Current Research

Ecology and Sustainability of Coastal Wetland Forests:

Cypress Forest in South Louisiana Coastal Forest Wetlands, their deterioration and potential demise are important issues in the state of Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. Changes in subsidence and hydrological regimes caused by levee construction, oil and gas exploration, construction of navigation canals, and alterations in drainage when combined with global climate change have led to this decline and deterioration of coastal wetland forests. Additional stress has been caused by saltwater intrusion, insects and tropical storms.

Research is focused on tree and forest responses to environmental change and forest practices. Of particular interest are issues concerning forest health, sustainability and productivity, especially those related to regeneration and restoration of the coastal wetland forests.

At right: Baldcypress-Tupelo Forest in Louisiana

Goals include:
  • Characterization of cypress-tupelo site conditions within the matrix of flooding and salinity conditions
  • Development of indices that allow identification of Regeneration Condition Classesfor specific site conditions
  • Enhanced methods of regeneration for Regeneration Condition Class I and Class II cypress-tupelo stands
  • Reliable establishment through enhanced growth of natural seedlings
  • Techniques for sustainable management and protection of wetland forests
Recent Graduate Thesis Publications
  • Hsueh, Yu-Hsin. May 2015. Microtopographic Ecohydrology of a Forested Wetland in Louisiana (pdf)
  • Rutherford, Marcus. August 2015. Analyzing Site Suitability for Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) Regeneration Along a Hydrologic Gradient in South Louisiana Swamps (pdf)

Surviving the Environmental Challenges

Cypress-Tupelo with invading Floating Aquatic Plants

Old Growth Cypress

Measuring Whole-Tree Water Flux

Restoring Baldcypress Wetland

Understanding Bottomland Hardwood Growth

The ability to regenerate is the first key to sustainable forests!
The statements included on this webpage are those of Jim L. Chambers only. Any statement or opinions included in these pages are not those of the LSU Agricultural Center, Louisiana State University, the LSU Board of Supervisors or the School of Renewable Natural Resources
revised: 26-Oct-2015 14:27