Edward LawsEdward Laws


Position: Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences

Phone: 225-578-8800

Fax: 225-578-4286

E-mail: edlaws@lsu.edu

Office: 3141 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Bachelor's Degree(s): B.A. Chemistry, Harvard University, 1967

Ph.D.(s): Ph.D. Chemical Physics, Harvard University, 1972


Research Interests:

phytoplankton ecology, water pollution, climate change 

Classes Taught:

ENVS 7700 Integrated Environmental Issues

ENVS 4035 Aquatic Pollution

OCS 3103 Global Environmental Cycles

ENVS 3102 Mathematical Methods in Science

ENVS 1126 Introduction to Environmental Science

Selected Publications:


Laws, E. A. 1997. Mathematical Methods for Oceanographers: An Introduction. Wiley-Interscience. New York. 343 pp.

Laws, E. A. 2000. Aquatic Pollution: An Introductory Text. 3rd edition. Wiley-Interscience. New York. 639 pp.

Refereed Articles:

Laws, E. A., B. N. Popp, R. R. Bidigare, M. C. Kennicutt II, and S. A. Macko. 1995.  Dependence of phytoplankton carbon isotopic composition on growth rate and [CO2]aq:  Theoretical considerations and experimental results. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 59: 1131-1138.

Laws, E.A., and T.T. Bannister. 1980.  Nutrient and light-limited growth of Thalassiosira fluviatilis in continuous culture, with implications for phytoplankton growth in the ocean.  Limnology and Oceanography 25: 457-473.

Betzer, P.R., W.J. Showers, E.A. Laws, C.D. Winn, G.R. DiTullio, and P.M. Kroopnick. 1984.  Primary productivity and particle fluxes on a transect of the equator at 153oW in the Pacific Ocean.  Deep-Sea Research 31: 1-11.

Smith, S.V., W.J. Kimmerer, E.A. Laws, R.E. Brock, and T.M. Walsh. 1981.  Kaneohe Bay sewage diversion experiment: Perspectives on ecosystem responses to nutritional perturbation. Pacific Science 35: 279-395.

Laws, E. A., P. G. Falkowski, W. O. Smith, H. Ducklow, and J. J. McCarthy. 2000. Temperature effects on export production in the open ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 14(4): 1231–1246.

Popp, B. N., E. A. Laws, R. R. Bidigare, J. E. Dore, K. L. Hanson, and S. G. Wakeham. 1998. The effect of phytoplankton cell geometry on carbon isotopic fractionation. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 62: 69-77.

Laws, E.A. 1991. Photosynthetic quotients, new production, and net community production in the open ocean. Deep-Sea Research 38: 143-167.

Bidigare, R. R., A. Fluegge, K. H. Freeman, K. L. Hanson, J. M. Hayes, D. Hollander, J. P. Jasper, L. L. King. E. A. Laws, J. Milder, F. J. Millero, R. Pancost, B. N. Popp, P. A. Steinberg, and S. G. Wakeham. 1997. Consistent fractionation of 13C in nature and in the laboratory: Growth-rate effects in some haptophyte algae.  Global Biogeochemical Cycles 11: 279-292.

Ye, S., E. A. Laws, X. Ding, and S. Pang. 2011.  Sequestration of metals through association with pyrite in subtidal sediments of the Nanpaishui Estuary on the western bank of the Bohai Sea, China.  Marine Pollution Bulletin 62(5): 934-941.

Laws, E. A. 2013. Evaluation of In Situ Phytoplankton Growth Rates: A Synthesis of Data from Varied Approaches.  Annual Review of Marine Science 5: 247–268.

Laws, E. A., S. Pei, and P. Bienfang. 2013. Phosphate-Limited Growth of the marine diatom Thalassiosira weissflogii:  Evidence of non-Monod Growth Kinetics. Journal of Phycology 49(2): 241–247.

Ye, S., E. A. Laws, and R. Gambrell. 2013. Trace metal mobilization following the resuspension of sediments under controlled redox:  City Park Lake, Baton Rouge, LA.  Applied Geochemistry 28: 91–99.

Pei, S. and E. A. Laws. 2013. Does the 14C method estimate net photosynthesis? Implications from batch and continuous culture studies of marine phytoplankton. Deep-Sea Research 82: 1–9.