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Federal Staff

Alan Afton with walleye

Alan Afton Assistant Unit Leader Website: http://www.rnr.lsu.edu/people/afton/default.htm Tel: (225) 578 - 4179

Alan joined the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 1988, where he is an Assistant Leader-Wildlife and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources. From 1983-88, he worked as a Research Scientist in the Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Group of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, located in Bemidji, MN.

Sammy King, Unit Leader, Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Sammy King Unit Leader Tel: (225) 578 - 7564

Dr. King is a native of Louisiana and holds a B.S. from Nicholls State University, M.S. from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University

Megan La Peyre

Megan La Peyre Assistant Unit Leader Tel: (225) 578 - 4180

Megan joined the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 2000, where she is the Assistant Unit Leader and Associate Research Professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources and Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and Louisiana State University, respectively.

University Staff

LACFWRU Administrator

Sophie Aime

Shelly Griggs

Shelly Griggs

Shelly is a native of Jonesboro, LA and attended LaTech. She’s an employee of the State of Louisiana for 25 years and looks forward to working her last few years with the LaCoop Unit.

Lindsay Schwarting sampling

Lindsay Schwarting Tel: (225) 578 - 4232

Lindsay joined the LACFWRU in 2011 as a Research Associate in the LaPeyre Lab, which monitors and studies oyster reef ecology in the Gulf. Prior to that, she completed her MS in Natural Resources/Aquatic Ecology at the University of Vermont, with a thesis on the paleolimnology of Lake Champlain food webs. A native of the northeast, Lindsay has studied and worked at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Lab and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in NY. She enjoys hiking, skiing, canoeing, and all things aquatic in nature.

Students and Post Docs

Kristin DeMarco sampling SAV

Kristin DeMarco

Kristin DeMarco grew up in North Carolina, attending UNC-Asheville for her B.S and Duke University for her Masters of Environmental Management. After moving to Louisiana in 2010, she worked in coastal restoration for 3 years before joining the COOP unit to pursue her PhD. Kristin's research interests include effects of climate change on coastal communities and ecological processes.

Eva Hillmann

Eva Hillmann

Eva Hillmannn is a second year PhD student in the LaPeyre lab. She is researching the community assemblages, biomass and potential for carbon sequestration of SAV species across salinity zones along the northern Gulf of Mexico. She has worked previously for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and when not in the field, enjoys traveling and time with her family.

Whitney Kroschel

Whitney Kroschel

Whitney Kroschel (PhD) is studying the effects of altered hydrology on bottomland hardwood forests. Whitney received her M.S. (Biological Sciences) from Marshall University and B.S. (Ecology and Geography) from Minnesota State University.

Romain Lavaud

Michael Lowe

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 0

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 46

Presentations: 76

 

Contact Us

Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6202 Phone: (225) 578 - 4179 Fax: (225) 578 - 4144 Our University Web Site

Unit Leader

Sammy King
Sammy King, Unit Leader, Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Dr. King is a native of Louisiana and holds a B.S. from Nicholls State University, M.S. from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University

Links

  1. School of Renewable Natural Resources

Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  2. Louisiana State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute