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Megan La Peyre

Megan La Peyre


  • Ph D Louisiana State University 2000
  • MS College of William and Mary 1995
  • BA Duke University 1992


Megan joined the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 2000, where she is the Assistant Unit Leader and Associate Research Professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.

Research Interests

Megan's research focuses on estuarine ecology. Her lab is engaged in field and laboratory studies examining fish and invertebrate use of natural, restored and created shallow estuarine habitats including the ecology and ecosystem function of oyster reefs.

Teaching Interests

Megan teaches classes related to restoration of estuarine coastal systems, and natural resources policy.

Professional Society Service

  • Other - President (November 2019 - October 2021)
  • Estuarine Research Federation - Awards Committee (January 2017 - September 2017)
  • Other - Member of meeting steering committee. (February 2015 - November 2015)
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Research Publications

  • La Peyre MK, Bernasconi SB, Lavaud R, Casas SM, La Peyre JF. 2019. Eastern oyster clearance and respiration rates in response to acute and chronic exposure to suspended sediment loads. Journal of Sea Research. <a href=""></a> Abstract | 
  • Humphries A, Josephs L, La Peyre M, Hall S, Dowty Beech, R. 2019. Vulnerability of resource users in Louisiana's oyster fishery to environmental change. Ecology and Society Abstract | 
  • Hillmann, ER, DeMarco KD, La Peyre MK. Salinity and season dictate submerged aquatic vegetation variability in Barataria Basin, Louisiana, USA. Aquatic Biology. DOI: Abstract | 
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Science Communication (2018)
  • Natural Resources Policy (2018)
  • Science Communication (2016)
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Louisiana University Committees and Workgroups

  • Megan La PeyreReviewer, Virginia SeaGrant Fellowships (January 2016 - April 2016)
  • Megan La PeyreRNR Space Use Committee (May 2006 - June 2010)

Technical Publications

  • Wang H, Enwright NM, Darnell KM, La Peyre MK, Cebrian J, Kim SC, Bunch B, Stelly SJ, Couvillion BR, Dalyander PS, MIckey RC, Segura M. 2020. Chapter C. Seagrass Habitat Suitability Modeling for the Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Assessment at Dauphin Island. <b>IP-113355</b>
  • Wang H, Enwright NM, Soniat M, Hermann JE, La PEyre MK, Kim SC, Bunch B, Stelly SJ, Dalyander PS, Mickey RC. 2020. Chapter B. Oyster Habitat Suitability Modeling for the Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Assessment at Dauphin Island. <b>IP-113347</b>
  • DeMarco, KD, Couvillion B, La Peyre MK. 2019. Modeling Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) likelihood of occurrence in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve under present conditions and proposed restoration. doi:10.5066/P9ICTL2V (IP: 108722)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 9

Scientific Publications: 42

Presentations: 86


Contact Information

Tel: (225) 578 - 4180

Links of Interest

Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  2. Louisiana State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute