Gulf of Mexico Conference 2022 features RNR students and researchers

[18 April 2022] At least six current and former RNR researchers are making eight research presentations regarding coastal wetland ecology and restoration within the Gulf of Mexico 2022 Conference being held in Baton Rouge 25-28 April 2022.

One current (Ashley Booth) and one former (Antonio Cantu de Leija) RNR graduate student were awarded 2 of the 4 grants given by the Gulf Estuarine Research Society to attend a workshop titled "Development of future scenarios for Gulf of Mexico sea level rise".  This is an invitation only workshop is being held by the Sea Level Rise Modelling Group at the.  The workshop aims to increase communication and coordination between the Gulf research and management communities, and to provide training for graduate students and early career scientists through discussions identifying gaps, needs and opportunities in sea level rise research, application of research outcomes, and communication.  The workshop is being held 25 Apr within the Gulf of Mexico 2022 Conference being held in Baton Rouge 25-28 April 2022.  The event website has complete details on the agenda: Link to Gulf of Mexico Conference 2022.

At least six current and former RNR researchers are making eight research presentations regarding coastal wetland ecology and restoration within the Gulf of Mexico 2022 Conference being held in Baton Rouge 25-28 April 2022. 

Ashley Booth will present a talk titled "Impacts of flooding and salinity on productivity in three perennial marsh species: S. californicus, P. australis, and T. domingensis" that is based on her ongoing dissertation research.

Erik Johnson (Ph.D, 2011), who currently is the Director of Conservation Science, Audubon Delta National Audubon Society, will present a talk titled "Rapid Declines of Migratory Birds in Maurepas Swamp Indicate Need for Hydrological Restoration."

Jackson Martingayle will present a talk titled "Nutrient Availability, Flooding Stress, and Salinity Stress Interaction in Growth of Avicennia germinans (L.) L. Seedlings" based on his undergraduate research project.   

RNR Professor Andy Nyman will present a talk titled "Phragmites australis Dieback May Be Desirable on Most of the Northern Gulf Coast but Not at the Mouth of the Mississippi River".  He also will present a poster titled "Square Pegs and Round Holes: Running 21st Century Models to Simulate 20th Century Relationships".

Caleb Taylor (M.S. 2020), who now is a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow serving on th  US Committee on the Marine Transportation System as a Knauss Marine Policyi Fellow, will present a talk that is based on his recent thesis research titled "Implications of river diversions on nekton inferred from a comparison of active and inactive deltas."

RNR Professor Yijun Xu will present a talk titled "Is the Atchafalaya River delta a good model for sediment diversion? " He also will present talk titled "Restoration or adaptation? A discussion of future defensive options for coastal Louisiana ".