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Sammy King

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


  • Ph D Texas A&M University 1994
  • MS Auburn University 1990
  • BS Nicholls State University 1987


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

Research Interests

Dr. King is interested in wetland systems and wetland-dependent wildlife. His students study a wide range of wetland processes and wetland wildlife, however, the ultimate focus is to better understand wetland systems to guide their conservation, restoration, and management.

Teaching Interests

Dr. King team teaches graduate courses in wetlands and floodplain ecology as well as special field-based courses on selected wetlands around the country. He believes that integrating classroom work with targeted, intensive field trips creates the greatest learning opportunities for students. Past special topics courses have included wetlands in the Ridge and Basin and Middle Rio Grande regions.

Professional Society Service

  • The Wildlife Society - Interim Chair, Wetlands Working Group (March 2011 - September 2013)
  • The Wildlife Society - Member (January 2003 - December 2010)
  • The Waterbird Society - Member (January 2007 - December 2008)
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Research Publications

  • Ilyashenko, E., and S. L. King. Crane responses to changes in agriculture. Pages 55 to 71 in J.E. Austin, K.L. Morrison, and J.T. Harris, eds. Cranes and Agriculture: a global guide to sharing the landscape. International Crane Foundation.
  • King, S.L., W. Selman, P. Vasseur, and S. Zimorski. 2018. Louisiana Non-migratory Whooping Crane Reintroduction. Pages 469-484 in S. Converse, J. French, and F. Chavez, eds. The Whooping Crane. Elsevier
  • Pickens, B.A., S.L. King, P. Vasseur, S. Zimorski, and W. Selman. 2017. Seasonal movements and multiscale habitat selection of Whooping Crane (Grus americana) in natural and agricultural wetlands. Waterbirds 40:322-333.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Science Communication (2018)
  • Restoration and Management of Wetland Functions (2017)
  • Science Communication (2016)
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Louisiana University Committees and Workgroups

  • Sammy KingMember, Wildlife Extension Faculty Search Committee (April 2017 - July 2017)

Technical Publications

  • Allen, S. T., J.W. Cochran, R. Keim, and S. L. King. 2015. A comparison of intra-annual radial growth of two dominant bottomland hardwood species across a hydrologic gradient.18th Southern Silvicultural Conference, Knoxville, TN.Abstract |
  • Villani, R., and S. L. King. 2010. Integrated waterbird use of moist soil units at six wildlife management areasin the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, Louisiana: Final Report. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Report No. 1-2010. Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Perkins, M., S. L. King, and D. Krementz. 2009. Stopover habitat use by king rails: evaluation and habitat management implications. Final Report to US Fish & Wildlife Service.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 5

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 14

Scientific Publications: 43

Presentations: 76

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