Nyman, S. patens, and S. lancifolia


Wetland Wildlife Ecology

School of Renewable Natural Resources

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

phone: (225) 578-4220

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Every year the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is proud to honor individuals and organizations demonstrating extraordinary commitment to the coast with CRCL Coastal Stewardship Awards.  These awards are CRCL’s highest form of recognition for those who go above and beyond for our coast, ...  ​CRCL’s Coastal Stewardship Awards recognize individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to the conservation and restoration of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands

In 2020, CRCL’s Coastal Stewardship Awards recognizes Dr. Nyman. Andy Nyman is a professor in LSU’s School of Renewable Natural Resources who has published more than 80 journal articles addressing wetlands. From west of Calcasieu Lake to the mouth of the Mississippi River, he has worked with and learned from graduate students, hunters and fishers, landowners, and employees of NGOs, and state and federal agencies.

For more information on the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, the other 2020 award winners, and to purchase tickets for the 25th Annual Coastal Stewardship Awards banquet see:

Purposes of this page are to attract students to courses that I teach, to attract graduate students to my lab, and to communicate research results to peers. From this page you can learn what I’m teaching, what my research interests are, what it’s like to be a graduate student in my lab, and download research publications.

Some Background: I was hired to study wetland wildlife ecology. I’m happy to work in Louisiana where wetlands are larger, more abundant, and managed/restored (not only protected) more than elsewhere. You can see my CV for details, but briefly… I worked for Bob Chabreck and earned a M.S. with a major in Wildlife from this department in 1989. I then worked for Ron D. DeLaune at LSU’s Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute from 1989 to 1994, and earned a Ph.D. in 1993 with a major in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences under the direction of William H. Patrick, Jr. In 1994, I declined a tenure-track position way up north and took a completely self-funded research position in the Biology Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 2001, I returned to LSU as an Assistant Professor with a research/teaching split of 60/40 (the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center provides 60% of the salary whereas Louisiana State University provides 40% of the salary). In 2006, I was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor; in 2012 I was promoted to Professor.

Research Overview: My most cited papers address the response of coastal marshes to sea-level rise or petroleum pollution; my more recent papers address waterbirds, Spartina patens leaf tissue chemistry (we're basing a new wetland restoration planning technique on an old technique farmers use to plan fertilizer application), or denitrification.

Five Most Recent Publications:

  • Patton, B.A., J.A. Nyman and M.K. La Peyre. Accepted. Living on the edge: Multi-scale analyses of bird habitat use in coastal marshes of Barataria Basin, Louisiana, USA. Wetlands.
  • Knight, I.A., J.T. Cronin, M. Gill, J.A. Nyman, B.E. Wilson, and R. Diaz. in press. Investigating plant phenotype, salinity, and infestation by the Roseau Cane Scale as factors in the die-back of Phragmites australis in the Mississippi River Delta, USA. Wetlands.
  • Hillman, E.R., V.H. Rivera-Monroy, J.A. Nyman and M.K. La Peyre. 2020. Estuarine submerged aquatic vegetation habitat provides organic carbon storage across a shifting landscape. Science of the Total Environment. 717(2020)137217.
  • Hiatt, M., G. Snedden, J.W. Day, R.V. Rohli, J.A. Nyman, R. Lane, and L.A. Sharp. 2019. Drivers and impacts of water level fluctuations in the Mississippi River delta: Implications for delta restoration. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 224:117-137.
  • Knight, I.A., B.E. Wilson, M. Gill, L. Aviles, J.T. Cronin, J.A. Nyman, S.A. Schneider, and R. Diaz. 2018. Invasion of Nipponaclerda biwakoensis (Hemiptera: Aclerdidae) and Phragmites australis die-back in southern Louisiana, USA. Biological Invasions

Five Most Cited Publications:

  • Nyman, J.A., R.J. Walters, R.D. DeLaune, and W.H. Patrick, Jr. 2006. Marsh vertical accretion via vegetative growth. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 69:370-380. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2006.05.041
  • Pezeshki, S.R., M.W. Hester, Q. Lin, and J.A. Nyman. 2000. The effects of oil spill and clean-up on dominant US Gulf Coast marsh macrophytes: a review. Environmental Pollution 108:129-139.
  • DeLaune, R.D., J.A. Nyman, and W.H. Patrick, Jr. 1994. Peat collapse, ponding, and wetland loss in a rapidly submerging coastal marsh. Journal of Coastal Research 10:1021-1030.
  • Nyman, J.A., R.D. DeLaune, H.H. Roberts, and W.H. Patrick, Jr. 1993. Relationship between vegetation and soil formation in a rapidly submerging coastal marsh. Marine Ecology Progress Series 96:269-279.
  • Nyman, J.A., R.D. DeLaune, and W.H. Patrick, Jr. 1990. Wetland soil formation in the rapidly subsiding Mississippi River Deltaic Plain: mineral and organic matter relationships. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 31:57-69.

Personal History: Born during 1960 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; raised in New Orleans, Louisiana; married and a father.