lab         Aquatic Ecology                                   and                                     Astacology Lab            .

Nicholls State University

2019 AEA Lab: (L-R) Ben Bates, Dr. Chris Bonvillain, Gabby Sisson, and Rissa Inselman.

Research in the Aquatic Ecology and Astacology Lab at Nicholls State University focuses on the ecology and biology of Louisiana crayfishes and aquatic systems.  Research efforts assess ecological functions of aquatic habitats, the effects of physical and chemical habitat characteristics on aquatic biota, physical and physiological responses of aquatic biota to environmental hypoxia, changes in physicochemistry and biotic communities due to natural and anthropogenic influences, and distribution, life history characteristics, and diversity of crayfishes throughout the state.

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Procambarus zonangulus
Amia calva
Faxonius palmeri
Procambarus clarkii
Atchafalaya River Basin





Nicholls Biology
Dr. Chris Bonvillain
International Association of Astacology
Louisiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Nothing shocks me, I’m a scientist.” – Dr. Indiana Jones

Back off man, I’m a scientist.” – Dr. Peter Venkman


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