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What was your previous position and where?I was an assistant and associate professor of biological sciences at Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Ind.
What brought you to LSU?The chance to attract good graduate students, and to work both in freshwater and marine ecology due to the proximity of the Gulf.
What are your research interests?I have interests both in oyster ecology and the ecology of endangered freshwater clams. I have looked at the role of fish and invertebrate predators in controlling oysters, and the role of local and landscape level factors in determining the diversity and abundance of freshwater clams, especially endangered ones, as ¾ of the freshwater clams are in some danger of going extinct.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I enjoy teaching ecology and doing ecological research, and am now working on the BP oil spill effect on oysters.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?Certainly not the pay or retirement benefits — LOL — but the students and faculty are really good.
What are your major accomplishments?I have written more than 70 peer reviewed papers, have had about $1.7 million in funding since arriving at LSU, have been an associate dean in the College of Science and a journal editor. I have also had 15 good graduate students. You can read more in my updated CV.