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John Fleeger

Louisiana State University

Department of Biological Sciences

202 Life Sciences Building
Baton Rouge, LA  70803  

zoflee@lsu.edu

Project List:

Long-Term Impact, Recovery and Resilience: Wetland plant-microbial-benthic ecosystem responses to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and mitigation strategies promoting sustainability

Year 6-8 Investigator Grants (RFP-V)Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Accelerating Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the Plant-Microbial-Benthic Ecosystem to Mitigation Strategies Promoting Wetland Remediation and Resilience

Year 3-5 Investigator Grants (RFP-II)Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impacts and Recovery in Louisiana Coastal Wetlands: Long-Term Effects on Plant-Soil-Benthic Systems

Year One Block Grant - Louisiana State UniversityRole: Co-Principal Investigator

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 6

In Press/Early Release

Fleeger, J. W., Riggio, M. R., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Deis, D. R. (In-Press). Recovery of saltmarsh meiofauna six years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, .

2017

Deis, D. R., Fleeger, J. W., Bourgoin, S. M., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., & Hou, A. (2017). Shoreline oiling effects and recovery of salt marsh macroinvertebrates from theDeepwater HorizonOil Spill. PeerJ, 5, e3680.

2016

Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I. A., Graham, S. A., Hou, A., Fleeger, J. W., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Response of salt marshes to oiling from the Deepwater Horizon spill: Implications for plant growth, soil surface-erosion, and shoreline stability. Science of The Total Environment, 557-558, 369–377.
Murawski, S., Fleeger, J., Patterson, W., Hu, C., Daly, K., Romero, I., et al. (2016). How Did the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Affect Coastal and Continental Shelf Ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico? Oceanog, 29(3), 160–173.

2015

Fleeger, J., Carman, K., Riggio, M., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., et al. (2015). Recovery of salt marsh benthic microalgae and meiofauna following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill linked to recovery of Spartina alterniflora. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 536, 39–54.

2012

Mendelssohn, I. A., Anderson, G. L., Baltz, D. A., Caffey, R. H., Fleeger, J. W., Joye, S. B., et al. (2012). Oil Impacts on Coastal Wetlands: Implications for the Mississippi River Delta Ecosystem after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. BioScience, 62(6), 562–574.

Conference Presentations - 32

2017

Cagle, G., Song, Y., Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I. A., Fleeger, J., Dies, D., et al. (2017). The effects of planting and fertilization on native soil microbial community in Louisiana coastal marshes affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.
Deis, D. R., Fleeger, J. W., Bourgoin, S. M., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., & Hou, A. (2017). Effects of Shoreline Oiling on Salt Marsh Macroinvertebrates. In National Association of Environmental Professionals Annual Conference 2017. Durham, NC : 03/27/17-03/30/17.
LaCour-Conant, K., Johnson, D. S., Fleeger, J. W., Deis, D. R., Lin, Q., Hou, A., et al. (2017). Long-term impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil exposure on the southern ribbed mussel (Geukensia demissa granosissma): implications for salt marsh-stabilizing facilitation. In 38th Annual meeting of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Thibodaux, LA : 05/25/17-05/26/17: Poster.
Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I. A., Graham, S., Fleeger, J. W., Hou, A., & Deis, D. R. (2017). Six-Year Response and Recovery of Coastal Salt Marsh Vegetation to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.

2016

Cagle, G., Song, Y., Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I. A., Fleeger, J., Dies, D., et al. (2016). The effects of planting and fertilization on native soil microbial community in Louisiana coastal marshes affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf Estuarine Research Society Fall 2016 Meeting. Pensacola Beach, FL : 11/03/16-11/05/16: Poster.
Deis, D. R., Fleeger, J. W., Bourgoin, S. M., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., & Hou, A. (2016). Analysis of Marsh Loss and Erosion within Northern Barataria Bay, Louisiana: The Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In 8th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration. New Orleans, LA : 12/10/16-12/15/16.
Deis, D. R., Fleeger, J. W., Bourgoin, S. M., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., & Hou, A. (2016). Long-term Effects of Shoreline Oiling in Salt Marsh Macroinvertebrates. In 8th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration. New Orleans, LA : 12/10/16-12/15/16.
Fleeger, J. W., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Benthic Responses to Saltmarsh Remediation Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In 16th International Meiofauna Conference. Heraklion, Greece : 07/03/16-07/08/16: Poster.
Fleeger, J. W., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Recovery of Salt Marsh Benthic Microalgae and Meiofauna Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Linked to Recovery of Spartina alterniflora. In 8th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration. New Orleans, LA : 12/10/16-12/15/16.
Fleeger, J. W., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Recovery of the Saltmarsh Meiofauna Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In 16th International Meiofauna Conference. Heraklion, Greece : 07/03/16-07/08/16.
Hou, A., Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I. A., Graham, S., Fleeger, J. W., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Responses of Indigenous Microbial Communities to the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill in Louisiana Saltmarshes: a 5-Year Study. In 8th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration. New Orleans, LA : 12/10/16-12/15/16.
Lin, Q., Fleeger, J. W., Hou, A., Graham, S., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Long-Term Impact, Recovery and Resilience: Wetland plant-microbial-benthic ecosystem responses to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and mitigation strategies promoting sustainability. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I. A., Graham, S., Fleeger, J. W., Hou, A., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Long-term Response of Coastal Salt Marsh Vegetation to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I. A., Graham, S., Fleeger, J. W., Hou, A., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Vegetation Recovery of Coastal Salt Marshes Impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In 8th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration. New Orleans, LA : 12/10/16-12/15/16.

2015

Ackoury, K. N., Hess, C., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Fleeger, J. W., Deis, D. R., et al. (2015). Temporal changes of oil-degrading bacteria in Louisiana salt marsh sediments after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Bourgoin, S. M., Deis, D. R., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Fleeger, J. (2015). Analysis of marsh loss and erosion within Northern Barataria Bay, Louisiana: the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Bourgoin, S. M., Deis, D. R., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Fleeger, J. (2015). Analysis of marsh loss and erosion within Northern Barataria Bay, Louisiana: the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 2015 Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Annual Spring Meeting. Jacksonville, FL : 03/13/15-03/14/15: Poster.
Deis, D., Bourgoin, S., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, Q., & Fleeger, J. (2015). Effects of Shoreline Oiling on Salt Marsh Macroinvertebrates 2012-2014. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Deis, D. R., Bourgoin, S. M., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Fleeger, J. (2015). Effects of shoreline oiling on salt marsh macroinvertebrates 2012-2015. In Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 2015. Portland, OR : 11/08/15-11/12/15.
Fleeger, J., Carman, K., Riggio, R., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., et al. (2015). Recovery of the Saltmarsh Benthic Community Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Linked to Recovery of Spartina alterniflora. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I., Graham, S., Hou, A., Fleeger, J., & Deis, D. (2015). Recovery of structure, function and sustainability of coastal salt marshes impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in northern Barataria Bay. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., Fleeger, J., & Deis, D. (2015). Accelerating Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the plant-microbial-benthic ecosystem to mitigation strategies promoting wetland remediation and resilience. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.

2014

Deis, D., Bourgoin, S., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Fleeger, J. (2014). Accelerating recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the macroinvertebrate communities to shoreline oiling effects. In National Association of Environmental Professionals 39th Annual Conference. St. Petersburg, FL - 04/07/14 - 04/10/14: Poster.
Deis, D., Bourgoin, S., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Fleeger, J. (2014). Accelerating recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the macroinvertebrate communities to shoreline oiling effects. In Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration. New Orleans, LA : 07/28/14 -08/01/14: Poster.
Fleeger, J. W., Carman, K. R., Riggio, M. R., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., et al. (2014). Effects of and recovery from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the saltmarsh benthic community. In US-China International Workshop on Key Processes and Regulation of Wetland Ecosystem. Baton Rouge, LA : 11/10/14 -11/12/14.
Hou, A., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Fleeger, J., & Deis, D. (2014). Responses of indigenous microbial communities to oil contamination in Louisiana saltmarsh sediments. In US-China International Workshop on Key Processes and Regulation of Wetland Ecosystem. Baton Rouge, LA : 11/10/14 -11/12/14.
Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I., Hou, A., Fleeger, J., & Deis, D. (2014). Long-term Recovery of Ecological Structure and Function of Deepwater Horizon Oil-Impacted Coastal Marshes in Northern Barataria Bay. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I., Hou, A., Fleeger, J., & Deis, D. (2014). Long-term Recovery of Structure and Function of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impacted Louisiana Coastal Salt Marshe. In US-China International Workshop on Key Processes and Regulation of Wetland Ecosystem. Baton Rouge, LA : 11/10/14 -11/12/14.
Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., Carman, K., Fleeger, J., & Deis, D. (2014). Accelerating Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the plant-microbial-benthic ecosystem to mitigation strategies promoting wetland remediation and resilience. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., Fleeger, J., & Deis, D. (2014). The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response and recovery of Coastal Marshes. In Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference. Sacramento, CA : 6/8/14 -6/12/14.

2013

Fleeger, J., Carman, K., Riggio, M., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., & Hou, A. (2013). Response of saltmarsh meiofauna to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In International Meiofauna Conference in Korea. Ansan, South Korea : 07/15/2013-07/26/13.
Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., Carman, K. R., Fleeger, J. W., & Deis, D. R. (2013). Accelerating Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the plant-microbial-benthic ecosystem to mitigation strategies promoting wetland remediation and resilience. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013: Poster.