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Examining impacts of harvest activities on oyster reef trophic dynamics

Graduate student Steve Beck with his oysters


June 2009 - December 2011


This project examines the effects of harvesting activities on the resident nekton community food web characteristics.

Research Products and Activities


  • Beck, S. and M.K. La Peyre. 2010. Effects of Oyster harvest on trophodynamics and resident nekton habitat quality of oyster reefs in coastal Louisiana. Restore America's Estuaries. Galveston TX. November 2010.
  • Beck, S. and M.K. La Peyre 2010. The Effects of Oyster Harvest on the Trophic Dynamics and Habitat Quality of Oyster Reefs in Southern Louisiana. International Conference on Shellfish Restoration Charleston SC, November 20-23, 2010.

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



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