Principal Investigator

Dr. Solomon R. David

An avid fan of “primitive fishes” and advocate for native fishes conservation, Solomon strives to effectively communicate science to both the research community and general public. He received his B.S. in Biology from Ohio Northern University, followed by an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. His graduate research focused on conservation ecology of Great Lakes fishes, including projects on Lake Trout, Chinook Salmon, and Spotted Gar. Solomon has also conducted postdoctoral research in fish ecology at Shedd Aquarium, U.S. Geological Survey, and Michigan State University. He now serves as assistant professor of biological sciences at Nicholls State University where he continues his research at #GarLab.

GRADUATE STUDENTS (M.S. in Marine & Environmental Biology)

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Sarah Fontana

Sarah was born and raised in Raceland, Louisiana, and received her B.S. in biology (marine biology concentration) from Nicholls State University (2018). Her undergraduate thesis research investigated the ability of invasive Apple Snails Pomacea maculata to host the parasitic Rat Lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis. While she enjoyed studying invertebrates, her current research involves studying the spawning and early life history of the Spotted Gar Lepisosteus oculatus in Louisiana. Follow Sarah and her research on Twitter @SarahFontana814


Anthea (Thea) Fredrickson

Thea is originally from California and graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Marine Biology (2015). Her undergraduate thesis focused on understanding the difference in isotope concentrations between populations of stranded California Sea Lions Zalophus californianus. Since completing her undergraduate degree, Thea has worked and traveled all over the world studying a variety of creatures from tiny guppies in Trinidad, to massive Whale Sharks Rhincodon typus in Mexico. Her current research focuses on trophic ecology of the Spotted Gar Lepisosteus oculatus in the bayou and coastal regions of Louisiana. Follow Thea and her research on Twitter @Atfredri

KristieRae Ellis

KristieRae is originally from Wisconsin and graduated from Carthage College with a B.A. in Environmental Science. Her undergraduate thesis research focused on the impacts of urbanization on Northern Leopard Frogs Lithobates pipiens. Since completing her undergraduate degree, KristieRae has worked on several restoration and monitoring projects throughout the Midwest and Virginia. Her passion for restoration has led to many different opportunities, including adult and larval fish surveys, prescribed burns, and river building. KristieRae’s current research is focused on understanding fish assemblages within a newly restored coastal marsh habitat in southeastern Louisiana. Follow KristieRae and her research on Twitter @KristieREllis

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Kaylee Gleason (Undergraduate Alum)

Kaylee is from Denham Springs, Louisiana, and graduating with her bachelor of science in biology with a concentration in marine biology. She wants to continue doing research on Bowfin or other predatory fishes. Follow Kaylee on Twitter @KayleeEGleason