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A reintroduced Whooping Crane in the marshes of White Lake Wetland Conservation Area, Gueydan, Louisiana.

Research at the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit largely revolves around wetlands and wetland-dependent wildlife. We work across the U.S., with occassional international research, in coastal marshes, riverine systems, and other inland freshwater wetlands. We study the biotic and abiotic processes that structure wetlands, including hydrology, soils, and geomorphology. In addition, waterfowl, other waterbirds,fish, oysters, crabs, aquatic invertebrates, and plants are often studied.

Louisiana Active Projects

Louisiana Completed Projects

Louisiana Peer Reviewed Publications

  • King, S.L., W. Selman, P. Vasseur, and S. Zimorski. 2019. Louisiana Non-migratory Whooping Crane Reintroduction. Pages 469-484 in S. Converse, J. French, and F. Chavez, eds. The Whooping Crane. Elsevier
  • De Marco, KD, Couvillion, B, Brown S., La Peyre, MK. 2018. Submerged aquatic vegetation mapping in coastal Louisiana through development of a spatial likelihood occurrence (SLOO) model. Aquatic Botany 151:87-97.
  • Reece JS, Watson A, Dalyander PS, Edwards CK, Geselbracht L, La Peyre MK, Tirpak BE, Tirpak JM Woodrey, M. A multiscale natural community and species-level vulnerability assessment of the Gulf Coast, USA.
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Louisiana 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, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7TH8K5J.
  • 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,https://doi.org/10.5066/F7Z899WV.
  • 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,https://doi.org/10.5066/F7QZ2853.
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Louisiana Theses and Dissertations

  • DeMarco, KD. 2018. Shifting ecological niche across coastal landscapes: spatial and temporal ecological patterns driving submerged aquatic vegetation habitat distribution across the northern Gulf of Mexico. PhD Dissertation. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Hillmann, ER. 2018. Analysis of submerged aquatic vegetation across the northern Gulf of Mexico: Communities and Biomass. PhD Dissertation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Bernasconi, S. 2016. Eastern oyster physiological responses to acute and chronic exposure to suspended sediments. MS Thesis. Louisiana State University.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 1

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 5

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 42

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