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Dr. William E. Kelso
  • William E. Kelso
  • F.O. Bateman Professor of Renewable Natural Resources

  • 118 Renewable Natural Resources Building
  • Louisiana State University and LSU Agricultural Center
  • Baton Rouge, LA 70803

  • 225-578-4176

I began my career as a fisheries biologist, having majored in biology at Florida State University (B.S.), and fisheries at the University of Massachusetts (M.S.) and Virginia Tech (Ph.D.). I discovered the diversity of other organisms that also inhabit freshwater systems during my graduate programs, and have gradually added zooplankton, macroinvertebrates, and most recently, aquatic plants to my research interests.

Louisiana is a wonderful location for an aquatic ecologist, with highly productive sub-tropical rivers, streams and lakes that support a huge diversity of aquatic life, both native and introduced. The Atchafalaya River Basin is one of the few large bottomland hardwood floodplains left in the U.S., and has provided numerous opportunities for research projects. There are always new questions to ask, and I have been fortunate to work with many good people at state and federal agencies that have provided funding for my studies.

Use the links to learn more about my teaching, research, and my lab.