Principal Investigator


Dr. Christopher Bonvillain

Ph.D.Wildlife and Fisheries Science,
Louisiana State University
M.S.Marine & Environmental Biology, Nicholls State University
B.S.Biology, Environmental Biology conc., Nicholls State University

Bonvillain CV

I am an aquatic ecologist with interests ranging from ecosystem-level physical processes to organismal biology and ecology.  I enjoy Louisiana and have spent my career working in the multitude of aquatic ecosystems throughout the state.  Although crayfish and fish are my principal research organisms, all biota in the aquatic realm pique my interest.  Take a couple of minutes to look around and contact me with any questions.

Graduate Students

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Lauren Kong
Lauren is from Alamo, California and graduated from Mills College with a B.A. in biology and a minor in environmental studies.  Her thesis is examining population characteristics of Procambarus clarkii from hydrologically impaired areas in the Atchafalaya River Basin.



Alexa Ballinger
Alexa is from Reno, Nevada and graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a B.S. in fisheries science.  Her thesis is examining crayfish population characteristics in two hydrologically different Louisiana river-floodplain systems.





Brandon Bergeron
Brandon is from Houma, Louisiana and graduated from Nicholls with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in biology with an environmental biology concentration.  His thesis is examining the diet of invertivorous and piscivorous fishes from two hydrologically different Louisiana river-floodplain systems.

Undergraduate Students

Lab Alumni

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P. zonangulus and P. clarkii

Jordan Logarbo
Jordan is from Geismar, Louisiana and graduated in Spring 2017 with a B.S. in biology, marine biology concentration.  Her honors undergraduate research examined the physical and physiological thermal maxima of two sympatric crayfishes in Louisiana, Procambarus clarkii and P. zonangulus.