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Aaron R. Pierce, Ph.D
P.O. Box 2021, Department of Biological Sciences, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985-493-2628, E-mail: aaron.pierce@nicholls.edu

EDUCATION:

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Ph.D. 2005 (Natural Resources).
Dissertation: Relationships Among Sedimentation, Hydrology, and Bottomland Hardwood Forest Succession in Altered and Unaltered Tributaries of the Hatchie River Watershed, TN.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, M.S. 2001 (Ecology).
Thesis Title: Population Dynamics of Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) and Forest Community Structure at the Ross Biological Reserve, Indiana.

Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, B.A. 1998 (Biology).
Thesis Title: Habitat Use of Migrant Birds on San Salvador, Bahamas.

EXPERIENCE:

Associate Professor, 2012-Present, Department of Biological Sciences, Nicholls State University. Areas of Teaching: General Biology I (Biol 155), Environmental Biology (Biol 301), Special Topics (Biol 473), Wetland Birds (Biol 515), Marine & Environmental Biology II (Biol 552), Environmental Workshop (Biol 560), Special Topics (Biol 570).

Graduate Program Coordinator, 2011-Present, Department of Biological Sciences, Marine and Environmental Biology Masters Program, Nicholls State University.

Assistant Professor, 2006-2012, Department of Biological Sciences, Nicholls State University. Areas of Teaching: Basic Biology (Biol 105 & 106), General Biology (Biol 155), Environmental Biology (Biol 301), Wetland Birds (Biol 473), Marine & Environmental Biology II (Biol 552), Environmental Workshop (Biol 560).

Research Associate, 2005-2006 Louisiana Coop Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Louisiana State University, AgCenter, Supervisor: Dr. Sammy King.

Graduate Research Assistant, 2001-2005, Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, University of Tennessee.

Graduate Assistant, 2000-2001, Ross Biological Reserve, Purdue University.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1999-2000, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University.

Biology Intern, 1998-1999, Department of Biology, Hartwick College.

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:

Owen, T.M. and A.R. Pierce. In Press. Productivity and Chick Growth Rates of Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) and Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) on the Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge, Louisiana. Waterbirds.

Owen, T. and A.R. Pierce. 2013. Hatching Success and Nest Site Characteristics of Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) on the Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge, Louisiana. Waterbirds 36(3):342-347.

Raynor, E.J., A.R. Pierce, T. Owen, C. Leumas, and F.C. Rohwer. 2013. Short-term Demographic Responses of a Coastal Waterbird Community after Two Major Hurricanes. Waterbirds 36(1):88-93.

Raynor, E.J., T. Owen, A.R. Pierce, C. Leumas, and F.C. Rohwer. 2012. Sooty Terns Breeding on the IslesDernieresBarrierIslands Refuge, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Journal of Louisiana Ornithology 9:1-6.

Raynor, E.J., A.R. Pierce, C. Leumas, and F.C. Rohwer. 2012. Breeding Habitat Requirements and Colony Formation by Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) and Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) on BarrierIslands in the Gulf of Mexico. Auk 129(4):763-772.

Pierce, A.R. and S.L. King. 2011. A comparison of avian communities and habitat characteristics in floodplain forests associated with valley plugs and unchannelized streams. River Research and Applications 27(10):1315-1324.

King, S.L., A. Pierce, K. Hersey, and N. Winstead. 2010. Migration patterns of sandhill cranes wintering in Central and Southwestern Louisiana. Proceedings of the Eleventh North American Crane Workshop 11:57-61.

Hupp, C.R., A.R. Pierce, and G.B. Noe. 2009. Floodplain geomorphic processes, sedimentation, and ecological impacts of hydrologic alteration along coastal plain rivers, USA. Wetlands 29(2):413-429.

Pierce, A.R and S.L. King. 2008. Spatial dynamics of overbank sedimentation in floodplain systems. Geomorphology 100:256-268.

Pierce, A.R., W.R. Bromer, and K.N. Rabenold. 2008. Decline of Cornus florida and forest succession in a Quercus-Carya forest. Plant Ecology 195(1):45-53.

Pierce, A.R. and S.L. King. 2007. The influence of valley plugs in channelized streams on floodplain sedimentation dynamics over the last century. Wetlands 27(3):631-643.

Pierce, A.R. and S.L. King. 2007. The effects of flooding and sedimentation on seed germination of two bottomland hardwood tree species. Wetlands 27(3):588-594.

Pierce, A.R., G. Parker, and K. Rabenold. 2006. Forest succession in an oak-hickory dominated stand during a 40-year period at the Ross Biological Reserve, Indiana. Natural Areas Journal 26(4):351-359.

Murphy, M.T., J. Zysik, and A. Pierce. 2004. Biogeography of the birds of the Bahamas with special reference to the island of San Salvador. Journal of Field Ornithology 75(1):18-30.

Murphy, M.T., A. Pierce, J. Shoen, K.L. Murphy, J. Campbell, D.A. Hamilton. 2001. Population Structure and Habitat Use by Overwintering Neotropical Migrants on a Remote Oceanic Island. Biological Conservation 102(3):333-345.

Murphy, M.T., B. Armbrecth, E. Vlamis, A. Pierce. 2000. Is reproduction by Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) cost-free? Auk 117(4): 902-912.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS:

Pierce, A.R. and S.L. King. 2013. Valley plugs, landuse, and phytogeomorphic response. In D. Butler and C. Hupp, Editors. Ecogeomorphology, Vol. 12 in Treatise on Geomorphology. Elsevier, Inc.

Pierce, A.R. 2009. Restoration of channelized fluvial systems and their floodplains. In G.H. Pardue and T.K. Olvera, Editors. Ecological Restoration. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York. Pp. 141-169.

PRESENTATIONS:

Minor, A. and A.R. Pierce. 2014 (poster). Forested freshwater wetland responses to secondarily treated municipal effluent discharge. Louisiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Symposium, Thibodaux, Louisiana (2nd place Award).

Liechty, J. and A.R. Pierce. 2014 (poster). Diet composition of Royal Tern and Sandwich Tern on Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge. Louisiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Symposium, Thibodaux, Louisiana (3nd place Award).

Pierce, A.R. 2014 (Invited). Breeding waterbirds on Louisiana’s barrier islands. School of Renewable Natural Resources Seminar Series, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Liechty, J. and A.R. Pierce. 2014 (poster). Diet composition and apparent survival of Royal Tern and Sandwich Tern on the Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge. Nicholls Research Week, Thibodaux, Louisiana (2nd place Award).

Minor, A. and A.R. Pierce. 2014 (poster). Forested freshwater wetland responses to secondary treated municipal effluent discharge. Nicholls Research Week, Thibodaux, Louisiana (1st place Award).

Pierce, A.R. 2014 (Invited). Breeding waterbirds on Louisiana’s barrier islands. The 9th Annual Eagle Expo, Morgan City, Louisiana.

Liechty, J. and A.R. Pierce. 2014. Diet composition and apparent survival of Royal Tern and Sandwich Tern on the Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge. Graduate Student Symposium, LUMCON, Cocodrie, Louisiana.

Minor, A. and A.R. Pierce. 2014. Forested freshwater wetland responses to secondary treated municipal effluent discharge. Graduate Student Symposium, LUMCON, Cocodrie, Louisiana.

Liechty, J. and A.R. Pierce. 2013 (poster). Diet composition and apparent survival of Royal Terns and Sandwich Terns on Louisiana barrier islands. Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists/Louisiana Chapter, The Wildlife Society Fall Symposium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Furfey, B.C., T. Risch, and A.R. Pierce. 2013 (poster). Observations of Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) nests using infrared cameras in coastal Louisiana. Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists/Louisiana Chapter, The Wildlife Society Fall Symposium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Furfey, B., T. Risch, and A. Pierce. 2013 (poster). Foraging Movements of Black Skimmer, Rynchops niger, in Coastal Louisiana Following the BP Oil Spill. Association of Field Ornithologists Annual Meeting, Venus, Florida.

Liechty, J and A.R. Pierce. 2013 (poster). Diet Composition and Breeding Site Fidelity of Royal Terns and Sandwich Terns on Louisiana Barrier Islands. Nicholls Research Week, Thibodaux, Louisiana. (3rd place Award).

Furfey, B.C., A.R. Pierce, and J.C. Bednarz. 2012. Nesting and Foraging Ecology of Black Skimmers (Rynchops niger) in Coastal Louisiana Following the BP Oil Spill. North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Curtiss, D. and A.R. Pierce. 2012. Evaluating Barrier Island Habitats for Wintering Waterbirds. Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists/Louisiana Chapter, The Wildlife Society Fall Symposium, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Furfey, B.C., A.R. Pierce, and J.C. Bednarz. 2012 (poster). Nesting and Foraging Ecology of Black Skimmers (Rynchops niger) in Coastal Louisiana Following the BP Oil Spill. Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists/Louisiana Chapter, The Wildlife Society Fall Symposium, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Curtiss, D. and A.R. Pierce. 2012 (poster). Barrier Island Habitats by Wintering Waterbirds. Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists/Louisiana Chapter, The Wildlife Society Fall Symposium, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Curtiss, D. and A.R. Pierce. 2012 (poster). Evaluating barrier island habitats for wintering waterbirds. State of the Coast, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Curtiss, D. and A.R. Pierce. 2012 (poster). Wintering Waterbird Use of the Isles Dernieres Barrier Islands Habitats. Nicholls Research Week, Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Furfey, B., T. Owen, A. Pierce, J. Bednarz. 2011. Nesting productivity of Black Skimmer in coastal Louisiana following the BP oil spill. The Waterbird Society Annual Meeting, Annapolis, Maryland.

Curtiss, D. and A.R. Pierce. 2011. Evaluating Barrier Island Habitats for Wintering Waterbirds. Society of Wetland Scientists, South Central Chapter Fall Meeting, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Boudreaux, B.A. and A.R. Pierce. 2011 (Poster). Freshwater turtle assemblage and leech parasitism in artificial canal habitats. Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists/Louisiana Chapter, The Wildlife Society Fall Symposium, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Bell, J. and A.R. Pierce. 2011 (Poster). Effects of artificial perches on wintering raptor visitation and small mammal populations. Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists/Louisiana Chapter, The Wildlife Society Fall Symposium, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Curtiss, D. and A.R. Pierce. 2011. Wintering waterbird use of Louisiana’s barrier islands. Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists/Louisiana Chapter, The Wildlife Society Fall Symposium, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Owen, T. and A.R. Pierce. 2010. Survival and hatching success of terns and skimmers on the Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge, Louisiana. Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists/Louisiana Chapter, The Wildlife Society Fall Symposium, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Raynor, E.J., A.R. Pierce, C. Leumas, and F. Rohwer. 2010. Tern reproductive success and breeding habitat requirements on barrier islands. Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists/Louisiana Chapter, The Wildlife Society Fall Symposium,Lafayette, Louisiana.

Owen, T., E. Raynor, A. Pierce, C. Leumas, and F. Rohwer. 2010 (Poster). An evaluation of restoration efforts on Isles Dernieres in providing waterbird nesting habitat. State of the Coast: Implementing a Sustainable Coast for Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Leumas, C., F. Rohwer, A. Pierce, and E. Raynor. 2010. Understanding colony site selection of seabirds on Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge. State of the Coast: Implementing a Sustainable Coast for Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Hupp, C.R., A.R. Pierce, and G.B. Noe. 2010. Floodplain geomorphic processes, equilibrium, and environmental impacts of human alterations along Coastal Plain rivers, USA. Association of Southeastern Biologist Annual Meeting, Asheville, North Carolina. (Senior Research Award).

Raynor, E.J., T.M. Owen, A.R. Pierce, C. Leumas, and F.C. Rohwer. 2010 (Poster). An evaluation of restoration efforts on Isles Dernieres in providing waterbird nesting habitat. Nicholls State University Research Week, Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Owen, T.M. and A.R. Pierce. 2010 (Poster). Productivity of nesting colonial waterbirds on the Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Chain. Nicholls State University Research Week, Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Boudreaux, B.A. and A.R. Pierce. 2010. The effects of artificial perches on wintering raptors. The 84th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences, Alexandria, Louisiana.

Owen, T.M. and A.R. Pierce. 2010. Colonial waterbird reproductive success on the Isles Dernieres. The 84th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences, Alexandria, Louisiana, (1st place award).

Raynor, E.J., A.R. Pierce, C. Leumas, and F.C. Rohwer. 2010. Hurricane impacts on Louisiana’s barrier island nesting waterbirds. The 84th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences, Alexandria, Louisiana.

Leumas, C.M., F.C. Rohwer, M. Pieron, E.J. Raynor, and A. Pierce. 2010. The Calm After the Strom: Hurricanes Help Least Terns. Cooper Ornithological Society, the American Ornithologists’ Union, and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists Joint Meeting, San Diego, California.

Raynor, E., A. Pierce, C. Leumas, and F. Rowher. 2009. Breeding Colonial Waterbird Use of Restored Barrier Islands in Louisiana. The Waterbird Society 33rd Annual Meeting, Cape May, New Jeresy.

Leumas, C., F. Rohwer, E. Raynor, and A. Pierce. 2009. The Calm after the Storm: Hurricanes Help Least Terns. The Waterbird Society 33rd Annual Meeting, Cape May, New Jeresy.

Leumas, C., F. Rohwer, E. Raynor, and A. Pierce. 2009. Social facilitation and predation as factors in colony site selection of seabirds on Louisiana barrier islands. Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists Fall Symposium, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Raynor, E.J., A.R. Pierce, C. Leumas, and F. Rohwer. 2009. Barrier island waterbird colonies and mammalian predators: A pre and post hurricane assessment on the Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge. Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists Fall Symposium, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Raynor, E.J., A.R. Pierce, C. Leumas, and F. Rohwer. 2009 (Poster). Breeding waterbird use and hatching success of three colonial waterbirds on Louisiana’s barrier islands. Nicholls State University Research Week, Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Raynor, E.J., A.R. Pierce, C. Leumas, and F. Rohwer. 2009. Breeding waterbird use and hatching success on Louisiana’s barrier islands. The 83rd Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences, Hammond, Louisiana, (3rd place award).

Raynor, E.J., A. Pierce, C. Leumas, and F. Rohwer. 2008. Breeding waterbird use and hatching success of three colonial seabirds on Louisiana’s barrier islands. The Waterbird Society 32nd Annual Meeting, South Padre Island, Texas.

Leumas, C., F. Rohwer, E. Raynor, and A. Pierce. 2008. Social facilitation and predation risk as factors in new colony formation by seabirds on Louisiana barrier islands. The Waterbird Society 32nd Annual Meeting, South Padre Island, Texas.

King, S.L., A. Pierce, K. Hersey, and N. Winstead. 2008. Migration patterns of Sandhill Cranes wintering in Central and Southwestern Louisiana. The 11th North American Crane Workshop, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Raynor, E.J., A.R. Pierce, C. Leumas, and F. Rohwer. 2008 (Poster). Breeding waterbird use and nest success at the Isle Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge, Louisiana. Louisiana Professional Biologists Annual Meeting, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Leumas, C., F. Rohwer, E.J. Raynor, and A.R. Pierce. 2008 (Poster). CWPPRA- restored barrier island attracts nesting Least Terns. Louisiana Professional Biologists Annual Meeting, Lafayette, Louisiana.

McWhorter, D.E. and A.R. Pierce. 2008 (Poster). Evaluation of Alternative Bank Protection Structures on Vegetative Communities. Nicholls State University Research Week, Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Hupp, C.R., A.R. Pierce, and P.A. Townsend. 2008 (Invited). Floodplain geomorphic processes, sedimentation, and ecological impacts of hydrologic alteration along Coastal Plain Rivers. Integrating Science into the Restoration and Manangement of Floodplain Ecosystems of the Southeast, Little Rock, Arkansas.

McWhorter, D. and A.R. Pierce. 2007. Evaluation of alternative bank protection structures on vegetative communities. Society of Wetland Scientists, South Central Chapter Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee.

Pierce, A.R. and S.L. King. 2007. A comparison of avian communities and habitat characteristics in bottomland hardwood forests along altered and unaltered tributaries of the Hatchie River, TN. Southeast Partners In Flight Annual Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee.

Mryncza, G.M., K.E. Knight, A.R. Pierce, and A.L. Spiller. 2006 (Poster). Evaluating Nashville Crayfish Habitat and Restoration Potential in Pavilion Branch. NC SRI Conference: Stream Restoration in the Southeast, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Pierce, A.R. and S.L. King. 2006. The influence of channelization on overbank sedimentation dynamics in bottomland hardwood forests. The Ecological Society of America 91st Annual Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee.

Pierce, A.R. 2006 (Invited). Sedimentation, hydrology, and bottomland hardwood forest succession in altered and unaltered tributaries of the Hatchie River. Community of Scholars Seminar, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Pierce, A.R., S.L. King, K.R. Hersey, and N. Winstead. 2006 (Poster). Sandhill crane migration patterns and winter movements in southwestern and central Louisiana. Tenth North American Crane Workshop Meeting, Zacatecas, Mexico.

King, S.L., J.A. Nyman, and A.R. Pierce. 2006 (Poster). Assessment of whooping crane habitat needs at White Lake, Louisiana: Historic conditions and current questions. Tenth North American Crane Workshop Meeting, Zacatecas, Mexico.

Pierce, A.R. and S.L. King. 2005 (Invited). Sedimentation, hydrology, and bottomland hardwood forest succession in altered and unaltered tributaries of the Hatchie River, TN. The Nature Conservancy: Hatchie River Partner’s Meeting, Brownsville, Tennessee.

King, S.L. and A.R. Pierce. 2005 (Invited). Effects of hydrologic and geomorphic alterations on bottomland hardwood forests. USFWS Lower Mississippi River Valley Ecosystem Team Meeting, Stuttgart, Arkansas.

Pierce, A.R. and S.L. King. 2005. Overbank sedimentation dynamics in bottomland hardwood forests of the Hatchie River watershed, Tennessee. Society of Wetland Scientists 26th Annual Meeting. Charleston, South Carolina.

Pierce, A.R. and S.L. King. 2004 (Invited). Sedimentation rates along tributaries of the Hatchie River. The Nature Conservancy: Hatchie River Partner’s Meeting, Brownsville, Tennessee.

Pierce, A.R. and S.L. King. 2004. A comparison of sediment deposition rates and types in bottomland hardwood forests along altered and unaltered tributaries of the Hatchie River, TN. Society of Wetland Scientists 25th Annual Meeting. Seattle, Washington.

Pierce, A.R. and S.L. King. 2003 (Poster). Effects of valley plugs on succession of bottomland hardwood forest communities in the Hatchie River Watershed, Tennessee. Society of Wetland Scientists 24th Annual Meeting. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Wells, A.R., D.G. Hodges, and A.R. Pierce. 2003. Estimating marginal economic values for bottomland hardwood ecosystem attributes. Society of American Foresters National Meeting. Buffalo, New York.

Pierce, A.R. 2002. Factors contributing to flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) mortality: Implications for wildlife. Tennessee Chapter: The Wildlife Society 25th Annual Meeting. Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee.

Pierce, A.R. and K. Rabenold. 2001. Population dynamics of flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) and forest community structure at the Ross Biological Reserve. Midwestern Ecology and Evolution Conference. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Pierce, A.R. and M.T. Murphy. 1999. Habitat preferences of Neotropical migrant birds on San Salvador, Bahamas. American Ornithologists’ Union Annual Meeting. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

GRANTS:

Pierce, A.R. and R. Boopathy. Enhancement of Marine and Environmental Biology Student Recruitment through Graduate Study. Louisiana Board of Regents Graduate Fellow Grant. 2014 – 2017. Total: $30,000.

Pierce, A.R. Sex-bias in natal recruitment, age of first breeding, and site fidelity of Royal Tern and Sandwich Tern. Nicholls Research Council. August 2014 – May 2015. Total: $3360.

Pierce, A.R. Food habits and food resource availability for wintering waterfowl at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. August 2013 – August 2015. Total: $8,050.

Pierce, A.R. Thibodaux Wetland Assimilation Project. City of Thibodaux. July 2012 – July 2015. Total: $132,545.

Pierce, A.R. and R. Boopathy. Enhancement of Marine and Environmental Biology Student Recruitment through Graduate Study. Louisiana Board of Regents Graduate Fellow Grant. 2012 – 2015. Total $30,000.

Risch, T. and A.R. Pierce. Short-term impacts of a major oil spill on Black Skimmers in the Gulf of Mexico: Identification of Vital Use Areas. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. May 2012 – Dec. 2013. Total: $26,600.

Bednarz, J. and A.R. Pierce. Short-term impacts of a major oil spill on Black Skimmers in the Gulf of Mexico: Identification of Vital Use Areas and Recommendations to Enhance Population Recovery. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. May 2011 – Dec. 2011. Total $17,700.

Young, C., G. Lo, E. Melancon, A. Pierce. Enhancing Physical and Biological Science Computing Facilities at Nicholls State University. Louisiana Board of Regents Enhancement Grant. June 2010 – June 2011. Total $48,996.

Pierce, A.R. Enhancing Raptor Habitat with Artificial Perches. Nicholls Research Council. October 2010 – May 2011. Total $5,320.

Ferrara, A., A.R. Pierce, Q. Fontenot, G. LaFleur. Bay Champagne Dune and Beach Community Restoration. Gulf of Mexico Community-based Restoration Partnership. Jan. 2010 – Dec. 2010. Total $51,912.

Pierce, A.R. and E. Melancon Jr. Thibodaux Wetland Assimilation Project. City of Thibodaux. July 2009 – July 2012. Total: $136,649.

Pierce, A.R. Enhancing biological fieldwork capabilities of the Department of Biological Sciences at Nicholls State University. Louisiana Board of Regents Enhancement Grant. June 2009 – June 2010. Total: $28,317.

Pierce, A.R. and F. Rowher. Understanding the use of barrier islands as nesting habitat for Louisiana birds of concern. State Wildlife Grant. Jan. 2008 – Dec. 2010. Total: $133,500.

Pierce, A.R. Relationships among sedimentation, hydrology, and bottomland hardwood forest succession. Hatchie River Project of The Nature Conservancy. October 2004. Total: $3,553.

Pierce, A.R. Travel Grant. Graduate School, University of Tennessee. May 2004. Total: $250.

Pierce, A.R. and S.L. King. Evaluation of impacts from excessive sediment deposition on bottomland hardwood forest in the Hatchie River Watershed, USFWS Quick Response Grant, May 2004 – May 2005. Total: $10,000.

Pierce, A.R. Comparative Avian Community Composition of the Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves, Costa Rica. Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research, May-August 2000. Total: $1,000.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE:

University Committees: Budget, Courses and Curriculum, Honors Program, Graduate Council, and Research Council.
Department Committees: Courses and Curriculum, Inventory (Co-Chair), Merit (Chair), Strategic Planning, Student Awards, Graduate (Chair).

 PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:

President, 2013-2014, Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists/Louisiana Chapter, The Wildlife Society.

Board of Directors, 2012-2014, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Inc.

President-Elect, 2010-2012, Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists/Louisiana Chapter, The Wildlife Society.

Reviewer for: Arid Land Research and Management, Ecological Engineering, Forest Ecology and Management, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Journal of Tropical Forest Science, Journal of Wildlife Management, Natural Areas Journal, Restoration Ecology, Southeastern Naturalist, Wetlands, Wetland Ecology and Management, and Wilson Journal of Ornithology.

Memberships: American Ornithologists’ Union, Ecological Society of America, Sigma Xi, Society of Conservation Biology, Society of Wetland Scientists, The Wildlife Society, The Waterbird Society, Beta Beta Beta (Biological Honor Society), and Gamma Sigma Delta (Honor Society of Agriculture).

AWARDS:

Research and Sponsored Programs’ Top 10 Researcher, 2014.

Nicholls State University Service Award, 2010, Response to BP Environmental Disaster.

Honorary Alpha Lambda Delta membership, 2012, selected by first year students with GPA >3.5.

GRADUATE STUDENTS:

Eric Ledet, 2013-Present, M.S. Thesis Title: Food Habits and Diet Composition of Wintering Waterfowl at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area.

 Ashlee Minor, 2013-Present, M.S. Thesis Title: Forested Freshwater Wetland Responses to Secondarily Treated Municipal Effluent Discharge.

 Jeff Leitchy, 2012-Present, M.S. Thesis Title: Diet Composition and Breeding Site Fidelity of Royal Tern and Sandwich Tern on Louisiana Barrier Islands.

David Curtiss, Graduated 2013, M.S. Thesis Title: Wintering waterbird use of Louisiana’s Barrier Islands.

Jordan Bell, 2009-Present, M.S. Thesis Title: Effects of artificial perches on raptor and small mammal populations.

Tabitha Owen, Graduated 2010, M.S. Thesis Title: Habitat Requirements and Productivity of Colonial Waterbirds Nesting on the Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge, Louisiana.

Edward Raynor, Graduated 2010, M.S. Thesis Title: Understanding the Use of Barrier Islands as Nesting Habitat for Louisiana Waterbirds.

GRADUATE STUDENT COMMITTEES:

John Grosh, 2013 – Present, M.S. Thesis Title: Effects of environmental hypoxia on the fish community structure in the upper Barataria Estuary, Louisiana.

Brehan Furfey, 2011-Present, M.S. Thesis Title: Short-term Impacts of a Major Oil Spill on Black Skimmers in the Gulf of Mexico. Arkansas State University

Bo Boudreaux, Graduated 2013, M.S. Thesis Title: Assessment of Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides Age, Growth, Gonad Development, and Diet within the Upper Barataria Estuary.

Victoria Bacheler, Graduated 2013, M.S. Thesis Title: Mobile Fauna Associated with Constructed Oyster Reefs and Adjacent Marsh Edge in a Louisiana Estuary.

Taren Manley, Graduated 2012, M.S. Thesis Title: Spotted Gar Lepisosteus oculatus diets in the Upper Barataria Estuary.

Daniel O’Malley, Graduated 2012, M.S. Thesis Title: The Effects of Wave Energy and Emersion Regime on Initial Oyster Community Development on Constructed Oyster Reefs.

Rachel Ianni, Graduated 2010, M.S. Thesis Title: Monitoring the Diets of Predatory Fish: The Use of Predators to Suppress Non-Native Tilapia in Port Sulphur, Louisiana.

Mark Linson, Graduated 2010, M.S. Thesis Title: Initial Oyster Reef-Building Potential on Constructed Shoreline Structures used for Erosion Control in a Louisiana Salt Marsh.

Sean Jackson, Graduated 2009, M.S. Thesis Title: Seasonal Diversity and Abundance of Larval and Juvenile Fish in the Upper Barataria Estuary.

Nicholas Gaspard, Graduated 2008, M.S. Thesis Title: Comparison of Intertidal Oyster Populations Between a Rock Breakwater and a Natural Reef in Lower Barataria Estuary.

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