Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Louisiana
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Louisiana Project

Developing modeling tools and frameworks for oyster management and restoration

January 2019 - January 2026


Participating Agencies

  • South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
  • Department of Interior
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and FIsheries
  • USGS

Management and restoration of economically and ecologically important oyster resources across the Gulf of Mexico requires integration of water quality, oyster physiology and performance data. This project works with state and federal management agencies to analyze existing data and project outcomes, and to integrate current understanding of oyster performance in order to development geospatial management tools to inform management.

Research Publications Publication Date
Yurek S, Eaton MJ, Lavaud R, Laney RW, DeAngelis D, Pine III, WE, La Peyre MK, Martin J, Frederick P, Wang H, Lowe MR, Johnson F, Camp EV, Mordecai R. 2021 Modeling structural mechanics of oyster reef self-organization including environmental constraints and community interactions. Ecological Modelling 440:109389 | Abstract | Download January 2021
Lavaud R, La Peyre MK, Couvillion B, Beseres Pollack J, Brown V, Palmer T, Keim B. Predicting restoration and aquaculture potential of an ecological engineer through an eco-physiological mechanistic model. Ecological Modeling | Abstract December 2023
Lavaud R, La Peyre MK et al. 2023. Final Project Report: A roadmap for developing resilient coastal shellfish populations: using spatial and process-based modeling for restoration under current and predicted future water quality conditions. DOI Climate Adaptation Center FInal Report. | Abstract August 2024
La Peyre, M.K., Marshall, D.A., and Sable, S.E., 2021, Oyster model inventory: Identifying critical data and modeling approaches to support restoration of oyster reefs in coastal U.S. Gulf of Mexico waters: U.S. Geological SurveyOpen-File Report 2021–1063, 40 p., August 2021
Technical Publications Publication Date
Lavaud R, La Peyre MK, Couvillion B, Brown V, Pollack JB, Palmer T, Keim B. 2023. Eastern oyster Dynamic Energy Budget model outputs under current (2014-2020) and projected (2041-2050) temperature and salinity conditions in Texas and Louisiana estuaries and along northern GUlf of Mexico coast: U.S. Geological Survey data releases, September 2023
Presentations Presentation Date
Stephens T, Zang J, Sable S, Rose, K, Xu G, La Peyre M, Carter B 2023. Simulating oyster larval transport to support ecosystem restoration. National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration. April 14-18, Albuquerque NM April 2024
Davenport TM, DeMarco KE, Enwright NM, Midway SR, La Peyre MK. 2024. Structured habitat spatial distribution influences nekton species richness in two Louisiana coastal basins. American Fisheries Society Louisiana Chapter Meeting May 23-24, 2024. April 2024
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Swam L. 2021. Effects of salinity on eastern oysters: locating lower salinity tolerant populations and defining resource zones suitable to restoration, fisheries, and aquaculture. LSU MS Thesis. August 2021