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Use of Bio-Engineered Reefs for Shoreline Stabilization

Sampling created oyster reefs in Sister Lake, LA


May 2008 - April 2012


While living shorelines have become a valuable tool to stabilize marsh, and enhance fisheries production locally, this project seeks to understand what factors control the ability of the living shoreline to develop long-term sustainable oyster populations, and how reef complexity affects fisheries enhancement.

Research Products and Activities


  • Humphries, Austin T. 2010. Effects of habitat structural complexity on nekton assemblages: lab and field observations in southern Louisiana. Louisiana State University, MS Thesis. 70pp.


  • A. Humphries and M.K. La Peyre. 2009. Linking structural complexity in created oyster reefs to nekton use and provision of refuge. Estuarine Research Federation Meeting. Portland, OR, Nov 1-5.
  • Humphries, A. and M.K. La Peyre. 2010. Habitat structural complexity alters the refuge value of created eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) reefs. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. Jan 3-7, 2010.
  • Casas, S., J. La Peyre and M. La Peyre. 2010. Oyster Reefs as a Restoration Tool: Do Reef Structure, Physicochemical Conditions, and Wave Energy Environment Affect Reef Sustainability? State of the Coast meeting. BAton Rouge, LA June 2010
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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



  • Megan La PeyrePrincipal Investigator
  • Austin HumphriesStudent
  • Jerome La PeyreCo-Principal Investigator
  • Sandra Casas-listeStaff

Funding Agencies

  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries


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