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Dr. Alan Afton

Alan Afton with walleye

Education

  • Ph D University of North Dakota 1983
  • MS University of Minnesota 1977
  • BS Kansas State University 1973
  • Butler County Community College 1971

Biography

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.

Research Interests

Alan's research expertise and interests are avian behavioral ecology and bioenergetics, with a focus on waterfowl ecology and evaluation of wetland management techniques. He also has interests and expertise in evaluating effects of new hunting technologies on waterfowl harvest.

Teaching Interests

Alan has taught graduate courses in waterfowl ecology and avian nutrition at LSU, and currently teaches a graduate course in behavioral ecology.

Research Publications

  • Bolduc, F., and A. D. Afton. 2012. Interactions of structural marsh management, salinity, and water depth on wintering waterbird communities. Pages 109-128 in Wetlands: Ecology, Management and Conservation (A. Baranyai and D. Benko, eds.). Nova Scientific Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY.
  • Link, P. T., A. D. Afton, R. R. Cox, Jr., and B. E. Davis. 2011. Use of habitats by female mallards wintering in southwestern Louisiana. Waterbirds 34:429-438.
  • Link, P. T., A. D. Afton, R. R. Cox, Jr., and B. E. Davis. 2011. Daily movements of female mallards wintering in southwestern Louisiana. Waterbirds 34:422-428
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Completed Projects

Courses

  • Behavioral Ecology (2012)
  • Behavioral Ecology (2011)
  • Advanced Topics in Renewable Natural Resources (2011)
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Louisiana Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Alan AftonMember, Scientific Program Committee, Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl (February 2011 - January 2013)
  • Alan AftonChair, Selection Committee, Robert Todd Eberhardt Memorial Award (January 2003 - January 2013)
  • Alan AftonMember, Scientific Advisory Board, Camara Argentina de Caza y Pesca (December 2007 - December 2008)
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Louisiana University Committees and Workgroups

  • Alan AftonMember, RNR Seminar and Lecture Committee (August 2005 - September 2007)

Technical Publications

  • Afton, A. D. 2010. Chronology and Rates of Migratory Movements, Migration Corridors, and Habitats Used throughout the Annual Cycle by Female Lesser Scaup Radio-marked on Pool 19 of the Mississippi River. Report for LSU Grant #940-40-6128 to Ducks Unlimited SRO, 27 December 2010. 15pp.
  • Afton, A. D. 2010. Chronology and Rates of Migratory Movements, Migration Corridors, and Habitats Used throughout the Annual Cycle by Female Lesser Scaup Radio-marked on Pool 19 of the Mississippi River. Semi-Annual Progress Report to Ducks Unlimited SRO, 1 July 2010. 11pp.
  • Afton, A. D. 2009. Chronology and Rates of Migratory Movements, Migration Corridors, and Habitats Used throughout the Annual Cycle by Female Lesser Scaup Radio-marked on Pool 19 of the Mississippi River. Report to Ducks Unlimited GPRO, 9 December 2009. 30pp.
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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 Information

Tel: (225) 578 - 4179 Personal Web Site: http://www.rnr.lsu.edu/people/afton/default.htm

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