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Dissertations from 2018

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The Tensile Root Strength of Emergent Coastal Macrophytes, Lauris Olivia Hollis

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Carbon Dioxide Fluxes and Plants Interactions across the Succession of a Created Brackish Marsh in Southwestern Louisiana, Andy T. Muench

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Influence of Black Mangrove Expansion on Salt Marsh Faunal Communities of Eastern Coastal Louisiana, Christina Powell

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The Influence of River Discharge on Fishes and Invertebrates Associated with Small Oil and Gas Platforms in Nearshore Louisiana, David Bradley Reeves

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Effects of Oil on Mollusk and Crustacean Populations, Behavior, and Predator-Prey Interactions, Elizabeth Marie Robinson

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Effects of Natural and Anthropogenic Forcing on Marsh Channel Evolution, Jeremiah Robinson

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Sediment and Plant Dynamics in a Degrading Coastal Louisiana Landscape, Glenn Michael. Suir

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Natural and Anthropogenic Impacts on Sediment Dynamics and Preservation in Contrasting Mississippi Deltaic Coastal Environments, Jiaze Wang

Theses from 2017

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Blue Carbon Accumulation and Microbial Community Composition in a Chronosequence of Created Coastal Marshes in the Chenier Plain, Louisiana, Katherine Mary Abbott

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Ecotoxicological Assessment of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the Mississippi River Coastal Watershed and Offshore Shoaling Regions of the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Laura Marie Basirico

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Differential Responses of Soil Greenhouse Gas Production and Denitrification to Salinity Alterations Along a Wetland Salinity Gradient, Natalie Ceresnak

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Development and Application of a MODIS Inorganic Sediment Model during the 2016 Mississippi River Diversion in Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, Robert Lee Iles IV

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Characterization of Carbon Flow in a Barataria Bay, Louisiana, Salt Marsh Using Trophic Biomarkers, Jessica J. Johnson

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Estuarine Water Quality and Dynamics in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Using Field and Satellite Observations, Ishan Joshi

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Sediment Transport and Slope Stability in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Jeffrey Blake Obelcz

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How Dredge Pits Evolve Over Time: A Look At Their Geomorphologic Evolution and Infilling Processes, Patrick Robichaux

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Examining the benefits of a large, intermittent river diversion into the Maurepas Swamp, Jeffrey Scott Rutherford

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Modeling the Influence of Energy and Climate Megatrends on Future Costs and Benefits of Marsh Creation in the Mississippi Delta, Adrian R. H. Wiegman

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Biogeochemical Processes Linked to Important Ecosystem Services in Restored and Natural Louisiana Wetlands, Sarah Elizabeth Wood

Theses from 2016

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The Effect of Artificial Light on the Community Structure and Distribution of Reef-Associated Fishes at Oil and Gas Platforms in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Victoria Anne Barker

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Dynamics of Land Building and Ecological Succession in a Prograding Deltaic Floodplain, Wax Lake Delta, LA, USA, Azure Elizabeth Bevington

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Everglades Mangrove Forest Response to Large-Scale Disturbance: Long-Term Assessment of Structural and Functional Properties, Tess Marie Danielson

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Interactions among Hydrology, Sediment and Vegetation in Accreting Wax Lake Delta: Physical and Biogeochemical Implications for Coastal Louisiana Restoration, Courtney Erin Elliton

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The Role of Upper Ocean Heat Content and Sea Surface Temperature on Northeast Pacific Hurricane Evolution during Average and Active Years, Victoria Lauren Ford

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Feeding Ecology of Red Snapper and Greater Amberjack at Standing Platforms in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Disentangling the Effects of Artificial Light, Kristin Leanne Foss

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Investigating Species and Population Level Foraging Variation and Individual Specialization in Pygoscelis Penguins Using Stable Isotope Analysis, Rachael W. Herman

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A Contemporary Approach to a Classic Model: Exploring the Influence of Local Interactions and Disturbance on Mangrove Forest Dynamics with a Spatially-Explicit Version of FORMAN, Kieley Shannon Hurff

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The Effect of Restoration on Nitrate Reduction and Biogeochemical Functioning in Louisiana Wetlands: Bottomland Hardwood Forests and Deltaic Sediments, Nia R. Hurst

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Simulating Behavioral Microcystin Impairment in Fish, Nicholas Richard Keeney

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Modeling the Effects of Hypoxia on Fish Movement in the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone, Elizabeth Dawn LaBone

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Implications of the Long-term Presence of Crude Oil from the Deepwater Horizon Spill on Salt Marsh Biogeochemistry, Brian Michael Levine

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Plankton Communities and Marine Snow in the Gulf of Mexico as Estimated by the Video Plankton Recorder (VPR) During Spring 2011, Fredrick Donald Marin

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Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency after Major Disturbances, Giovanna McClenachan

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Fishes Associated with Oil and Gas Platforms in Louisiana's River-Influenced Nearshore Waters, Ryan Thomas Munnelly

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Characterization and Modeling of Sediment Settling, Consolidation and Suspension to Optimize the Retention Rate of Sediment Diversions for Coastal Restoration, Xiaoyu Sha

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Comparison of Group Size, Abundance Estimates and Movement Patterns of Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Mississippi Sound, Mississippi, Carrie Sinclair

Dissertations from 2015

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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Dynamics in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Puspa Lal Adhikari

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Effects of Oil Spill and Recovery of Terrestrial Arthropods in Louisiana Saltmarsh Ecosystem, Wokil Bam

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Habitat Preferences of Adult Spotted Seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus, in Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, Noelle Marie Bramer

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Otoliths Then and Now: A Study of Ancient and Modern Fish Populations in Louisiana's Coastal Waters, Marshall James Kormanec

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Fish Assemblage Structure, Distribution, and Trophic Ecology at Northwestern Gulf of Mexico Banks, Todd Langland

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Oil and Gas Platforms on Ship Shoal, Northern Gulf of Mexico as Habitat for Reef-Associated Organisms, David Bradley Reeves

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Fish Biomass and Community Structure Around Standing and Toppled Oil and Gas Platforms in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Using Hydroacoustic and Video Surveys, Emily Marissa Reynolds

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Anthropogenic Impacts on Soil Microbial Processes in Coastal Wetlands: Nutrient Loading and Rising CO2 Levels, Havalend Ellen Steinmuller

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Holecene Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction from the Shark River Estuary, Everglades, Florida, Qiang Yao

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Numerical Simulation of Cold Front-Related Hydrodynamics of Wax Lake Delta, Qian Zhang

Dissertations from 2014

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Numerical Experiments of Hurricane Impact on Vertical Mixing and De-Stratification of the Louisiana Shelf Waters, Mohammadnabi Allahdadi

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Holocene Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction From Mexico's Pacific Coast-A Paleotempestological Investigation, Thomas Bianchette

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Temporal Variability of Particulate Organic Carbon Fluxes in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Somiddho Bosu

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Does Reproductive Potential of Red Snapper in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Differ Among Natural and Artificial Habitats?, Hilary Day Glenn

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Polonium-210 dynamics in the northern Gulf of Mexico, Patrick Robert Jones

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Addressing the land loss-fish production paradox, Kristy A. Lewis

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CDOM optical properties near DWH site, Gulf of Mexico: pot oil spill, Zhi Li

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Effects of Storm Surge and Nutrient Loading on Coastal Wetland Soil Processes: Implications for Ecosystem Function, Morgan McKee

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Hurricane-Induced Geologic Change and Palynological Assessment of a Rapidly Subsiding Deltaic Environment in Coastal Louisiana, James Dustin Naquin

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Legacy Phosphorus Implications in the Lake Pontchartrain Estuary Sediment Due to the 2011 Bonnet Carre Spillway Opening, Nhan Thanh Nguyen

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Phytoplankton Response to South Louisiana Crude Oil Exposure: Determining Impacts at Individual, Community, Toxin Production, Enzymatic-Activity and Gene-Expression Levels, Koray Ozhan

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Failed Agricultural Impoundments: An Interdisciplinary Assessment of Community Structure and Social Resilience, Stacy Nicole Peterson

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Effect of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Critical Marsh Soil Microbial Functions, Jason Paul Pietroski

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Nutrient and Sediment Effects on Oligohaline Marsh Plant Community in Mississippi River Delta, Sareh Poormahdi

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Assessment of Habitat Quality for Red Snapper, Lutjanus campechanus, in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico: Natural vs. Artificial Reefs, Brittany Dawn Schwartzkopf

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Methods for the Characterization of Deep-Sea Benthic Megafauna in the Vicinity of the Deepwater Horizon Macondo Well, Stephanie Marie Sharuga

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Cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms in South Louisiana estuaries : a synthesis of field research, management implications, and outreach, Emily Anne Smith

Dissertations from 2013

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Incorporating science-based approaches into the rapid assessment of wetlands and streams : validation, restoration trajectory, and method development, Jacob Franklin Berkowitz

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Spatial structure and dynamics of the plant communities in a pro-grading river delta : Wax Lake Delta, Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana, Melissa Carle

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Depositional history of the Trinity-Tiger Shoals region : a transgressed delta complex of the middle Holocene Mississippi Delta, Clint Hoyt Edrington

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Decade-scale Nutrient Enrichment Effects on Wetland Plant Community Structure, Function, and Stability, Sean A. Graham

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Acoustic biomass of fish associated with an oil and gas platform before, during, and after "reefing" it in the northern Gulf of Mexico, Grace Elizabeth Harwell

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The Feasibility of Using Vanadium and Nickel to Track Oil Spills in Coastal Environments, Sean Patrick Kenny

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Oligohaline wetland response and recovery following storm-driven saltwater intrusion in coastal Louisiana, Whitney Marie Kiehn

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Impacts of artificial reef addition on the nekton community of Louisiana marsh ponds: a before-after-control-impact analysis, Kari Elizabeth Klotzbach

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A Study of the Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Ichthyoplankton and Post-larval Penaeids Recruiting into a Louisiana Tidal Pass, Matthew John Kupchik

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Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Interactions With Chitin In Response To Environmental Factors, Vanessa Molina

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A multi-scale investigation of nutrient dynamics in the Lake Pontchartrain Estuary and Basin, Eric Daniel Roy

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Reef fish demographics on Louisiana artificial reefs : the effects of reef size on biomass distribution and foraging dynamics, Kirsten A. Simonsen

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Patterns and Pathways of Wetland Sedimentation and Landscape Change in Coastal Louisiana, Andrew William Tweel

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Characterization of Epibenthic and Demersal Megafauan at Mississippi Canyon 252 Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Marla Maxine Valentine

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Inertial oscillations in the Gulf of Mexico during 2005 hurricane season, Fan Zhang

Dissertations from 2012

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Factors Affecting Short-term Oxygen Variability in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone, Brenda Leroux Babin

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Nitrogen biogeochemistry in a restored Mississippi River delta: a modeling approach, Benjamin Lee Branoff

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Investigation of Colored Dissolved Organic Matter and Dissolved Organic Carbon Using Combination of Ocean Color Data and Numerical Model in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Nazanin Chaichitehrani

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Effects of mimic artificial oyster reefs on the ecology of juvenile fishes in marsh ponds: a before-after-control-impact analysis, Steven B. Garner

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Function and diversity of the Ship, Trinity, and Tiger Shoal Complex, with emphasis on macrofauna and spawning blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus), Carey George Gelpi Jr.

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Linking nitrogen biogeochemistry to different stages of wetland soil development in the Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana, Kelly Marie Henry

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Habitat- and region-specific reproductive biology of female red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) in the Gulf of Mexico, Dannielle Helen Kulaw

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Developing A Geospatial Protocol For Coral Epizootiology, Jennifer Anne Lentz

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Greenhouse gas emissions and nutrients dynamics in restored wetlands of the Mississippi River Basin, Christopher Lundberg

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Identification and incorporation of quantitative indicators of ecosystem function into single-species fishery stock assessment models and the associated biological reference points, Melissa Hedges Monk

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What does the ¹⁴C method for estimating photosynthetic rates in the ocean really measure?, Shaofeng Pei

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Biomass and mass balance isotope content of mussel seep populations, Philip Martin Riekenberg

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Skill assessment and optimization of the third generation wave models for applications in Gulf of Mexico, Seyed Mostafa Siadatmousavi

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The effects of carbon on nitrogen transformations in restored wetland and wastewater soils, Jared M. Theriot

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An evaluation of alternative approaches for simulating animal movement in spatially-explicit individual-based models, Katherine Shepard Watkins

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Effect of hurricane forward speed and approach angle on coastal storm surge, Chenguang Zhang

Dissertations from 2011

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Microphytobenthos of the northern Gulf of Mexico hypoxic area and their role in oxygen dynamics, Melissa Millman Baustian

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Spatial ecology of adult spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus, in Louisiana coastal waters, Jody Lynn Callihan

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Modeling the population effects of hypoxia on Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, Sean Brandon Creekmore

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Quantitative Mapping of Cyanobacterial Blooms Using Oceansat-1 OCM Satellite Data, Padmanava Dash

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Oceanic Light Absorption Properties: Assessment and Characterization in the Southeastern Bering Sea Using Field and Satellite Observations, Puneeta Suresh Naik

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Hurricane Induced Land and Vegetation Changes in the Breton Sound Estuary and Chandeleur Islands Using Landsat 5 TM, Vandana Varshini Raghunathan