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Use of Bio-Engineered Reefs for Shoreline Stabilization

Sampling created oyster reefs in Sister Lake, LA


May 2008 - April 2012


While living shorelines have become a valuable tool to stabilize marsh, and enhance fisheries production locally, this project seeks to understand what factors control the ability of the living shoreline to develop long-term sustainable oyster populations, and how reef complexity affects fisheries enhancement.

Research Products and Activities


  • Humphries, Austin T. 2010. Effects of habitat structural complexity on nekton assemblages: lab and field observations in southern Louisiana. Louisiana State University, MS Thesis. 70pp.


  • A. Humphries and M.K. La Peyre. 2009. Linking structural complexity in created oyster reefs to nekton use and provision of refuge. Estuarine Research Federation Meeting. Portland, OR, Nov 1-5.
  • Humphries, A. and M.K. La Peyre. 2010. Habitat structural complexity alters the refuge value of created eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) reefs. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. Jan 3-7, 2010.
  • Casas, S., J. La Peyre and M. La Peyre. 2010. Oyster Reefs as a Restoration Tool: Do Reef Structure, Physicochemical Conditions, and Wave Energy Environment Affect Reef Sustainability? State of the Coast meeting. BAton Rouge, LA June 2010
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1949

Presentations: 4261



  • Megan La PeyrePrincipal Investigator
  • Austin HumphriesStudent
  • Jerome La PeyreCo-Principal Investigator
  • Sandra Casas-listeStaff


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey