.A., 1984
  • M.S. in Biology, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.A., 1980
  • B.S. in Fisheries Biology, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.A., 1978

Dr. Mark LaSalle is the Director of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point, Mississippi. Located on the Pascagoula River, the Center provides a gateway to what is widely recognized as one of the last, large unimpeded river systems in the contiguous United States. The Center is a key attraction for the growing ecotourism industry on the Gulf Coast. As an estuarine ecologist, Dr. LaSalle conducts and coordinates environmental education programs for youth, teachers, volunteers and the public focusing on coastal wetland biology and ecology, coastal habitat creation and restoration, and watershed issues including impacts of human activities. Dr. LaSalle has had a long history of support for many of the programs of the Gulf of Mexico Program.