Former Students & their Current Positions


Aaron Pierce (Ph.D. 2005, Univ. Tennessee) Current Position: Associate Professor, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA. Dissertation Title: Sedimentation, hydrology, and bottomland hardwood forest succession in altered and unaltered tributaries of the Hatchie River, TN

Marie Perkins (M.S. 2007, LSU) Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate, McGill University, Quebec, Canada. Thesis Title: Use of stable isotopes to distinguish resident and migrant rails in coastal Louisiana and Texas

Jonathon Valente (M.S. 2009, LSU) Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate, Oregon State University, OR. Thesis Title: Distribution and habitat associations of breeding secretive marsh birds in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley of Northeast Louisiana

Sanjeev Joshi (M.S. 2012, LSU) Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate, Louisiana State University. Thesis Title: Evaluation of growth rates and establishment patterns of water-elm (Planera aquatica) and baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) in response to hydrologic and climatic conditions at Catahoula Lake, Louisiana

Drew Fowler (M.S. 2013, LSU) Current Position: Ph.D. Student, University of Missouri, Columbia. Thesis Title: Evaluating abiotic influences on soil salinity of inland managed wetlands and agricultural fields in a semi-arid environment

Federal Agency (U.S.)

Sonja Oswalt (M.S. 2003, Univ. Tennessee) Current Position: Forest Resource Analyst, U.S. Forest Service, Knoxville, TN. Thesis Title: Evaluation and description of a floodplain system: the Middle Fork Forked Deer River, West Tennessee

Sergio Pierluissi (M.S. 2006, LSU) Current Position: Regional Coordinator, Partners for Wildlife Program, USFWS Region 3, Bloomington, MN. Thesis Title: Breeding waterbird use of rice fields in southwestern Louisiana

Rachel Villani (M.S. 2010, LSU) Current Position: Ecologist, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA. Thesis Title: Multi-scale habitat associations of shorebirds during spring migration in Southwestern Louisiana rice fields

Shelton Whittington (M.S. 2005, Univ. Tennessee) Current Position: District Biologist, U.S. Forest Service, Oxford, MS. Thesis Title: Aquatic macroinvertebrates available to wintering waterfowl in managed and natural wetlands in west Tennessee

Federal Agency (International)

Sung Ryong “Jackie” Kang (Ph.D. 2011, LSU) Current Position: Leader of International Cooperation Team and Head of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, National Institute of Ecology, Maseomyon, Seocheongun, Chungcheongnamdo, Republic of Korea. Dissertation Title: Aquatic macroinvertebrate and nekton community structure in a Chenier marsh ecosystem: implications for Whooping Crane prey availability


Nicholas Winstead (M.S. 2004, Univ. of Tennessee) Current Position: State Ornithologist, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Jackson, MS. Thesis Title: Breeding bird and vegetation communities of Reelfoot Lake

Sarah Hamilton (M.S. 2014, LSU) Current Position: Farm Bill Specialist, North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts, Bismarck, ND. Thesis Title: Effect of hydrologic, geomorphic, and vegetative conditions on avian communities in the Middle Rio Grande of New Mexico


Sarah Barlow (M.S. 2007, LSU) Current Position: Park Coordinator, Sandy Creek Park, Athens, GA. Thesis Title: Monitoring anuran richness and relative abundance in created wetlands of central Louisiana


Patti Newell Wohner (M.S. 2008, LSU) Current Position: Restoration Ecologist/Manager, Southern Sierra Research Station, CA; (received Ph.D. at University of Georgia; Dr. Robert Cooper advisor) Thesis Title: Pileated woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) and saproxylic beetles in partial cut and uncut bottomland hardwood forests

Brad Pickens (Ph.D. 2012, LSU) Current Position: Coastal Spatial Ecologist, National Audubon Society, Wilmington, NC. Dissertation Title: Modeling the spatial and temporal dynamics of coastal marsh birds

Cullen Foley (M.S. 2015, LSU) Current Position: Conservation Finance and Land Protection Manager, The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA. Thesis Title: Evaluation of macroinvertebrate and wading bird communities in rice fields and crawfish ponds of southwestern Louisiana


Wes Cochran (M.S. 2008, LSU) Current Position: Analysis, JS Lovejoy CPA and Associates, Loveland, CO. Thesis Title: Coarse woody debris characteristics of managed and unmanaged bottomland hardwood forests

Hugo Gee (Ph.D. 2012, LSU) Current Position: Biologist, Millenium ES Solutions, Calgary, Canada. Dissertation Title: The effects of hydrologic modifications on floodplain forest tree recruitment and growth in the Mississippi River Alluvial Valley, USA

revised: 23-Apr-2018