JORGE A. VILLA
I am a wetland scientist with a keen interest in the study of wetland ecosystem functions. My professional goal is to provide stakeholders with quantitative information useful in decision-making processes regarding wetland management, aiming to increase ecosystem services. My interests includes ecological engineering-based approaches to wetland management, creation and restoration.
Robert received his Bachelor of Sciences in Environmental Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2018. During his undergraduate studies he spent time looking at the relationship between inundation periods and biomass change in Spartina patens. Starting his MS studies in Environmental Resource Science during the fall of 2019 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Robert’s current research interests pertain to coastal plant communities in South Louisiana, with focus on greenhouse gas emissions. As he spends most of his free time in the marsh, he is passionate about understanding the underlying biogeochemical mechanisms in these communities and their relation with climate change. Starting his MS studies in Environmental Resource Science during the fall of 2019 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Robert’s current research interests pertain to coastal plant communities in South Louisiana, with focus on greenhouse gas emissions. As he spends most of his free time in the marsh, he is passionate about understanding the underlying biogeochemical mechanisms in these communities and their relation with climate change.
PhD Student, MS alumnus
I graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in Fall 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Ecology, Environmental Science, and Evolutionary Biology. During my undergrad, I caught lots of Eurycea cirrigera, the two-lined salamander, to learn when its metamorphizing stage occurred. I was introduced to social, economic, ecological, and political issues within the Louisiana wetlands working as a field technician in my undergrad, which led me to pursue an M.S in Environmental Resource Science and now a PhD in Earth and Energy Sciences here at ULL. I enjoy going outside, gardening, embroidering, playing electric guitar, cooking good food, herping, drinking boba tea, and learning new skills or topics in the environmental science field. I am now researching how saltwater intrusion can affect methane fluxes and native plant species in Louisiana's tidal marshes. Since I am from New Orleans, I would love to stay in Louisiana to work in its natural wetland ecosystems.
Hello! I am Mahpara Mashiyat, a PhD student in the Earth and Energy Sciences program in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I graduated from Asian University for Women, majoring in Environmental Sciences in 2018. I stared studying at ULL in Fall 2022. I was born and raised in the coastal city of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Growing up I have seen the city suffer from the effects of sea level rise and extreme weather events. I wanted to study climate science to better comprehend the challenges associated with it and how science can assist in decision making. My research will focus on topics related to methane flux changes with an interest towards microbial activities. I usually read, cook, organize and hangout with people in my free time. My general topics of interest outside of Environmental Sciences and Climate Change are geopolitics, geography, languages, policies, government, diplomatic dialogue and international organizations.
Bonjour! (Hello) I obtained my undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) in 2017. Prior to joining the M.S. program of Environmental Resource Science at ULL in 2020, I worked part-time with various organizations in Lafayette, Louisiana. These include the Coastal Wetland Planning Protection and Restoration Act, the U.S. Geological Survey, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, the Acadiana Park Nature Station, the Acadiana Center for the Arts, and ULL AmeriCorps. I am now working part-time as an Administrative Assistant with the Louisiana Department of Health, Safe Drinking Water Program. My current research will investigate the above and belowground response of mature bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) stands in South Louisiana to salinity and modified hydroperiods. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, hiking, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.
Hi, I’m Claire! I graduated from Adrian College (Adrian, Michigan) in the spring of 2021 with bachelor's degrees in Geology and Environmental Science. I grew up exploring the Great Lakes region where I first developed a love for the natural world and a curiosity for understanding it. After I saw the aftermath of the BP Oil Spill, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the sciences, specifically to do research on the Gulf Coast. Right now, I am working on a M.S. in Geology and my research focuses on the effects of faulting on coastal land loss in Louisiana. My future goals include working towards a PhD and wherever that may lead me! In my free time I enjoy painting, reading, and spending as much time outdoors as I can.
MS Student, Undergraduate Research Assistant Alumnus
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS AND INTERNS
SCHOOL OF GEOSCIENCES
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
219 Hamilton Hall
611 McKinley St.
Lafayette, LA. 70503