Previous Thesis Projects

Check out the wide variety of thesis projects our previous graduates have worked on.

Student Graduation Thesis Title
Leith Adams Spring 2004 Chemical control of the gut microbial population of the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus, and the isolation and identification of facultative bacteria from the gut
Angie Corbin Spring 2004 Recovery of F+ RNA specific bacteriophage for the evaluation of a marsh land upwelling system in low saline waters
Mark Doolittle Spring 2005 Use of natural products and lytic peptides to control the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus, and the isolation, identification and characterization of Klebsiella pneumoniae sub. pneumoniae from the hindgut of the Formosan subterranean termite
Letha Dawson Fall 2005 Optimization of chemical pretreatment of post-harvest sugarcane residue for fuel alcohol production
Jennifer Lasseigne Fall 2005 Development of reproductive biomarkers in fish and amphibians
Laurie Rodrigue Fall 2005 Characterization of water quality along Bayou Terrebonne and Bayou Little Caillou, Louisiana
Ronnie Self Fall 2005 Isolating genomic biomarkers from the Louisiana red swamp crawfish, Procambarus clarkii
Cassie Addison Spring 2006 Temporal and spatial oyster recruitment patterns and growth from spat to seed in the Barataria Estuary
Christopher Bonvillain Spring 2006 The use of a low-water refuge in the Atchafalaya River Basin by adult spotted gar, Lepisosteus oculatus
Perry Boudreaux Spring 2006 Acute ammonia toxicity and chloride inhibition of nitrite uptake in non-teleost Actinopterygiian Fishes
Brandon Clark Spring 2006 Bioremediation of explosive-contaminated soil
Rhongzon Ye Spring 2006 The impact of hypoxia on bioaccumulation and metabolism of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon
Johnathan Davis Fall 2006 Reproductive biology, life history and population structure of a bowfin, Amia calva, population in southeastern Louisiana
Jacques Fontenot Fall 2006 Seasonal abundance, GSI and age structure of gizzard shad, Dorosoma cepedianum, in the Upper Barataria Basin
Chris Lyles Fall 2006 Biological treatment of shrimp aquaculture wastewater using a sequencing batch reactor pilot plant study
MattiLynn Dantin Spring 2007 Distribution and relative abundance of blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus, in the Upper Barataria Estuary
Michael Wiley Spring 2007 Estimation of over-wintering, population density and distribution of an exotic lizard, the Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei, in southeastern Louisiana using a novel tagging method
Heather Dyer Fall 2007 Seasonal Fish Assemblages of Bayou Lafourche Upstream and Downstream of the Thibodaux Weir
Ronnie Duke Spring 2008 Temporal and Spatial Oyster Survival and Growth Patterns from Seed to Market in the Barataria Estuary
Marcel Estay Spring 2008 Assessment of Water Quality in the Upper Barataria Estuary
Nick Gaspard Spring 2008 Comparison of Intertidal Oyster Populations Between a Rock Breakwater and a Natural Reef in Lower Barataria Estuary
Olivia Smith Spring 2008 Reproductive Potential and Life History of Spotted Gar Lepisosteus oculatus in the Upper Barataria Estuary
Yanling Meng Fall 2008
Impacts of molt-inhibiting organochlorine compounds on epidermal ecdysteroid signaling in the fiddler crab, Uca pugilator
Sean Jackson Spring 2009
Distribution and Abundance of Larval and Juvenile Fishes in the Upper Barataria Estuary
Dhritikshama Roy Summer 2009 Performance of Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) in Treating Synthetic and Shrimp Aquaculture Production Wastewater
Trevis Olivier Fall 2009 Effects of Temperature and Storage Regimes on the Germination Rates of Three Native Warm-Season Grasses
Jeremy Dunn Fall 2009 Effects of Phosphate on Growth in the Reef Coral Acropora formosa
Nicole Broussard Fall 2009 Stage Specific Potency and Phylogenetic Sensitivity of Gar Toxin
Komi Hassan Fall 2009 Optimization of a Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) for the Treatment of Shrimp Aquaculture Wastewater
Mark Suchy Fall 2009 Effects of Salinity on Growth and Survival of Larval and Juvenile Alligator Gar, Atractosteus spatula, and on Plasma Osmolality of Non-teleost Actinopterygiian Fishes
Nicole Eddlemon Fall 2009 Water Quality and Microbial Ecology of the Upper Barataria Estuary
Tim Clay Fall 2009 Growth Survival and Cannibalistic Rates of Alligator Gar Atractosteus spatula in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems
Kelsey Adkisson Spring 2010 Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Native and Invasive Bivalves in Bayou Lafourche, Louisiana
Sara Shields Spring 2010 Evaluation of Energy Cane for Lignocellulosic Ethanol Production
Cynthia Fox Spring 2010 Seasonal Abundance, Age Structure, Gonadosomatic Index, and Gonad Histology of Yellow Bass Morone mississippiensis in the upper Barataria Estuary, Louisiana
E.J. Raynor Spring 2010 Understanding the Use of Barrier Islands as Nesting Habitat for Louisiana Waterbirds
Susan Doty Summer 2010 Benthic Respiration and Nutrient Fluxes in the Atchafalaya River Delta Estuary
Saori Mine Summer 2010 Effects of Organic Acids on Shrimp Pathogen, Vibrio harveyi
Siva Nunna Summer 2010 Assessing ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase activity in Uca pugilator during the molting cycle
Mark Linson Fall 2010 Initial Oyster Reef-Building Potential on Constructed Shoreline Structures used for Erosion Control in a Louisiana Salt Marsh
Tabitha Owen Fall 2010 Habitat Requirements and Productivity of Colonial Waterbirds Nesting on the Isles Dernieres Barrier Island, Refuge
Rachel Ianni Spring 2011 Monitoring Diets and Growth Rates of Native Predatory Fish Stocked to Suppress Non-native Tilapia
Jenny Ledet Spring 2011 Sequence Analysis of Reproductive Biomarkers for Freshwater and Saltwater Species of the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary System
Clint Troxler Spring 2011 Change in the Fish Assemblage of the Upper Barataria Estuary Associated With Input From the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion
Justin Merrifield Fall 2011 A Study of Complement Activity and Antimicrobial Peptides in Spotted Gar Lepisosteus oculatus
Lisa Breaux Fall 2011 Evaluating the Effects of Salt Acclimation on the Growth and Survival of Spartina alterniflora
Billy Finney Spring 2012 Comparative Growth and Propagule Viability of Louisiana-Harvested Black Mangrove, Avicenia germinans
Amanda Playter Spring 2012 Body Size in Green Treefrogs (Hyla cinerea) Inhabiting the Lower Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary
Dan O’Malley Spring 2012 The Effects of Wave Energy and Emersion Regime on Initial Oyster Community Development on Constructed Oyster Reefs
Taren Manley Fall 2012 Spotted Gar Lepisosteus oculatus Diets in the Upper Barataria Estuary
Kent Bollfrass Fall 2012 Improving Growth Rates and Survival of Cultured Alligator Gar Atractosteus spatula With Live Feeds and Spotted Gar Lepisosteus oculatus With Thyroid Hormones
Victoria Bacheler Spring 2013 Constructed oyster reefs assist in creastion of habitat for fish and macroinvertebrate communities in Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana
Clayton Kern Spring 2013 Sustainable treatment and recovery of shrimp aquaculture wastewater using sequencing batch reactor
Bo Boudreaux Spring 2013 Assessment of largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides age, growth, gonad development, and diet in the upper Barataria Estuary
David Curtiss Summer 2013 Wintering waterbird habitat preference on the Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge, Louisiana
Travis Everage Fall 2013 A survey of antibiotic resistant bacteria in raw sewage and various treatment stages of the Thibodaux Sewage Treatment Plant
Maggie Bruce Fall 2013 Stomach content comparisons between fish associated with constructed and natural oyster reefs of Crassostrea viginica
Stacy Martinez Fall 2013 Anthropogenic molecular markers in Bayou Lafourche
Sam Wise Summer 2014 Anthropogenic microbial source tracking in Bayou Lafourche, Louisiana
Jeff Liechty Fall 2014 Diet composition and breeding site fidelity of royal tern and sandwich tern on Louisiana barrier islands
Ashlee Minor Fall 2014 Forested freshwater wetland responses to secondarily treated municipal effluent discharge
Tejashri Vaidya Spring 2015 Detection and characterization of humoral and cellular immune components in red drum Sciaenops ocellatus and black drum Pogonias cromis
Caleb Bourgeios Spring 2015 Predation, recruitment, and reef development of hooked mussels (Ischadium recurvum) and eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) on fabricated and natural oyster reefs
Kristin Buter Spring 2015 Seston clearance rates of bivalves on living shoreline oyster reefs from a northern Gulf of Mexico estuary
Jordan Bell Spring 2015 Effects of artificial perches on wintering diurnal raptor visitation and small mammal populations
Stacy Calhoun Summer 2015 Analysis of exoskeletal content and epidermal enzymatic activity during the molting cycle of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus
Michelle Felterman Summer 2015 Population dynamics, reproductive biology and diet of alligator gar Atractosteus spatula in Terrebonne Estuary and Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
John Grosch Fall 2015 Fish community structure in the hydrologically impaired upper Barataria Estuary, Louisiana
Chris Levron Fall 2015 Reproductive biology of a freshwater population of the Gulf Pipefish, Syngnathus scovelli, with comparison to populations of varying salinity found on the northern Gulf Coast
Eric Ledet Spring 2016 Diet composition of hunter-harvested waterfowl at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area
Abby Adams Spring 2016 Complement protein and erythrocyte derived peptides show antibacterial activity in hardhead catfish Ariopsis felis and yellow bullhead catfish Ameiurus natalis
Scott Bergeron Spring 2016 Presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes in the raw source water and treated drinking water in a southeast Louisiana water treatment plant
Ashley Booth Summer 2016 Impact of molt-inhibiting PBDEs on epidermal ecdysteroid signaling in Callinectes sapidus: an initial mechanistic look into disruption of crustacean molting
Samantha Hicks Fall 2016 Proximate cues underlying maternal care behavior in blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus
Nichole Lundberg Spring 2017 Physiological changes in two populations of ‘Atractosteus spatula’ larvae in response to acute salinity challenges
Eva Windhoffer Spring 2017 Evaluation of mammalian predator removal and video monitoring as management tools for waterbird conservation
Justin Duke Summer 2017 Comparison of life history characteristics of alligator gar Atractosteus spatula from southern Terrebonne Estuary and Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge
Sarah Bergeron Fall 2017 The microbial gut ecology of the red swamp crayfish, Procambarus clarkii
Lauren Kong
Fall 2017 Population characteristics of red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii from hydrologically impaired locations in the Atchafalaya River Basin
Meredith McKoin Fall 2017 The invasion of the Indo-Pacific coral, Tubastraea micranthus, in the northern Gulf of Mexico and the possibility of multiple introductions
Megan Nepshinsky Fall 2017 Sex determination of Royal and Sandwich Terns and identification of Royal Tern foraging movements during the breeding period
Frank Yrle Fall 2017 Spatio-temporal characterization of barrier island vegetation using a small unmanned aircraft system
David Bird Spring 2018 Water quality, bacteriological survey, and observation of acquired antibiotic resistance in Bayou Lafourche, Louisiana
Emily Bodin Spring 2018 Ammonia production and elimination in spotted gar Lepisosteus oculatus embryos and larvae
Richard Grabert Spring 2018 The effect of tetracycline on nitrogen and carbon removal in a local sewage treatment plant in Thibodaux, Louisiana
Gerard Lombardo Spring 2018 Interactive effects of Triclosan and cadmium expsoure on molting and reproduction in the water flea, Daphnia magna
Andria Ostrowski Spring 2018 Hormonal control of epidermal carbonic anhydrase and exoskeletal metal deposition in the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus
Alexis Rixner Spring 2018 Comparison of bowfin, Amia calva, diets and reproductive activity in the upper Barataria Estuary and Atchafalaya River Basin
Seth Van Dexter Spring 2018 Analysis of termite microbiome and degradation of phenol by bacteria isolated from termite gut
Ellie Wallace
Summer 2018 Comparison of finfish assemblages between the Atchafalaya River Basin and the upper Bartaria Estuary, Louisiana
Alexa Ballinger
Fall 2018 Population characteristics of red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii from two hydrologically different large river-floodplain systems in Louisiana
Kristen Chatelain
Fall 2018 Soil chemistry characteristics of recently restored coastal ridge habitats
Kellyn LaCour-Conant
Fall 2018 Vegetative propagation, fruit and seed morphology, and gametophytic self-incompatibility of Lycium carolinianum populations in coastal Louisiana
Justin Homer
Spring 2019 Assessment of habitat sustainability in a forested wetland receiving municipal wastewater