Seventh Annual Student Seminar Program


On Monday, April 27, 2015, the School of the Coast and Environment will host the Seventh Annual Graduate Student Seminar Program in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium. Eight graduate students will be presenting their research conducted toward the fulfillment of a degree within the School. These talks will be judged by a panel of faculty, staff, and students. The winner will receive a travel award (up to a maximum of $1000) from the School to attend a meeting of his/her choice where the student presents a talk on the research.

The program will proceed as follow:

Quick introduction from Associate Dean, Dr. Richard Shaw

10:00a.m.- 10:15a.m. – Asher Williams – Organic carbon stocks and soil accumulation in coastal Louisiana mangroves and saltmarsh wetlands

10:15a.m – 10:30a.m. – Tess Danielson – Productivity Response of the Everglades Mangrove Forests to Natural Disturbance Regimes

10:30a.m. – 10:45a.m. – Ishan Joshi – The possibility of using Landsat imagery for monitoring colored dissolved organic matter in Barataria Bay

10:45a.m. -11:00a.m. – Elizabeth LaBone – Modeling the Effects of Hypoxia on Fish Movement in the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone

11:00a.m. – 11:15a.m. – Emily Reynold – Hydroacoustic and video surveys in the northern Gulf of Mexico in support of Louisiana’s Artificial Reef Planning area: a comparison of biomass and community structure

11:15a.m. – 11:30a.m. – Havalend Steinmuller – Impacts of Elevated CO2 Levels on Soil Microbial Activity in Vegetated and Non-Vegetated Wetland Soils

11:30a.m.-11:45a.m. – Adrian Wiegman – The influence of 21st century megatrends of energy and climate on coastal marsh restoration in Louisiana: a synthesis of energy economics and ecogeomorphic models.

11:45a.m.- 12:00p.m. – Qiang Yao – A Palynological Study of Wetland Development in the Shark River Slough, Everglandes, Florida, since the Mid-Holocene.

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. – refreshments in Rotunda Lobby