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LABORDE ENDOWED CHAIR

The John P. Laborde Endowed Chair for Sea Grant Research and Technology Transfer enables Louisiana Sea Grant to bring highly qualified scientists to LSU to focus on marine and coastal issues critical to the state while providing those researchers with supplemental sabbatical funding. To date, six internationally recognized researchers have been appointed to the endowed chair.

Photo: Hans Brix
Photo: Hans Brix, current Laborde Chair

The current Laborde Chair is Hans Brix, professor and head of the plant biology section at Aarhus University, Denmark. His program’s focus is aquatic and wetland systems, and his group has worked on coastal salt marshes, freshwater wetlands and seagrass habitats throughout the world.

One of Brix’s goals while as Laboarde Chair is to study the differences in ecophysiological traits between native and invasive-exotic common reed (Phragmites australis). Phragmites is found on every continent, except Antarctica. Its decline has been recorded in Europe during the past 50 years. However, in North America, it has expanded aggressively and out-competed other plant species. It is considered a noxious plant in the U.S. because of its limited food value to wildlife.

Curriculum vitae for Hans Brix (99 KB, PDF)

 

 

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