Name & Year Title Biography (if available)
Dr. James A. Allen
1994, Ph.D. Forestry
School of Foresty, Norther Arizona University Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, LA. Jim spent several years with USDA Forest Service Research in Hawaii. He then spent six years as Dean of the Forestry Division at Paul Smith's College in New York. Jim Allen recently accepted the position of Associate Director of the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University.School of Forestry
North Arizona University
P.O. Box 15018
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5018email:
Jamie Amato Master's Degree Student
University of South Alabama
Currently (as of Oct 2018), I am a graduate student getting my Master's in Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama which is a part of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Consortium. My work is coastal/estuarine based with a focus on restoration. My project is a study that tests the efficacy of several different designs of living shorelines. Living shorelines are designed to protect coastal environments, while providing ecosystem services to property owners and the surrounding environment. This study aims to provide economically feasible and environmentally-friendly shoreline protection to homeowners who currently have eroding shorelines o
Dr. H. Michael Barnes WS Thompson Distinguished Professor of Wood Science & Technology
Department of Sustainable Bioproducts
Mississippi State University
Research in wood deterioration/preservation, physical properties of wood. Teaching courses in Wood Deterioration & Preservation, Wood Anatomy, Graduate Seminar.
Ronald R. Bielefeld
1993, MS Wildlife
Waterfowl Research Biologist
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute-
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Dr. Bob G. Blackmon
1969, PhD, Forest Soils
Former Director
School of Renewable Natural Resources


Troy W. Blair Biologist
Louisiana Department of Wilidlife & Fisheries
2415 Darnall Rd.
New Iberia, LA 70560
Phone:(337) 373-0032
Fax:(337) 373-0181
Francois Buldoc
2002, PhD, Wildlife
Head, Marine and Aquatic Habitats Unit
Quebec Region Canadian Wildlife Service,
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Government of Canada
801 - 1550, avenue d’Estimauville
Québec, QC, G1J 0C3
Tél : 418-640-2910
David Byrd Ecosystem and Planning Staff Officer
Forest Service
Kisatchie National Forest
p: 318-473-7059
c: 318-446-7059
f: 318-473-7117

2500 Shreveport HWY
Pineville, LA 71360
Rex H. Caffey Professor
Wetlands & Coastal Resources
Rm 179, Agriculture Administration Bldg.
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA-70803
Phone: 225-578-2716

E-mail: rcaffey@agctr.lsu.eduRex Caffey is the D. Welge endowed Professor of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Louisiana State University. He serves as Director of the LSU Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy and as director of Marine Extension for the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program
Carrie Castille
2006, Ph.D.
State Director
USDA Rural Development in Louisiana
Carrie Castille graduated with a PhD in Renewable Natural Resources in 2006. She spent 8 years working for the LSU AgCenter as an Associate Professor and created the Louisiana Master Farmer Program. In 2008, she assumed the role as Associate Commissioner at the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. She currently serves as the State Director for USDA Rural Development in Louisiana.Carrie Castille
Claire R. Coco Director
Facility Manager
BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
10503 North Oak Hills Parkway
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Phone : Office (225)757-8905
Cell (225)413-5355
Fax (225)757-9390email: CCoco@brec.orgI have served as the site manager for Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center for over 18 years, guiding the development of nature-based programs and events for parish residents. I have enjoyed working with other special facility managers and departments to enhance recreational opportunities through natural resource education. I am looking forward to contributing to BREC’s growing conservation initiatives across the parish in the years to come.
Jose-Checo Colon-Gaud
2003, MS Fisheries
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Zoology
Southern Illinois University


Glenn Constant Fisheries Biologist
US Fish and Wildlife Service


Antoinette (Toni) DeBosier
1997, BSF
2000, MS Forestry
Forestry Parish Supervisor
Forester, Atchafalaya Basin
Some of the duties she performs as an inter-agency employee for the State:Wetland Forest Management: I work with environmental groups, and state and federal agencies in the Atchafalaya, Mermentau, Maurepas, and Pontchartrain Basins, assisting with cypress and bottomland hardwood management, with our goal set toward sustainability of these wet forestlands. In addition, as part of my scope of work with the Atchafalaya Basin Program, I monitor changes in woody vegetation, within the Atchafalaya Basin, with respect to changes in hydrology and sedimentation from activities permitted by the Corps of Engineers. I have just begun assisting in WVA's (Wetland Vegetation Assessments) in the Atchafalaya Basin with respect to mitigation work.GPS/GIS: I use Trimble and Garman GPS equipment to acquire real-time data in the field, Access and Excel programs to build databases, and ArcView,Asset Surveyor, and DeLorme software to produce maps for project areas.Urban Forestry: I am currently serving on the St. Martin Parish Tree Board, and as am a board member of Trees of Acadiana.Forest Health & Community Assistance: I make tree calls within a 3 to 4 parish area, helping landowners to identify insects and diseases in either their yards or their forested lands.Forest Management: I work with private landowners who are interested in managing their lands through conducting timber harvests, reforestation efforts, or assisting with wildlife habitat restoration and creation. Often, I assist NRCS and other federal agencies with their incentive or cost-share programs by overseeing pine and hardwood plantings, and conducting planting certification and survival counts.Education: I work with LFA to promote Project Learning Tree. I work with girlscouts to promote women in natural resources, and boyscouts in the field to assist them in obtaining Forestry and Wildlife merit badges.
Leah Delahoussaye
2015, BS NREM
MS Student - Utah State University I graduated with my undergraduate degree from LSU in 2015. Since then, I've worked in Michigan, Florida, and Mississippi for various agencies as a wildlife technician. After spending a year in Mississippi working for Wildlife Services, I was offered a master's assistantship at Utah State University. I am in my second year of my Master's program. My thesis research focuses on eared grebes on the Great Salt Lake here in UtahLeah Delahoussaye
5230 Old Main Hill
Department of Wildland Resources
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Dr. Luben Dimov
2004, PhD Forestry
Assistant Professor
Alabama A & M University


Lincoln Dugué
2015, MS Watershed Science
Lecturer, Public University of Center (UPC) I am Lincoln Dugué, I am from Haiti. I gained my master's degree in Renewable Natural Resources with a concentration in Watershed Science in 2015. Dr. Richard Keim was my mentor and supervisor. Then, right after my graduation, I came back home to work in my country.In 2016, I worked for the University of California at Davis (UCD), which had to revitalized agricultural vocational schools in Haiti as in site project manager in Dondon.For now, I am a part time lecturer at the Public University of Center (UPC). I teach three courses: General hydrology, irrigation, and Climatology.My address is:
77, Rue Claire Heureuse,
Hinche, Haiti (W.I)
Phones:(509)3132-3444/ 4377-0667
Christopher A. Dupuy
1999, MS
Operations Technician
Operates and maintains a plastic/rubber producing unit in Baton Rouge, LA.
Scott Durham
1989. BS
2001, MS LSU
Biologist Director- Wildlife Division
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Thesis- Nesting ecology of mottled ducks on agricultural lands in southwestern LouisianaOversees the Waterfowl, Deer, Wildlife Disease, Bear, Turkey/Small Game, and Upland Migratory/Research Programs.
Matt Engel Fisheries Biologist
Great Lakes Fisheries Commission
Steve Fischer District Manager
Hydrolab Corperation


Barret Fortier
2000, BS Wildlife & Fisheries Mgmt
2004, MS Wildlife
Regional Energy Coordinator
US Fish & Wildlife Service-Southeast Region Refuges
Develop and assist with oversight, implementation, and operations of oil and gas program for National Wildlife Refuges in the Southeast Region; assist refuges with pre-permit activities, environmental and regulatory compliance, regulations and policy, and site visits. Serve as member of National Oil and Gas Team to develop new Federal policy, revise regulations, and instruct students for USFWS. Oil spill response and large scale habitat restoration projects.Regional Energy Coordinator
US Fish & Wildlife Service-Southeast Region Refuges
Southeast Louisiana Refuge Complex, Lacombe, LA
Office: 985-882-2000Email:
Louis C. Heaton
1974, BSF
Associate State Forestry, Louisiana
-B S Forestry & Wildlife degree, 1974. Worked 34.5 years with Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry. Retired as Associate State Forester. Currently, managing family forestland, practicing consulting forestry, Certified Tree Farm Inspector, & making stained glass on a consignment and contract basis.Louis C. Heaton
18525 Wildlife Way Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
(225) 938-1176
Mark Hebert
1993, BSF
Coordinator of Silviculture Services
International Paper, Shreveport, LA
--Coordinate regional vegetation control and fertilization contracts for management region (Louisiana and Texas).
--Update silvicultural technology by cooperation with internal and external research groups.
--Provide support to field foresters in the areas of site preparation, forest regeneration, as well as juvenile and mid- rotation stand management prescriptions.
--Conduct business analysis for forest operations including silvicultural treatment responses and application of models for growth and yield.
--Ensure region compliance with ISO/BMP/SFI programs and certifications through training and internal audits

International Paper
3000 Knight Street
Shreveport, LA 71105
Office: 318-862-3494
Mobile: 318-286-1981
Howard L. Helms
1967, BSF
FA BN/FS Coach
Leaders Training Program
Graduated from the LSU School of Forestry with a BS degree. Joined the Marine Corps and was commissioned a 2LT in June 1967. Retired in 1991 after a 24 year career in the Marine Corps. Taught Middle School and coached high school baseball in Virginia. Resigned in 1998 from teaching and accepted employment with a defense contractor, located at Fort Polk, LA, for the purpose of training Army units prior to their deployment to Bosnia, Kosovo, and now Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently at Fort Polk in the same training position.

1480 Ernest Drive
DeRidder, LA 70634
Office: 337-531-2564 (DSN 863)
Dave Hickman Fisheries Biologist
LA Dept of Wildlife & Fisheries, Inland Fisheries


Andrea Hoover Biological Technician
Canadian Wildlife Service


Ricky Kilpatrick Area Forestry Agent
Northwest Louisiana
LSU AgCenter Co-operation Extension Service


Kayla Kimmel Fisheries Biologist
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
I work with a team to conduct scientific studies into fishery problems, restore habitat, and conserve migratory fishes that cross multiple jurisdictions like gulf sturgeon and alligator gar. I provide technical assistance to National Wildlife Refuges and other partners to repair or increase recreational fishing opportunities. I engage with students and youth to provide educational, outreach and career driven learning experiences.US Fish and Wildlife Service
Baton Rouge Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
235 Parker Coliseum, LSU
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office: (225) 578-8066
Suna Adam Knaus
1988, BS
Forestry & Wildlife Mngmt
Gulf South Research Corporation
Suna is the President and owner of Gulf South Research Corporation(GSRC).The GSRC staff has grown from person to 19 professional scientists in 10 years. Of these 19 people, 9 are LSU Forestry and/or Wildlife graduates with either BS or MS degrees.She manages the environmental as well as archeological staff and projects ranging in size from one-acre sites to study areas comprising over 300,000 acres. She is responsible for projects concerning Environmental Assessments(EAs), Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), protected species surveys, wetland delineations,Habitat Evaluation Procedure (HEP) data collection and analysis,site assessments for former U.S.Department of Defense lands, aerial photography interpretation, and forest inventories. She has conducted wetland delineations in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

8081 GSRI Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
Ken W. Krauss
1997, MS Forestry
Ecologist (Research), Ph.D Candidate
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
U.S. Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center
Dr. Krauss is a Research Physiological Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. He investigates greenhouse gas emissions, ecosystem carbon balances, and sea-level rise vulnerability of coastal wetland communities under a variety of management treatments using different techniques. Dr. Krauss measures CO2, CH4, and N2O fluxes using chambers and, more recently, eddy covariance techniques, and when possible pair these measurements from soils and vegetation with sap flow studies to understand interactively and independently the role of trees and other types of vegetation in mediating greenhouse gas and water fluxes. He typically works in marshes, tidally influenced freshwater forested wetlands, and mangroves both in the U.S. and internationally (especially, Micronesia, China, & New Caledonia). He also focus strongly on eco-physiological scaling of water fluxes using different approaches in forested wetlands, and he has many active collaborations globally using surface elevation tables (SETs) to determine if and how wetlands are responding to rising seas.
Wei Li Faculty
British Columbia Institute of Technology


Tory Mason Fisheries Management Biologist
Missouri Department of Conservation – Fisheries Division
I am currently a Fisheries Management Biologist in Northwest Missouri with public and private fisheries management and watershed responsibilities in 4 counties including work on the Missouri River
Mike Meador USGS
Ruston, Virginia


Steve Meadows
1979, BSF
1981, MS
Principal Silviculturist
USDA Forest Service
Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research
Stoneville, Mississippi
Steve Meadows is Principal Silviculturist with the USDA Forest Service's Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research in Stoneville, Mississippi. He is responsible for research in intermediate stand silviculture of southern bottomland hardwood forests. His research program is directed towards developing silvicultural practices designed to optimize both growth and quality of individual trees and stands.
Alex Michalek
2003, MS
District Ranger, US Forest Service
Grand River Ranger District, Lemmon, South Dakota
On the Dakota Prairie Grasslands in the Northern Region of the US Forest Service, Alex is responsible for management of the Grand River and Cedar River National Grasslands, which make up about 160,000 acres of mixed grass prairie on the rolling plains of the Upper Missouri River Plateau. Under the multiple-use mission of the US Forest Service, the Grasslands provide habitat for mule and white-tailed deer, pronghorn, various small mammals, and migratory birds, as well as permitted cattle grazing, hunting, fishing, and other forms of outdoor recreation, such as horseback riding and bird watching.Alex Michalek
(985) 276-2445
Bobby Miller Outreach Specialist
TPWD, Coastal Fisheries


Fred Monzyk Assistant Project Leader
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife


Keith Ouchley Executive Director
Louisiana Nature Conservancy


Katie L. Percy
2007, BS
Avian Biologist
Audubon Louisiana
Katie Percy earned her B.Sc. from the LSU SRNR in 2007, and her M.Sc. in Wildlife in Fisheries Science from the University of Tennessee in 2012. Following graduate school, Katie worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service studying seabird restoration along the central California coast. Since 2015, Katie has worked as an Avian Biologist for Audubon Louisiana, the state office of the National Audubon Society.5615 Corporate Blvd., Suite 600B
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
phone: 225.768.0820
Michael Peters
1992, MS Wildlife Ecology
Assistatnt Refuge Manager
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Sacramento NWR Complex
752 County Road 99W
Willows, CA 95988
Phone:(530) 934-2801
Bryan Piazza Director, Freshwater and Marine Science
The Nature Conservancy
Dr. Bryan Piazza, director of freshwater and marine science for The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana, provides scientific support and strategic guidance for freshwater and coastal conservation and restoration projects in Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico coast and the Mississippi River basin. He has published on a number of conservation and restoration topics and is the author of a book titled The Atchafalaya River Basin – History and Ecology of an American Wetland.
Bryan P. Piazza, Ph.D.
Director, Freshwater and Marine Science
The Nature Conservancy
721 Government Street #200
Baton Rouge, LA 70802, USA
+1 225 338 1040 (Office)
+1 225 773 1841 (Cell)
Christopher S. Reid
1997, BSF
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Louisiana State University
Rm. 216 Renewable Natural Resources Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Ph. (225) 578-0783
Rachel Rollason Reyna
1996, BSF
Community Forestry Coordinator
Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of Forestry

1998, MAgr, Forestry, Penn State University
Ms. Reyna has worked for the PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry since 2001. She is currently Chief of Rural and Community Forestry, a section that works in the rural-to-urban continuum administering voluntary programs that focus on land that is not owned by the state. The major program areas she supervises are TreeVitalize (DCNR’s urban and community forestry program), Woodland Stewardship, and Agroforestry (including riparian buffer programs). Ms Reyna has a BS in Forestry from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Agriculture in Forestry from Penn State.Rachel R. Reyna |Section Chief
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Bureau of Forestry | Rural & Community Forestry Section
400 Market St. | Harrisburg, PA 17105
Phone: 717.783.0385 | Fax: 717.783.5109 |

Raymond J. Sauvage
1987, BSF
Manager, Environmental Services
Kinder Morgan, INC, Houston, TX
Manages a group of 10 environmental compliance specialists across the eastern US. Responsibilities include waste management, water permitting and reporting, spill plans, emergency response plans, as well as, investigation and remediation of potentially contaminated sites. Additionally, he is responsible for all staff management and oversight, budget planning and financial management for his group. He has worked a 25+ year career in the natural gas pipeline and environmental consulting industries, including natural resources permitting, cultural resources permitting, air permitting and compliance, environmental remediation and staff management and leadership.

Phone (Office) 713-420-7342
Jeff Sibley Fisheries Biologist
Bayou Country Aqua Farms, Inc


Gregg Snedden Doctoral Candidate
LSU Department of Oceanography and Coastal Studies


Michael L. Szymanski
2004, MS Wildlife
Supervisor, Migratory Game Bird Management
North Dakota Game and Fish Dept.
I supervise harvest management, monitoring, and research programs of migratory game birds that are operated by the state of North Dakota. I also represent the state on the Central Flyway Waterfowl Technical Committee.

Michael L. Szymanski
Supervisor, Migratory Game Bird Management
North Dakota Game and Fish Dept.
100 N. Bismarck Expy.
Bismarck, ND 58501
O: 701-328-6360
C: 701-527-5975
F: 701-328-6352
Kyle Van Why Wildlife Disease Biologist
I conduct wildlife disease surveillance, management, education and research for the USDA-Wildlife Services program in Pennsylvania. This includes working on projects associated with our National Wildlife Disease Program, as well as with state and federal cooperators and universities. I act in an emergency response role, assisting with wildlife and agricultural disease emergencies and other wildlife emergencies (oil spills) at a national level when assistance is requested.

Kyle Van Why
Wildlife Disease Biologist
USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services
PO Box 60827
Harrisburg, PA 17106
717-236-9451 office
717-319-6674 cell
Christian Winslow
2001, BS Wildlife
2003 MS Wildlife
Biologist II
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries/Marine Fisheries Division
Office: 985-646-645