Current Projects

The greenhead saltmarsh horse fly, Tabanus nigrovittatus, is an integral part of the Spartina marsh ecosystem. Its larvae represent the top of the invertebrate food pyramid in the marsh soil. Population crashes after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill suggest that horse flies could serve as bioindicators of marsh health and toxic effects of oil intrusion.

Therefore, we study changes in population numbers, population genetic structure and the food web of horse flies in response to catastrophic events and recovery.

Watch a project summary on YouTube

 

Watch a student presentation at Coastal Connections on YouTube

 

Read an article on the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative website

 

Read an article in the Baton Rouge Advocate