May 4, 2022 - Congrats to Robert who received a travel award from the Coastal Environmental Graduate Organization at LSU to be used for the Soil Science Society of America Meeting to be held in Baltimore in November 2022. He just found out that the department will match the travel funds !
April 28, 2022 - And the Awards Keep Coming for the WABL ! Mercedes Pinzon was awarded the 2022 Louisiana Coast, Ocean, Ports, Rivers Institute (COPRI) scholarship for $500 ! She attended the meeting in New Orleans, LA to collect her cash prize. In addition, our undergraduate researcher, James Anderson won the undergraduate scholarship for $500 ! Congrats to you both !
April 27, 2022 - The Lab received another honor today. Dr. White was the recipient of the National Wetlands Award for Research, awarded by the Environmental Law Institute. Full details can be found by clicking here. and the LSU story is located here
April 22, 2022 - James did an excellent job presenting his research as an oral presentation at the LSU University-wide Undergraduate Research Forum entitled "Nutrient Dynamics in Deltaic Wetlands: Implications for Restoration Designed for Saving the Louisiana Coast". He will be working on submitting the manuscript this summer.
April 20, 2022 - James (left panel) and Jacob (right panel) were both presenting their undergraduate research posters at the College of the Coast and Environment Undergraduate Research Symposium to a captive audience. Well Done !
April 18, 2022 - Congratulations to Mercedes who has won a scholarship from the the New Orleans Town Gardeners Club for $2,500. Mercedes looks forward to going to New Orleans to talk about how her research will benefit the people and environment of LA.
February 23, 2022 - Field technician extraordinaire, Eddie Weeks, is demonstrating piston coring in the Lake Pontchartrain Estuary while James waits eagerly for the appearance of the sediment core.
January 17, 2022 - Undergraduate researchers, James and Jacob collecting cores for research on nitrogen and phosphorus flux in both newly created and established delta wetland soils. James will present at LSU Discover Day, a research symposium highlighting undergraduate research, to be held on April 22, 2022.
December 17, 2021 - Yadav proudly accepts his Ph.D. diploma at the College graduation ceremony celebrating with his family. Yadav finished his Ph.D. in less than 4 years and published 5 papers before graduation. Well Done !
December 13-17, 2021. Masters students, Mercedes (left) and Robert (right) attending the American Geophysical Union Meeting in New Orleans, LA.
October 30, 2021 - Master's students Robert (left) and Mercedes (right) were out in Barataria Bay, LA collecting wetland soil cores for their research. Fun in the mud.
June 14, 2021—Undergraduate researcher James Anderson braved the heat in Barataria Bay to collect water samples for DIC and nutrients as part of our RAPID:NSF grant on hurricane impacts to coastal wetlands.
June 11, 2021—Former WABL member, Katie Bowes, was the subject of an Alumni Highlight on the LSU College of the Coast & Environment. We are excited to see Katie using her WABL experience to affect positive environmental change. Read more.
June 8, 2021—The College wishes everyone a Happy World Oceans Day !! Read all about our oceanographic research.
May 11, 2021—Yadav has started his internship/trainingship today in Vicksburg, MS with the US Army Corp of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).
May 8, 2021—Congratulations to Erol who graduated Saturday with his Masters in Coastal and Ecological Engineering. He has earned the proud designation as WABL grad student #32. Erol will start working next month as an Engineer for the LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority in Baton Rouge, LA in support of Lousiana’s 50 billion dollar coastal restoration plan.
April 2021—Former WABL member, Alina Spera, is back from a trip to the Arctic (Beaufort Lagoons Ecosystem LTER) where she is working on her Ph.D. at UTEP on research on climate change impacts on carbon/nutrient cycling at coastal margins.
April 15, 2021—Congrats to undergraduate researcher Jacob Cheng who was awarded first place at LSU Discover Day in Our College Division for his presentation entitled “Effects of Internal Loading on Nitrate Reduction Rates in Created vs Natural Coastal Marshes: Implications for River Reconnection." Jacob also received an award for one of the most visited posters at the 13th International Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands in March of this year. Next stop – manuscript. Read more about the Discover Day award.
The Lab was recently awarded a Coastal Sciences Assistantship for 2021-2024 for support
of a Masters student (Robert Feder, B.S. UF, starting Fall ’21) to focus on research
needs in support of the LA coastal Master Plan (summary description at left provided
by LA SeaGrant.)
March 22-25, 2021—We are closing in on the start of the 13th International Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands Conference that Dr. White is organizing. Original plan was to hold conference in Baton Rouge in 2020 but the pandemic caused plans to go virtual and in 2021. We hope you can join us for some interesting wetland research from around the globe.
March 5, 2021—Congrats to Erol who successfully defended his thesis entitled “Changes in wetland soil processes and ecosystem functions six years after marsh creation in Barataria Bay, Louisiana”. Well Done !
Congrats to Yadav for being awarded The Nepalese Student Association of LSU Outstanding Student Award for 2020. Keep up the good work!
February 2, 2021—Happy World Wetlands Day. The College of the Coast and Environment celebrates World Wetlands Day by describing some of the important research the College has conducted in recent years. Read more about World Wetlands Day
Laura’s paper on “The impact of recently excavated dredge pits on coastal hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico shelf “has been recently published in Marine Environmental Research. Congrats !
December 8 , 2020—MP’s and Yadav’s manuscript entitled “Investigating the Impact of in situ Soil Carbon Degradation Through Porewater Spectroscopic Analyses on Marsh Edge Erosion” has been accepted by Chemosphere. This work was a collaboration with M.P. Hayes from Dr. Cook’s group in the Department of Chemistry and our group in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences. Congrats to all!
November 2, 2020—The WABL was awarded an NSF-RAPID grant entitled ” Waiting to Exhale: Quantifying Tropical Storm-Induced Increased Flux of Coastal Wetland Carbon into the Atmosphere” to study the effects of far-field vs direct impact hurricanes on C dynamic in Barataria Bay, LA. in collaboration with Dr. George Xue. The photos here were taken November 1, 2020 depicting large swathes of marsh torn off by direct strike 85 mph winds of Hurricane Zeta also showing stranded marsh fragments in the bay. (lower right) Our new undergraduate researcher, James, is helping Ph.D. student Yadav reset his erosion poles.
October 27, 2020—Yadav is placing his abstract on the WABL “Wall of Achievement” of the paper submitted to Chemosphere entitled ” Investigating the Impact of in situ Soil Carbon Degradation Through Porewater Spectroscopic Analyses on Marsh Edge Erosion” in collaboration with M.P. Hayes from Dr. Cook’s group in the Department of Chemistry. This is the 11th paper from our current NSF collaborative grant.
Coastal Louisiana has taken it on the chin this Hurricane Season (2020) with a plethora of named storms crisscrossing the state. Hurricane Zeta roared right through our study area, green rectangle (map courtesy of collaborator Dr. George Xue).
September 14, 2020—The College of the Coast & Environment published a story about researchers working on hurricane issues. The WABL's recent work on hurricane induced coastal wetland erosion was included.
September 11, 2020—The WABL was recently featured in an article by National Geographic entitled “How powerful hurricanes hasten the disappearance of Louisiana’s wetlands."
September 5, 2020—Congrats to Yadav! His most recent paper documenting higher carbon stocks deep in the coastal wetland profile susceptible to erosion and mineralization to CO2 was made available online today, though officially will be a publication in 2021.
August 30, 2020—Yadav visited his coastal wetland erosion sites in Barataria Bay to investigate if the passage of nearby but not direct strike storms Marco and Laura had an impact on the marsh erosion rates. Preliminary data suggests that the erosion rate was more than 40 times the normal rate for both storms.
July 12, 2020—Erol made a foray out to the Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation Project, now ~6 years since construction. His goal is to determine the trajectory of wetland ecosystem processes recovery compared to a natural marsh.
June 9, 2020—Congrats to Peter who successfully defended his thesis by Zoom entitled “Phosphorus
Variability in the Area of Influence of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion” Peter
has earned the designation of WABL Graduate student #31 . Peter is now employed by
ENCOS Environmental and Coastal Services, a Baton Rouge-based environmental consulting
company focused on
Environmental, Compliance, Coastal Services, and Industrial Hygiene.
March 18, 2020—Congrats to Alina! Her first master's manuscript was published in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Sciences after an excruciating-long review process of seven months. Good things come to those who wait. This research was carried out with Dr. Corstanje’s environmental and agricultural informatics groups at Cranfield University, UK.
March 2, 2020—Congrats to Laura who successfully defended her thesis entitled “Sediment Biogeochemistry of Dredge Pits in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Shelf.” Laura is moving to the “Sunshine State” where she has been hired by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU.
WABL Hits Manuscript 100 !—The lab just hit a significant milestone in 2020. Manuscript 100 was just published! This accomplishment is due to all the hardworking students and great collaborators who have helped build our wetlands program over the years. Perhaps fitting that manuscript 100 includes 3 former students and one current student as co-authors. Citation:
Steinmuller, H.E., M.P. Hayes, N.R. Hurst, Y. Sapkota., R. Cook, J.R. White, Z. Xue, L.G. Chambers. 2020. Does Edge Erosion Alter Coastal Wetland Soil Properties? A Multi-Method Biogoechemical Study. Catena. 187:104373
November 13, 2019—Congratulations to our PhD student Yadav Sapkota for being selected as a finalist from the wetland soil division of the International Soil Science Society of America meeting held in San Antonio. Yadav won the third place cash award for 5-minute oral and poster presentation in the society-wide competition. #WABL #Bluecarbon #GeauxYadav
October 24, 2019—Dr. Cook’s and Dr. Xue’s Lab joined the WABL in Welcoming Baton Rouge Area students to “Ocean Commotion," a LA SeaGrant sponsored event which engages students on environmental issues relevant to their lives along one of the most dynamic coastlines in the world. The panel at the left show various student groups learning about soil carbon and creating artwork entitled “Carbon Handprints and Fingerprints."
September 15, 2019—Yadav posted his recently accepted paper on the WABL Wall of Achievement, "Carbon offset market methodologies applicable for coastal wetland restoration and conservation in the United States: A review," in Science of the Total Environment. Congrats!
August 2, 2019—Congratulations to Alina Spera on her graduation with her master's degree. Alina’s research was the first temporal and spatial analysis of a large river diversion in Louisiana on coastal wetland soil properties. This project provides valuable information to the state on future operation of the surface water diversions and new restoration efforts. She sets off to work on her PhD looking at climate change in the Arctic with Dr. Lougheed at UTEP.
May 31. 2019—Congrats to Jessica! Her first master's manuscript was published in Science of the Total Environment. This paper was written in collaboration with Dr. Ehab Meselhe from Tulane University.
May 10, 2019—Congratulations to Jessica Vaccare on her master's degree for her research on quantifying water quality ecosystem services in coastal wetlands affected by erosion. Jessica has accepted a job and is in Florida working for an environmental consulting company.
December 14, 2018—Congratulations to Katie Bowes on graduating with her master's for research on impact of surface water temperature on resulting water quality function of wetland soil and submerged sediments. Katie is working in East Central Florida for Martin County, in the Ecosystem Restoration and Coastal Engineering Division.