Graduate Students

Check out the wide range of research projects being done by our current graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Graduate Student Advisor Thesis Title
Alexa Ballinger Bonvillain Population characteristics of red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii from two hydrologically different large river-floodplain systems in southeast Louisiana
Brandon Bergeron Bonvillain Diets of invertivorous and piscivorous fishes from two hydrologically different Louisiana river-floodplain systems
David Bird Boopathy A water chemistry analysis, bacteriological survey, and observation of acquired antibiotic resistance in Bayou Lafourche, LA
Emily Bodin Ferrara Production and elimination in spotted gar Lepisosteus oculatus and alligator gar Atractosteus spatula embryos and larvae
Shalee Britton Graham
Kristen Chatelain Fontenot Soil characteristics of recently restored coastal habitats
Andrew Cumberland Fontenot Assessment of armored catfish presence in Bayou Lafourche
Richard Grabert Boopathy The effect of tetracycline on the nitrogen cycle in sewage treatment
Joey Heintz Willis Exposure of Avicennia germinans to an oil concentration of variable durations and a look into oiled soil composition
Justin Homer Willis Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) seedling growth in a forest receiving secondarily treated municipal effluent
Rissa Inselman  Bonvillain Assessment of cultch placement along an eroding shoreline to facilitate protection and recruit oysters for commercial harvest
Olajuwon Jimoh Graham Linking variation in belowground biomass to soil shear strength and carbon sequestration in Louisiana wetlands
Kellyn LaCour-Conant Ferrara  Vegetative propagation of Lycium carolinianum
Andria Ostrowski Zou Hormonal control of epidermal carbonic anhydrase and exoskeletal metal deposition in the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus
Adam Quade Graham Long-term impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil exposure on the southern ribbed mussel (Geukensia granosissma) and the implications for salt marsh-stabilizing facilitation
 Alexis Rixner Fontenot Comparison of bowfin Amia calva diets and reproductive activity in the upper Barataria Estuary and Atchafalaya River Basin
Gabrielle Sisson Bonvillain Population assessment of crayfish in the eastern Atchafalaya River Basin
Seth Van Dexter Boopathy The relationship between diet, population genetic structure, and the microbiome in the Formosan subterranean termite Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki in Louisiana, USA
 Ellie Wallace Fontenot Comparison of finfish community structure between the Atchafalaya River Basin and the upper Barataria Estuary, Louisiana