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Melinda Hughes

Research Associate

Room 218, RNR Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

phone: (225)225-578-4940
email: mhughes@lsu.edu

EDUCATION
  • B.S., Forestry, Louisiana Tech University
  • M.S., Botany, Louisiana Tech University
RESEARCH INTERESTS

As a research associate for the School of Renewable Natural Resources, Melinda served as the coordinator of the project “Managing Louisiana Forests for Water Quality” where she worked closely with local, state, and federal agencies to address forestry and water quality issues within the State. She was instrumental in co-publishing “Managing Louisiana’s Forests for Water Quality”, an overview of the importance of protecting forested stream habitats and wetland ecosystems.

Currently her research efforts include baldcypress and bottomland hardwood growth responses to environmental stresses, and regeneration of bottomland hardwoods. She is a member of the Governor's Coastal Wetland Forest Conservation and Use Science Working Group.

Other work experiences includes Research Associate at Louisiana Tech University where she coordinated two projects funded by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. She also served as a Research Associate for the Hill Farm Research Station and worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a Soil Scientist where she was instrumental in developing and implementing the first, national, long-term forest soil productivity study. Her work experience also includes three years as an Environmental Specialist for Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Water Quality.

PUBLICATIONS
  • Keim, R.F., Chambers, J.L, Hughes, M.S., Dimov, L.D., Conner, W.H.,Shaffer, G.P., Gardiner, E.S., Day, J.W. 2006. Long-Term Success of Stump Sprouts in Cutover High-Graded Baldcypress–Water Tupelo Swamps in the Mississippi Delta. Forest Ecology and Management 234:24-33.
  • Chambers, J.L., Conner, W.H., Day, J.W., Faulkner, S.P., Gardiner, E.S., Hughes, M.S., Keim, R.F., King, S.L., McLeod, K.W., Miller, C.A., Nyman, J.A., and Shaffer, G.P. 2005. Conservation, protection and utilization of Louisiana's Coastal Wetland Forests. Final Report to the Governor of Louisiana from the Coastal Wetland Forest Conservation and Use Science Working Group. (special contributions from Aust, W.M., Goyer, R.A., Lenhard, G.J., Souther-Effler, R.F., Rutherford, D.A., and Kelso, W.E.). 121p.
  • Chambers, J.L., Conner, W.H., Day, J.W., Faulkner, S.P., Gardiner, E.S., Hughes, M.S., Keim, R.F., King, S.L., McLeod, K.W., Miller, C.A., Nyman, J.A., and Shaffer, G.P. 2005. Conservation, protection and utilization of Louisiana's Coastal Wetland Forests. Final Report to the Governor of Louisiana from the Coastal Wetland Forest Conservation and Use Science Working Group. (special contributions from Aust, W.M., Goyer, R.A., Lenhard, G.J., Souther-Effler, R.F., Rutherford, D.A., and Kelso, W.E.). 121p.
  • Keim, R.F., J.L. Chambers, M.S. Hughes, W.H. Conner, J.W. Day Jr., S.P. Faulkner, E.S. Gardiner, S.L. King, K.W. McLeod, C.A. Miller, J.A. Nyman, G.P. Shaffer, and L. Dimov. 2006. Long-term success of stump sprouts in baldcypress. pp. 559-563.Conner, Kristina F. (ed.) Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-92. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station.
  • Keim R.F., J.L. Chambers, M.S. Hughes, J.A. Nyman, C.A. Miller, W.H. Conner, J.W. Day Jr., S.P. Faulkner, E.S. Gardiner, S.L. King, K.W. McLeod, and G.P. Shaffer. 2006. Ecological consequences of changing hydrological conditions in wetland forests of coastal Louisiana. pp. 383-395. In ((ed) Y. Jun Xu. Coastal Environment and Water Quality. Proceedings of 25th American Institute of Hydrology. International Conference on Challenges in Coastal Hydrology and Water Quality. Water Resources Publications. Highlands Range, CO. 519 p.
  • Chambers, J.L., W.H. Conner, R.F. Keim, S.P. Faulkner, J.W. Day Jr., E.S. Gardiner, M.S. Hughes, S.L. King, K.W. McLeod, C.A. Miller, J.A. Nyman, and G.P. Shaffer. 2006. Towards sustainable management of Louisiana's coastal wetland forest: Problems, constraints, and a new beginning. pp. 150-157. ASABE International Conference on Forest Hydrology and Management of Forest Wetlands. Publisher, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, St. Joseph Michigan.
revised: 07-Feb-2019 7:06