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

Louisiana Education Activities


Field-based teaching in a variety of settings is used to expose students to a wide range of wetland systems and socioeconomic settings. From left to right: 1) Students study a fossil in an ash layer buried in soil at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, OR; 2) Exploring the marsh at Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge, ID; 3) Learning to read a surface elevation table at Appalachicola National Estuarine Reserve, FL; 4) Capturing a moment at Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, OR; and 5) Visiting the national champion baldcypress tree at Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge, LA.

Unit scientists teach a number of graduate courses focused on wetlands, restoration ecology, policy, and behavioral ecology. In addition, Unit scientists provide guest lectures to a number of University classes.

Title Instructor(s) Start Date End Date
Wildlife Seminar -- Landscape Ecology King August 2008 December 2008
Wetlands of the Upper Midwest King August 2012 August 2012
Wetlands of the Pacific Northwest King July 2016 August 2016
Wetlands of the Middle Rio Grande King May 2011 May 2011
Wetlands of the Intermountain West King July 2009 July 2009
Wetlands of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon King July 2018 August 2018
Wetlands in Peril (Wildlife Seminar) King August 2003 December 2003
Wetlands and Wildlife Ecology King August 2020 December 2020
Wetlands and Wildlife Ecology King August 2018 December 2018
Wetlands and Wildlife Ecology King August 2016 December 2016
Wetland and Wildlife Ecology King August 2012 December 2012
Wetland and Wildlife Ecology King August 2010 December 2010
Wetland Wildlife King August 2014 December 2014
Structured Decision Making in Natural Resources, or, How to make good decisions La Peyre, Piazza January 2012 May 2012
Special topics: wetland sedimentation La Peyre September 2005 December 2005
Selected or Assigned Wildlife Problems Afton August 2001 December 2001
Selected or Assigned Wildlife Problems Afton August 2000 December 2000
Selected or Assigned Wildlife Problem Afton January 2002 May 2002
Science, Advocacy, Communication and Environmental Policy La Peyre August 2010 December 2010
Science Communication La Peyre, King August 2018 December 2018
Science Communication King, La Peyre August 2016 December 2016
Restoration and Management of Wetlands King August 2007 December 2007
Restoration and Management of Wetlands King August 2006 December 2006
Restoration and Management of Wetlands King August 2004 December 2004
Restoration and Management of Wetland Functions King August 2019 December 2019
Restoration and Management of Wetland Functions King August 2017 December 2017
Restoration and Management of Wetland Functions King August 2015 December 2015
Restoration and Management of Wetland Functions King August 2013 December 2013
Restoration and Management of Wetland Functions King August 2011 December 2011
Restoration and Management of Wetland Functions King August 2009 December 2009
Restoration Ecology La Peyre January 2004 April 2004
Restoration Ecology La Peyre January 2003 May 2003
Research Problems in Wildlife Afton January 2002 May 2002
Research Problems in Wildlife Afton January 2001 May 2001
Research Problems in Wildlife Afton August 2001 December 2001
Research Problems in Wildlife Afton August 2000 December 2000
Research Methodology and Proposal Writing Afton August 2004 December 2004
Problems in Natural Resource Management Afton June 2005 August 2005
Problems in Natural Resource Management Afton January 2005 May 2005
Problems in Natural Resource Management Afton August 2004 December 2004
Natural Resources Policy: Policy Sciences Analysis La Peyre January 2016 May 2016
Natural Resources Policy La Peyre January 2020 May 2020
Natural Resources Policy La Peyre January 2018 May 2018
Natural Resources Policy La Peyre January 2015 May 2015
Natural Resources Policy La Peyre August 2008 December 2008
Natural Resources Management La Peyre August 2009 December 2009
Issues in Ecology and Conservation King August 2007 December 2007
Graduate Seminar in Wildlife Afton January 2005 May 2005
Floodplain Ecology, Restoration, and Management King January 2006 May 2006
Floodplain Ecology King January 2011 May 2011
Floodplain Ecology King January 2004 May 2004
Fish Physiology and Condition La Peyre August 2013 December 2013
Current topics in the restoration of coastal Louisiana La Peyre August 2006 December 2006
Current Issues in Natural Resources La Peyre January 2005 May 2005
Comparative Avian Nutrition Afton August 2005 December 2005
Comparative Avian Nutrition Afton August 2000 December 2000
Behavioral Ecology Afton August 2012 December 2012
Behavioral Ecology Afton August 2011 December 2011
Behavioral Ecology Afton August 2006 December 2006
Behavioral Ecology Afton August 2004 December 2004
Behavioral Ecology Afton August 2002 December 2002
Aquatic Botany La Peyre January 2001 May 2001
Advanced Topics in Renewable Natural Resources Afton January 2005 May 2005
Advanced Topics in Renewable Natural Resources Afton August 2011 December 2011
Advanced Topics in Renewable Natural Resources Afton August 2007 December 2007
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
Short course (webinar) with UL Sammy King through NCTC on how to manage habitat for King Rail Krementz, King April 2009
Provided training to NOAA DARP employees on techniques and analyses to evaluate and assess impact of human activities on salt-marsh faunal communities. This was a NOAA request to provide FAST (Field Assessment and Science Techniques) training at a workshop. La Peyre September 2015
Provided a MOCC certification course for individuals from the LA CRU, NWRC and TN WSC La Peyre June 2012
MOCC certification and over the water La Peyre June 2019
MOCC and Over Water La Peyre April 2021
MOCC Training and Recertification La Peyre May 2018
MOCC Training and Certification/Recertificaiton La Peyre May 2015
MOCC Training and Certificatino La Peyre January 2015
MOCC Certification La Peyre June 2019
MOCC Boat Training La Peyre September 2016
MOCC Boat Safety La Peyre February 2017
MOCC Over the Water La Peyre September 2020
I led the development of a wetland training workshop in Xianghai, China in August, 2017. I recruited 2 additional instructors, John Vradenburg and Drew Fowler. This was a 4 day workshop at Xianghai National Nature Reserve in Northeast China and was attended by staff from 11 National Nature Reserves, 8-10 graduate students, and a few Chinese faculty. King August 2017
Duck trapping and banding techniques. Afton March 2013
Duck trapping and banding techniques. Afton March 2012
Duck trapping and banding techniques. Afton March 2011
Duck trapping and banding techniques. Afton March 2010
Duck trapping and banding techniques. Afton March 2009
Duck trapping and banding techniques. Afton March 2008
Duck trapping and banding techniques. Afton March 2007
Duck trapping and banding techniques. Afton April 2014
Title and Location Speaker Date
Where's the reef? Understanding ecosystem contributions and improving restoration success
Presented to: Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, University of Southern Mississippi
La Peyre November 2014
Where's the reef? Assessing ecological functions of inshore oyster reefs
Presented to: Louisiana State University
La Peyre April 2011
Wetland restoration and management for waterbird conservation in the United States
Presented to: Research Institute of Forest Ecology, Environment and Protection, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing
King October 2013
Wetland restoration and management for waterbird conservation in the United States
Presented to: Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun
King October 2013
WADING BIRD FOOD AVAILABILITY IN RICE FIELDS AND CRAWFISH PONDS OF THE CHENIER PLAIN OF SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA AND SOUTHEAST TEXAS
Presented to: Gulf Coast Joint Venture Fall Board Meeting 2015
King September 2015
Using research and monitoring to increase ecological understanding and restoration success
Presented to: Texas Tech University
La Peyre August 2018
Understanding oysters to improve restoration and production outcomes
Presented to: LUMCON
La Peyre May 2019
The population explosion of mid-continent lesser snow geese: causes, problems, and solutions.
Presented to: Louisiana State Univerisity, Saturday Science Seminars
Afton March 2002
The Biology, History, and Recovery of the Whooping Crane
Presented to: Tanana River Valley Sandhill Crane Festival, Fairbanks, Alaska
King August 2015
Submerged aquatic vegetation: a study documenting occurrence, variation, drivers and function
Presented to: Webinar -South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
La Peyre April 2018
Restoring wetland and aquatic habitat in bottomlands
Presented to: Natural Resource Conservation Service National Training Workshop
King April 2003
Restoration and Management of Bottomland Hardwoods in the Lower Mississippi River Alluvial Valley
Presented to: LSU
King March 2003
Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes to southwestern Louisiana
Presented to: Louisiana State University
King September 2013
Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes to Louisiana
Presented to: International Crane Foundation, Board of Directors Meeting
King June 2010
Mud and oysters: building blocks for coastal restoration in Louisiana.
Presented to: University of New Orleans
La Peyre September 2008
McCracken, K. G., J. Harshman, D. A. McClellan, and A. D. Afton. 1999. Data set incongruence and correlated character evolution in stifftail ducks and other diving ducks. Guest Lecture, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
Presented to: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Afton July 1999
Louisiana Wilds
Presented to: Tanana River Valley Sandhill Crane Festival, Fairbanks, Alaska
King August 2015
Louisiana Whooping Crane Introduction
Presented to: LSU RNR Alumni
King February 2018
Louisiana Wetlands and the Whooping Crane Reintroduction
Presented to: International Crane Foundation Board Meeting; March 2017; Lafayette, Louisiana
King March 2017
How to determine sustainability of oyster reefs in a variable environment: metrics, tools and things to think about
Presented to: Stennis Space Center, University of Alabama
La Peyre September 2015
History of Bottomland Hardwood Forests
Presented to: Mississippi Society of American Foresters, Annual Meeting
King March 2004
Habitat Restoration and Management in the Lower Mississippi River Alluvial Valley
Presented to: Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana
King November 2004
Habitat Management and Restoration in the Lower Mississippi River Alluvial Valley
Presented to: Texas A&M University
King November 2003
Forest and Wetland Change in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley
Presented to: University of Missouri
King December 2015
Forest and Wetland Change in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley
Presented to: University of Alaska at Fairbanks
King August 2015
Forest and Wetland Change in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley
Presented to: Joint LCC Meeting Baton Rouge LA
King June 2016
Fishing for habitat links: an overview of fish habitat literature.
Presented to: Louisiana State University
La Peyre March 2001
Exploring habitat secrets of secretive marshbirds in Louisiana
Presented to: Port Aransas Whooping Crane Festival
King February 2015
Examining oysters to understand restoration and production - examining Louisiana's resourcesinon -
Presented to: Gulf Coast Research Lab, University of Southern MS
La Peyre March 2019
Essential fish habitat: building evidence for the value of diverse coastal habitats
Presented to: Department of Oceanography, Louisiana State University
La Peyre May 2001
Ecology and management of floodplain systems.
Presented to: Blagoveschensk State Pedagogical University
King June 2012
Draining the Swamp: water and the future of floodplain forests in the Southeast
Presented to: The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting; Albuquerque, NM
King September 2017
Coastal restoration in Louisiana: the role of oil and gas activities
Presented to: Louisiana State University
La Peyre November 2001
Coastal habitat complexity: case studies and implications for restoration and management
Presented to: Louisiana State University
La Peyre April 2005
Assessing shallow water habitats as significant providers of ecosystem services
Presented to: Dauphin Island Sea Lab, University of South Alabama
La Peyre October 2016
An overview of ecological research on oyster communities in Louisiana
Presented to: Louisiana Oyster Convention
La Peyre March 2009
Title Presenter Date
The story of the Whooping Crane King September 2018
The biology, history, and recovery of the Whooping Crane King March 2019
The Return of Whooping Cranes to Louisiana King January 2017
Secretive Marshbirds King January 2017
Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes to southwestern Louisiana King September 2015
Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes to southwestern Louisiana King September 2014
Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes to southwestern Louisiana King September 2013
Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes to southwestern Louisiana King October 2016
Inland Wetland Management King March 2017
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
grippo, Mark (PhD) La Peyre 2005 2009
Zhiwei, Guo (MS) King 2021 Present
Youtz, Joseph (PhD) King 2020 Present
Winslow, Christian (MS) La Peyre 2001 2003
Wilson, Walker (MS) King 2003 2005
Walther, Cecilia (MS) Afton 1995 2004
Walley, Rachel (MS) La Peyre 2005 2007
Villani, Rachel (MS) King 2007 2009
Vest, Josh (MS) Afton 1999 2002
Valqui, Thomas (PhD) Afton 2007 2010
Valente, Jonathon (MS) King 2006 2008
Sullivan, Lauren (MS) King 2012 2015
Skaggs, Cassandra (MS) King 2016 2019
Simonsen, Kirsten (MS) La Peyre 2004 2008
Sable, Shaye (PhD) La Peyre 2002 2007
Ritenour, Karis (MS) King 2016 2019
Riley, Scott (MS) La Peyre 2016 Present
Reitl, Anthony (PhD) La Peyre 2011 2016
Regehr, Heidi (PhD) Afton 2003 2003
Prerost, Julie (PhD) La Peyre 2003 2011
Pourier, Courtney (PhD) King 2019 Present
Pierluissi, Sergio (MS) King 2003 2006
Pickens, Brad (PhD) King 2008 2012
Perkins, Marie (MS) King 2004 2007
Pell, Charles (PhD) King 2018 Present
Patton , Brett (MS) La Peyre 2013 2016
Patrick, Lorelie (PhD) Afton 2011 2014
O'Connell, Jessica (MS) Afton 2005 2006
Nix, Ashby (MS) La Peyre 2010 2011
Nguyen, Nga (PhD) King 2016 Present
Newell, Patti (MS) King 2006 2008
Newell, Patricia (MS) King 2005 2008
Moyle, Rob (PhD) Afton 2001 2003
Moran, Leah (PhD) King 2021 Present
Morales, Savannah (MS) King 2017 2019
Moothart, Stephanie (MS) King 2017 2020
McCulloch, Eve (PhD) King 2011 2012
McAlhaney, Alicia (MS) King 2015 2018
Maley, James (PhD) Afton 2009 2012
Lopez, Edgar (PhD) King 2008 2012
Litz, Karen (MS) Afton 1995 2004
Lipford, Aylett (MS) King 2021 Present
Lemon, Mary (PhD) King 2014 2020
Lancaster, Joseph (MS) Afton 2010 2013
Lachica, Ronald (MS) La Peyre 2004 2006
Laborde, Luke (PhD) Afton 2009 2011
Kroschel, Whitney (PhD) King 2014 2020
Kinney, Sean (MS) Afton 2002 2004
Kelchner, Holly (MS) La Peyre 2017 Present
Kang, Sung-Ryong (PhD) King 2007 2011
Kang, Jackie (PhD) La Peyre 2008 2011
Joshi, Sanjeev (MS) King 2009 2012
Jones, Hollis (MS) La Peyre 2016 2018
Johnson, Erin (MS) King 2012 2015
Jaegge, Andrea (PhD) La Peyre 2017 Present
Isdell, Robert (PhD) La Peyre 2014 2018
Hebert, Jennifer (MS) Afton 2002 2004
He, Song jie (PhD) La Peyre 2014 2018
Harlamart, Scott (MS) La Peyre 2014 Present
Hamilton, Sarah (MS) King 2011 2014
Hallohran, Thorpe (PhD) King 2006 2010
Grisham, Blake (MS) King 2005 2007
Graham, Scott (MS) King 2018 Present
Gee, Hugo (PhD) King 2006 2010
Fowler, Drew (MS) King 2010 2013
Foley, Cullen (MS) King 2012 2015
Fleer, Virginia (PhD) La Peyre 2012 2017
Finger, Taylor (MS) Afton 2012 2014
Dugue, Lincoln (MS) King 2012 2015
DiMiceli, Jennifer (MS) Afton 2005 2006
DeMarco, Kristin (PhD) King 2013 2018
DeLeon, Emma (MS) King 2009 2012
Cuervo Maya, Andres (PhD) Afton 2009 2013
Cohn-Haft, Mario (PhD) Afton 1999 2000
Cochran, J. (MS) King 2004 2008
Cantu, Antonio (MS) King 2019 Present
Cannaday, Chris (MS) La Peyre 2002 2006
Caldwell, Aaron (MS) Afton 2002 2003
Caldwell, Aaron (MS) La Peyre 2001 2003
Byrne, Michael (PhD) King 2008 2011
Brown, Laura (MS) La Peyre 2009 2012
Bordelon, Seth (MS) King 2004 2005
Borchert, Sinead (MS) King 2012 2015
Booth, Ashley (PhD) King 2017 Present
Boos, Beth (MS) King 2021 Present
Baudette, Amy (MS) King 2018 2020
Barlow, Sarah (MS) King 2004 2007
Allen, Scott (PhD) King 2012 2016