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Press Release for Thursday, February 9, 2012

Audubon Director Discusses Hurricane Katrina Bird Population Impact

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 




Dr. Mark LaSalle, director of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, will discuss “Birds and Katrina: The Impact of the Storm on Bird Populations,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in UNF’s new Biological Sciences Building, Building 59, Room 1701. The lecture is free and open to the public. 


LaSalle is a wetland ecologist, providing expertise on wetlands, water quality and environmental impacts of humans. He also conducts a number of environmental education programs and workshops for youth, teachers, realtors, and the general public on a variety of subjects including wetlands, natural history, and environmental landscaping. 


In his current position with Audubon, LaSalle is responsible for coordinating the continued development of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center and expanding Audubon’s educational and citizen science programs in south Mississippi. Additionally, he is the coordinator of the Audubon Master Naturalist Program, an adult volunteer training program focusing on natural history. 


He is the recipient of the Chevron Conservation Award, the Mississippi Wildlife Federation Conservation Educator Award, the Gulf Guardian Award and the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award. LaSalle earned both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from University of Southwestern Louisiana and his doctoral degree from Mississippi State University. 


This event is sponsored by The Brotman Family Coastal Biology Lecture Series and the UNF Coastal Biology Flagship Program. For more information, contact Michelle Davis, UNF Coastal Biology Program, at (904) 620-2830 or at .