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Determining Optimal Elevation for Restoration of an Island Used by Rare Colonial Nesting Waterbirds


January 2017 - June 2019


We are evaluating the effects of flooding/elevation, nest predation, and other factors on nest success of several species of colonial nesting waterbirds. Ultimately, we are interested in determining the optimal elevation for island restoration based upon the balance between flood risk and island occupancy by mammalian predators

Research Products and Activities


  • Ritenour, K.A. 2019. Factors affecting nest success of colonial nesting waterbirds in Southwest Louisiana. M.S. Thesis. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4246



  • Sammy KingPrincipal Investigator
  • Karis RitenourStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources Gilbert Fellowship


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey