Principal Investigators

Principle Investigators

Dr. Nancy Rabalais (Consortium Director)
Professor & Shell Oil Endowed Chair in Oceanography-Wetland Sciences, Louisiana State University
Distinguished Research Professor, Louisiana Univeristies Marine Consortium
(985) 851-2801
nrabalais@lumcon.edu 
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Biological oceanography of continental shelf ecosystems influenced by large rivers; distribution dynamics and effects of hypoxia; estuarine and benthic ecology; integration of science and policy;                                                            aquatic ecology; benthic processes

 

Dr. Kenneth Able
Distinguished Professor/ Director, RU  Marine Field Station
Rutgers – State University of New Jersey

(609-296-5260)
able@marine.rutgers.edu
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Life history, ecology and behavior of fishes; early life history stages of commercially important fishes

 

Dr. Anne Bernhard
Professor
Connecticut College

(860) 439-2580
aeber@conncoll.edu
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Microbial ecology of estuaries and salt marshes; community ecology and population dynamics of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria

 

mbesonenDr. Mark Besonen
Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

(361) 825-2043
mark.besonen@tamucc.edu
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Geoarchaeology, Holocene Geology, Geomorphology & Surficial Processes, Quaternary Paleoclimatology, Micropaleontology of Recent Marginal Marine Ostracods & Forams

 

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Dr. Heather Bracken-Grissom (CWC-I)
Assistant Professor
Florida Atlantic University

heather.brackengrissom@fiu.edu

Evolution of marine invertebrates, with an emphasis on decapod crustaceans; Phylogenetics, Systematics & Taxonomy; Ecology, Biogeography & Conservation Biology; Visual systems and bioluminescence; Cryptic diversity of species complexes

 

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Dr. Kenneth M Brown (CWC-I)
Adjunct Professor, Bilogical Sciences
Louisiana State University

kmbrown@lsu.edu
(225) 578-1740
Oyster ecology, physiology

 

 

Dr. Keith Crandall (CWC-I)
Director of Computational Biology Institute
George Washington University
kcrandall@gwu.edu

Phylogenetics (theoretical and empirical), population genetics, crustacean systematics, visual pigment evolution, molecular evolution, conservation genetics, biodiversity, bacterial genetics

 

 

Dr. Robert Diaz (year one)
Professor, Retired
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
(804) 684-7364
diaz@vims.edu

Understanding the consequences of hypoxia to ecosystem functioning and organism-sediment interactions; how perturbations of functions and processes influence energy flow; ecology and taxonomy of estuarine and marine invertebrates specializing in oligochaetes

 

 

Dr. Darryl Felder (CWC-I)
Professor
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
(337) 482-6753
dlf4517@louisiana.edu

Evolution, ecology, physioecology, development, functional morphology, and systematics of marine decapod crustaceans (crabs, shrimp and lobsters)

 

 

Dr. Fredrick ‘Joel’ Fodrie
Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

(252) 726-6841 ext. 149
jfodrie@unc.edu
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Fish and bivalve population ecology; connectivity of marine populations and ecosystems; complex trophic interactions in marine communities; ecosystem function in relation to habitat quality,                                                       availability and utilization; long-term community patterns

 

Dr. Susan Fredericq (CWC-I)
Professor
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

(337) 482-1291
slf9209@louisiana.edu

Red algal systematics and seaweed biogeography; discovering and analyzing patterns of morphological and molecular evolution in Red Algae in the context of a collections-based research program

 

 

Dr. Anne Giblin
Senior Scientist/Interium Director
Marine Biological Laboratory

(508) 289-7488
agiblin@mbl.edu
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Cycling of elements in the environment, especially the biogeochemistry of nitrogen, sulfur, iron, and phosphorus in soils and sediments where element cycling takes place under different conditions of oxidation and reduction; examine how sediment processes either ameliorate or augment the effects of                                       anthropogenic inputs of elements to ecosystems

 

Dr. Linda Hooper-Bui
Associate Professor
Louisiana State University 

(225) 578-1832
lhooper@agctr.lsu.edu

Ecology of fire ants and other ants of ecological or economic importance

 

 

Dr. Haosheng Huang
Associate Professor
Louisiana State University 

(225) 578-5117
hhuang7@lsu.edu

Physical oceanography, circulation in regional seas and continental shelves, coastal and estuarine circulation dynamics, unstructured grid numerical modeling and data assimilation, tide and storm surge simulation, bio-physical interaction and ecosystem modeling

 

 

Dr. Olaf Jensen
Assistant Professor
Rutgers University

(410) 812-4842
ojensen@marine.rutgers.edu
Lab Website

Fisheries science and management and the ecology of freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems

 

 

Dr. Dubravko Justic
Distinguished Professor & Texaco Distinguished Professor
Louisiana State University

(225) 578-6394
djusti1@lsu.edu
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Ecosystem modeling, biological oceanography, coastal eutrophication, hypoxia, impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems

 

Dr. Michael Kearney
Professor
University of Maryland

(301) 405-4057
kearneym@umd.edu

Sea level rise; coastal marshes in the Chesapeake Bay; shore erosion; disappearing islands and land loss; sedimentation in the Bay; remote sensing; impacts of storms on storm surge processes

 

Dr. Jerome LaPeyre (CWC-I)
Associate Professor
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center

(225) 578-5419
JLaPeyre@agcenter.lsu.edu

Oyster diseases

 

 

 

Dr. Paola Lopez-Duarte
Assistant Research Professor
Rutgers University 

(609) 296-5260 ext 280
lopez-duarte@rutgers.edu
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My research interests focus on the behavior and ecology of marine and estuarine invertebrates and fish, especially the factors controlling larval dispersal and recruitment to adult habitats. As a member of the CWC, our group’s objective is to evaluate the long-term effects of the 2010 Gulf of                                               Mexico Oil Spill on marsh fishes in Louisiana.

 

Giulia-MariottiDr. Giulio Mariotti
Assistant Professor
Louisiana State University

(617) 324-3950
giulio.mariotti@gmail.com
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My research focuses on the processes that shape coastal environments. I am interested in coupling physical and biochemical aspects, e.g. ecogeomorphology and biogeology. I carry forward my research using mathematical models, laboratory experiments and field work. My current agenda encompasses three main topics: 1) Wetland response to sea level rise, sediment supply                                                             and storminess. 2) Coupled dynamics of sediment & biofilms / microbial-mats. 3) Carbonate                                                        platform sedimentary processes.

 

Dr. Charles W Martin
Research Assistant Professor, Estuarine Ecology
University of Florida/Institutue of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nature Coast Biological Station

(256) 504-1432
charles.martin@ufl.edu
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Dr. Ed Overton
Professor Emeritus
Louisiana State University

(225) 578-8634
ebovert@lsu.edu
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Understanding the fates and distributions of hydrocarbons following an oil spill, the evironmental chemistry of hazardous chemicals, and the detection of environmental pollutants at the site of sample collection

 

Dr. Michael Parsons
Professor/ Director of Coastal Watershed Institute
Florida Gulf Coast University

(239) 590-7526
mparsons@fgcu.edu

Coastal eutrophication, harmful algae, cold core eddies, and estuarine ecology;  harmful microalgae (Pseudo-nitzschia spp., Gambierdiscus spp., and Karenia brevis), transfer of biotoxins into marine foodwebs, and the role of eutrophication in altering coastal foodwebs and promoting harmful algal blooms

 

Dr. James Paruk
Center for Loon Conservation Senior Scientist
Center for Loon Conservation Biodiversity Research Institute

(207) 887-7160
jim.paruk@briloon.org

Loon conservation, in particular threats to their survival, such as lead poisoning, botulism, and oil spills in their wintering environment, Loon migration and pathways, in particular movements of young adults

 

Michael-Polito-HeadShot210-290Dr. Michael Polito
Assistant Professor
Louisiana State University
(225) 578-6308
mpolito@lsu.edu
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Stable isotope ecology,  Food web dynamics and anthropogenic contaminants,  Ecology of marine birds                                         and mammals,  Invasive species biology

 

Dr. Brian Roberts
Associate Professor and REU Program Director
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

(985) 851-2821
broberts@lumcon.edu
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Ecosystems ecology; biogeochemistry; ecosystem transformation and retaining of nutrients and energy; regulating mechanisms of autotrophic/heterotrophic balance and biogeochemical cycling and                   transport of materials in altered ecosystems as a result of anthropogenic effects

 

shresthaDr. Ramesh Shrestha
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor
University of Houston, National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping

(832) 842-8882
rshrest2@central.uh.edu

My primary research focus is in the applications of new and evolving technologies such as laser scanning and digital mapping technology to provide research‐grade data to scientists all across the                                                            country.

 

Dr. Philip Stouffer
Professor
Louisiana State University/LSU AgCenter

(225) 578-4221
PStouffer@agcenter.lsu.edu
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Ecology and conservation of birds

 

 

 

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Dr. Kersey Sturdivant (CWC-I)
McCurdy Post Doctoral Scholar
Duke University Marine Lab

252-504-7678
kersey.sturdivant@duke.edu

Coastal hypoxia, benthic ecology, image analysis

 

 

 

Dr. Annette Summers Engel
Jones Professor of Aqueous Geochemistry
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

(865) 974-2366
aengel1@utk.edu
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Geomicrobiology, microbial geochemistry; ecology; geosciences and geochemistry; ecological indicators; microbiology; hydrocarbon degradation potential of microbes in coastal environments that                                                          were unimpacted and impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

 

 

 

Dr. Sabrina Taylor
Assistant Professor
Louisiana State University/LSU AgCenter

(225) 578-4137
staylor@agcenter.lsu.edu
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Population-level genetic structure in threatened species; historical population structure (using museum DNA); relationships between genetic variation and fitness in individuals; genetic aspects of behavioral                                          ecology (inbreeding avoidance, extra-pair paternity)

 

Dr. R. Eugene Turner
Professor/ Director of Coastal Ecology Institute
Louisiana State University
(225) 578-6454
euturner@lsu.edu
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Biological oceanography, conservation, environmental management, estuarine ecology, fisheries ecology, restoration, sustainable systems, wetlands

 

ann_h_1305904276Ann Hayward Walker
President
SEA Consulting Group
(757) 331-1787
ahwalker@seaconsulting.com
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20150522-Stefan-Woltmann-1224crop1Dr. Stefan Woltmann
Assistant Professor
Austin Peay State University
(931) 221-7772
woltmanns@apsu.edu

Avian Dispersal, Conservation Genetics, Conservation Biology, Neotropical Bird Ecology, Bird Migration

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