Sammy L. King
USGS Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Adjunct Associate Professor
LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources


  • Doctorate of Philosophy - Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, 1994
  • Master of Science - Zoology and Wildlife Science, Auburn University, 1990
  • Bachelor of Science - Biology, Nicholls State University, 1987


Our (me and my students) research tends to focus on important conservation issues that deal with wetlands and wetland-dependent wildlife, particularly waterbirds. We use a systems-based perspective of wetlands to understand the important biotic and abiotic processes in these systems and how current or proposed alterations can improve or degrade wetlands or the organisms dependent upon them.

We work (or have worked) in floodplains in the eastern and western U.S., rice fields, crawfish ponds, and coastal marshes and work/have worked with Whooping and Sandhill Cranes, songbirds, King Rails and other secretive marshbirds. We frequently work in interdisciplinary teams with hydrologists, landscape ecologists, land resource managers, soil scientists, foresters, and invertebrate ecologists. We also work closely with state and federal resource management agencies to identify current and emerging issues and to transfer knowledge from our research and their experiences. See Current Research for more information.

Rail and Waterbird Research

Forested Wetland Research

Coastal Prairie Research

Sandhill Crane Research

revised: 23-Apr-2018