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Megan La Peyre

Megan La Peyre


  • Ph D Louisiana State University 2000
  • MS College of William and Mary 1995
  • BA Duke University 1992


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.

Research Interests

Megan's research focuses on estuarine ecology. Her lab is engaged in field and laboratory studies examining fish and invertebrate use of natural, restored and created shallow estuarine habitats including the ecology and ecosystem function of oyster reefs.

Teaching Interests

Megan teaches classes related to restoration of estuarine coastal systems, and natural resources policy.

Professional Society Service

  • Estuarine Research Federation - Awards Committee (January 2017 - September 2017)
  • Other - Member of meeting steering committee. (February 2015 - November 2015)
  • Society of Wetland Scientists - Member (January 2001 - January 2012)
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Research Publications

  • Lowe, M.R., T. Sehlinger, T.M. Soniat and M.K. La Peyre. 2017. Interactive effects of water temperature and salinity on growth and mortality of eastern oysters, Crassostrea virginica: a meta-analysis using 40 years of monitoring data. Journal of Shellfish Research 36:1-15.
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  • Lavaud R., La Peyre MK, Casas S, Bacher C, La Peyre JF. 2017. Integrating the effects of salinity on the physiology of the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica, in the northern Gulf of Mexico through a Dynamic Energy Budget model. Ecological Modelling 363:221-233. Abstract | 
  • Schwarting Miller, L, J. La Peyre, M. La Peyre. 2017. Suitability of oyster restoration sites along the Louisiana coast: important biotic and abiotic factors influencing oyster population dynamics and reef-building. Journal of Shellfish Research 36:341-351.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Science Communication (2016)
  • Natural Resources Policy: Policy Sciences Analysis (2016)
  • Natural Resources Policy (2015)
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Louisiana University Committees and Workgroups

  • Megan La PeyreReviewer, Virginia SeaGrant Fellowships (January 2016 - April 2016)
  • Megan La PeyreRNR Space Use Committee (May 2006 - June 2010)

Technical Publications

  • DeMarco, K., Hillmann, E., and La Peyre, M., 2017, Seed biomass from shallow coastal water areas along a salinity gradient in Barataria Bay, Louisiana (2015): U.S. Geological Survey data release,
  • DeMarco, K., Hillmann, E., and La Peyre, M., 2017, Seed biomass from shallow coastal water areas from Texas through Alabama, 2013-2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release,
  • Hillmann, E., and La Peyre, M., 2017, Sediment carbon, submerged aquatic vegetation and environmental variables in deltaic southeast Louisiana (2015-2016): U.S. Geological Survey data release,
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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: 12

Scientific Publications: 40

Presentations: 67


Contact Information

Tel: (225) 578 - 4180

Links of Interest

Current Students

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