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

Louisiana Technical Assistance Activities

The Louisiana unit provides technical assistance to state management of oyster resources, including studies supporting the development of aquaculture, and restoration activities.  Shown here are cages of oysters maintained and raised at the Michael C. Voisin Hatchery in Grand Isle, Louisiana.

Unit Scientists provide many forms of assistance and service to a diversity of user groups including universities, state and federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Service activities include: serving as science advisors or on committees appointed to deal with natural resource issues, providing technical field input to natural resource managers, serving on graduate student committees, holding positions within various scientific professional societies, and on various university service committees. Below are a few examples of our recent service activities.

Description and Agency Provider(s) Date
Visited a property being acquired that will become the Coastal Chenier Refuge near Port Arthur, TX per the request of USFWS (Mark Kaib). We evaluated the habitat and provided suggestions on potential issues with the site.
US Fish and Wildlife Service
King March 2017
To represent the DOI on the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group development of SMART objectives for use of NRDA restoration funding for SAV and oyster resources.
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
La Peyre August 2020
Served on Ad Hoc Committee address USGS MOCC training requirements
King March 2005
Served as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice from 2006-2009. This included review of documents, field visits, deposition, and court testimony.
U.S. Department of Justice
King July 2006
Served as USGS Representative (and reforestation subcommittee co-chair) to the Lower Mississippi River Valley Joint Venture, Forest Management group.
King March 2005
Served as RGEP panel reviewer
King February 2005
Reviewed Yazoo Pumps Preliminary Environmental Report for the USFWS, Ecological Services Office, Jackson, MS
US Fish and Wildlife Service
King September 2005
Review and comment on oyster habitat module being adopted for use in Louisiana's Master Plan for coastal restoration.
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
La Peyre September 2015
Providing data and input into an ecosystem model developed for use in the Louisiana Master Plan
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
La Peyre September 2015
Providing data and data analysis of local oyster population data to inform management models and setting of harvest limits in Louisiana
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
La Peyre January 2015
Provide assistance to NOAA's Mussel Watch program to collect samples at Louisiana sites in April 2010 prior to impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
La Peyre April 2010
Provide assistance on project examining impacts of oil and gas pipelines on marsh habitats
La Peyre January 2005
Provide assistance on project examining impacts of oil and gas activities on marsh habitats
Minerals Management Service
La Peyre January 2006
Provide assistance on ongoing project examining impacts of oil and gas pipelines on marshes
La Peyre September 2007
Provide assistance on ecological analysis of project quantifying habitat impacts of oil and gas pipelines in the coastal zone
La Peyre January 2004
Participation as oyster habitat expert in Ecosystem INdicators workshop funded by NAS, through NatureServ.
The Nature Conservancy
La Peyre October 2016
Participated in refuge review for D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge
King September 2003
Participated in a reforestation workshop
King April 2003
Participated in USFWS Scaup Modeling and Management Workshop, reviewed scaup model inputs and outputs, and provided comments on drafts of the final report for USFWS Scaup Conservation Action Plan.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Scaup Conservation Action Plan Team
Afton April 2009
Oyster expert on gulf-coast National Academies of Sciences Funded project to identify key monitoring metrics
La Peyre November 2016
Oyster Working Group Task Force, post Deepwater Horizon oil spill
La Peyre August 2010
Member of USFWS NRDA Trustee Waterfowl Working Group associated with Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) oil spill.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/ NRDA Trustee Waterfowl Working Group
Afton July 2010
Invited expert for panel evaluating sediment diversions on coastal habitats; oyster reef expert
Environmental Defense Fund
La Peyre January 2016
Input into biological layers for GIS based decision support tool (
The Nature Conservancy
La Peyre January 2011
Input into Louisiana Department of WIldlife and Fisheries development of a shellfish budget for managing oyster harvest. Provide data and analyses to fit growth and mortality estimates.
Louisiana Department of WIldlife and Fisheries
La Peyre September 2014
Identification of old fish samples for Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries - Refuge Division
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
La Peyre April 2004
I participated in a zoom call with New Mexico Game and Fish, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Audubon New Mexico to evaluate proposed design improvements in wetland management infrastructure at Bernardo WMA north of Soccorro, NM. This will be an ongoing effort.
New Mexico Game and Fish
King October 2020
Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment; Member of the Coastal Ecosystems and Species Expert Team and Leader for the Oyster Group
La Peyre October 2011
Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge
King October 2004
Expert to NOAA Natural Resource and Damage Assessment workshop. Provided seminars and field training to NOAA employees on monitoring, and sampling design for damage assessments of coastal marsh habitats and species
La Peyre August 2015
DOI Representative on the Oyster Strategic Framework Development committee for NRDA.
Deepwater Horizon Trustees
La Peyre September 2016
Biological Review, D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge
King September 2003
Assistance and data provision to develop maps of submersed aquatic vegetation
La Peyre May 2016
Role - Description Provider         Start Date        End Date       
Reviewer, Virginia SeaGrant Fellowships - PRovided reviews of 30 + fellowship applications for highly competitive fellowships provided by Virginia SeaGrant to graduate students La Peyre January 2016 April 2016
RNR Space Use Committee - Help manage space needs in the Renewable Natural Resources Building La Peyre May 2006 June 2010
Member, Wildlife Extension Faculty Search Committee - Reviewed potential candidates, helped with interviews, and participated in discussions on faculty hires King April 2017 July 2017
Member, Scholarship Committee, Renewable Natural Resources - TO review and award departmental student scholarships. La Peyre August 2005 Present
Member, RNR Seminar and Lecture Committee Afton August 2005 September 2007
Role and Organization Individual         Start Date        End Date       
Visiting Research Scientist, Canadian Wildlife Service, waterfowl research team at Karak Lake, Nunavut Afton January 1993 Present
Selection Committee Member, The Dave Ankney & Sandi Johnson Waterfowl and Wetlands Graduate Research Scholarship Afton January 2014 Present
Reviewer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Afton July 2007 Present
Reviewer, National Science Foundation Afton August 1988 Present
Member, Scientific Program Committee, Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl Afton February 2011 January 2013
Member, Scientific Program Committee, 4th North Amercican Duck Symposium Afton August 2005 August 2006
Member, Scientific Program Committee, 3rd North Amercican Duck Symposium Afton January 2001 December 2003
Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Camara Argentina de Caza y Pesca Afton December 2007 December 2008
Member, NAWMP Scaup Action Team Afton July 2007 Present
Member, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Team, Gulf Coast Joint Venture of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Afton January 1998 Present
Member, Louisiana Waterfowl Study Commission, Appointed by Governor to investigate waterfowl management and hunting issues in Louisiana Afton March 2006 December 2006
Member, IUCN Crane Working Group King May 2010 Present
Chair, Selection Committee, Robert Todd Eberhardt Memorial Award Afton January 2003 January 2013
Outreach Activity Provider(s)        Date       
article on SAV research in RNR's magazine "Mapping Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in the Coastal Zone" La Peyre March 2017
Science Project Advisor for Mitch Weegman, Winona Middle School, Winona, Minnesota Afton January 2003
Presentation of research results to SEa GRant Extension agents La Peyre June 2005
Presentation and discussion on oyster reefs at Seafood Summit convention; a meeting of commercial fisherman and producers La Peyre March 2016
Presentation and discussion of modeling efforts related to oyster production in the face of management and sea level rise at the Seafood Summit, a meeting held for commercial fishermen and producers La Peyre March 2016
National Public Radio out of Memphis Tennessee interviewed myself, my graduate student (Aaron Pierce) and a graduate student and faculty member from University of Tennessee about our research on the Hatchie River. The link to the story, if still active, is at: King December 2003
Interviewed regarding research on spinning wing decoys by CBS Evening News. Afton January 2004
Interviewed by writer and provided input and manuscript review to editor of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, for an article on Scaup published in the September-October 2007 issue of Volume 70, Number 414, pages 8-17. Afton July 2007
Discussed oyster research in Louisiana to the Oyster Convention, a meeting of oyster producers and the public La Peyre March 2014
Discussed oyster reefs and ecosystem services to a 4H group vising from Cameron Parish, Louisiana La Peyre February 2015
Discussed monitoring work on oyster reefs used as living shorelines to a non-profit organization, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. La Peyre August 2015
Description and sharing of data regarding some research to managers and decision makers with the Coastal Wetlands and Protection, Planning and Restoration Act environmental Working Group PPL 15 La Peyre June 2005
Article for LSUs RNR magazine "New Source of Blue Carbon Studied in Coastal Wetlands" La Peyre March 2017