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Thomas C. Michot


Thomas C. Michot, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Institute for Coastal Ecology and Engineering
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
P.O. Box 43688
Rougeou Hall, Room M20
Lafayette, LA 70504
Office: 337-482-1799
email: tcmichot@louisiana.edu icee.louisiana.edu

Dr. Michot received his Ph.D. from LSU in Zoology and Physiology, after having earned an MS from Utah State University and a BS from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He worked for 30 years as a biologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior (Fish and Wildlife Service and USGS – National Wetlands Research Center). Dr. Michot is now a Research Scientist at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the Institute for Coastal Ecology and Engineering (ICEE). Dr. Michot's research focus is on the ecology and management of coastal marshes, mangroves, and seagrass beds in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, and how wintering waterfowl and other birds use those habitats. Current and recent projects deal with mangrove range expansion and freeze tolerance in coastal Louisiana; saltmarsh dieback in coastal Louisiana; changes in emergent marsh vegetation communities; habitat requirements of the ivory-billed woodpecker; effect of nutrient loading, salinity, water color, and light restriction on submersed aquatic vegetation in St. Johns River, Florida; hurricane impacts to seagrass beds and emergent marsh in coastal Louisiana, Honduras and Guatemala; distribution and abundance of colonial waterbirds in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas; waterfowl foraging ecology along Gulf coast. Dr. Michot has published over 100 scientific papers and has made an equal amount of scientific presentations on these and other topics. Dr. Michot is also a member of the UL Lafayette Graduate Faculty and is Adjunct Faculty in the Biology Department. He currently teaches Biology 312 (Introduction to Coastal Ecology), Biology 410 (Coastal Community Resilience Studio), and Biology 309 (Wildlife Ecology and Management) and advises graduate students.

Selected Publications:

Viana, Duarte S., Luis Santamaria, Thomas Michot, Jordi Figuerola. 2013. Allometric scaling of long-distance seed dispersal by migratory birds. American Naturalist (in press).

Viana, Duarte, Luis Santamaría, Thomas Michot, & Jordi Figuerola. 2012. Migratory strategies of waterbirds shape the continental-scale dispersal of aquatic organisms. Ecography 35: 001–009.

Burcham, Angela K., Joy H. Merino, Thomas C. Michot, and John A. Nyman. 2013. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi occur in Louisiana common cordgrass species marshes. Gulf of Mexico Science (in press).

Boustany, Ronald G., Thomas C. Michot, and Rebecca F. Moss. 2010. Effect of nutrients and salinity pulses on biomass and growth of Vallisneria americana from the Lower St. Johns River, FL, USA. Wetland Ecology and Management 18:203–217.

Howard, R.J., Michot, T.C., and Allain, Larry, 2011, Vegetation of Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana—Recent plant communities with comparison to a three-decade-old survey: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011–5174, 16 p.

Doyle, Thomas W., Richard H. Day, and Thomas C. Michot. 2010. Development of sea level rise scenarios for climate change assessments of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. U. S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1165. 110 p.

Michot, Thomas C., Richard H. Day, and Christopher J. Wells. 2010. Increase in black mangrove abundance in coastal Louisiana. Louisiana Natural Resources News (Newsletter of the La. Assoc. of Professional Biologists), January 2010:4-5.

Boustany, R.G., T.C. Michot, and R. Moss. 2010. Effects of salinity and light on biomass and growth of Vallisneria americana from Lower St. Johns River, Florida, U.S.A. Wetlands Ecology and Management 18:203-217.

Dantin, Darrin D., Ronald G. Boustany, Michael A. Lewis, Stephen J. Jordan, Rebecca F. Moss, and Thomas C. Michot. 2010. Effects of nutrient pre-exposure on atrazine toxicity to Vallisneria americana Michx. (wild celery). Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 58:622-630.

Dobbs, Robert C., Wylie C. Barrow, Jr., Clinton W. Jeske, Jennifer DiMiceli, T. C. Michot, and James W. Beck. 2009. Short-term effects of hurricane disturbance on food availability for migrant songbirds during autumn stopover. Wetlands 29(1):123-134.

Michot, T.C., M.C. Woodin, and A.J. Nault. 2008. Food habits of redheads wintering in seagrass beds of coastal Louisiana and Texas. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 54(Suppl. 1):239-250.

Woodin, Marc C., Thomas C. Michot, and M. Clare Lee. 2008. Salt gland development in migratory redheads (Aythya americana) in saline environments on the winter range, Gulf of Mexico, USA. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 54(Suppl. 1): 251-264.

Green, M. Clay, Margaret C. Luent, Thomas C. Michot, Clinton W. Jeske, Paul L. Leberg. 2008. Comparison and assessment of aerial and ground estimates of waterbird colonies. J. Wildl. Manage. 72:697-706.

Michot, T.C., Wells, C.J., and Chadwick, P.C. 2007. Aerial rapid assessment of hurricane damages to north gulf coastal habitats. Pp. 87-96 In Farris, G.S., Smith, G.J., Crane, M.P., Demas, C.R., Robbins, L.L., and Lavoie, D.L. (eds.), Science and the storms: the USGS response to the hurricanes of 2005. U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1306.

Faulkner, S.P., W.C Barrow, T.W. Doyle, M. Baldwin, T.C. Michot, C.J. Wells and C.W. Jeske. 2007. Sediment deposition from Hurricane Rita on Hackberry Beach Chenier in southwest Louisiana. Pp. 157-162 In Farris, G.S., Smith, G.J., Crane, M.P., Demas, C.R., Robbins, L.L., and Lavoie, D.L. (eds.), Science and the storms: the USGS response to the hurricanes of 2005. U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1306.

Barrow, W., P. Chadwick, B. Couvillion, T. Doyle, S. Faulkner, C. Jeske, T. Michot, L. Randall, C. Wells, and S. Wilson. 2007. Cheniere forest as stopover habitat for migrant landbirds: immediate effects of Hurricane Rita. Pp. 147-156 In Farris, G.S., Smith, G.J., Crane, M.P., Demas, C.R., Robbins, L.L., and Lavoie, D.L. (eds.), Science and the storms: the USGS response to the hurricanes of 2005. U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1306.

Michot, T.C., M.C. Woodin, S. Adair, and E.B. Moser. 2006. Diurnal time activity budgets of redheads (Aythya americana) wintering in seagrass beds and coastal ponds in Louisiana and Texas. Hydrobiologia 567:113-128.

Woodin, M.C., and T.C. Michot. 2006. Foraging behavior of redheads (Aythya americana) wintering in Texas and Louisiana. Hydrobiologia 567:129-141.

Albrecht, Tomas, Jakub Kreisinger, David Hoøák, Petr Klvaòa, Thomas C. Michot, Karel Weidinger. 2006. Factors determining pochard nest predation along a wetland gradient. Journal of Wildlife Management 70(3):784-791.

Merino, J. H., J. A. Nyman, and T. C. Michot. 2005. Effects of season and marsh management on submerged aquatic vegetation in coastal Louisiana brackish marsh ponds. Ecological Restoration 23(4):235-243.

Michot, T.C., and M.C. Woodin. 2005. Redhead (Aythya americana). In J. Kear (ed.) Bird Families of the World: Ducks, Geese, Swans and Screamers. Oxford University Press, UK.

Figuerola, J., A. Green, and T.C. Michot. 2005. Invertebrate eggs can fly: evidence of waterfowl-mediated gene flow in aquatic invertebrates. Amer. Nat. 165(2):274-280.