Dr. Ashley M. Long

Dr. Ashley M. Long is an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Louisiana State University's School of Renewable Natural Resources. Dr. Long completed her undergraduate education at Northland College (Ashland, WI), where she received her B.S. in Biology. She earned her M.S. in Biological Sciences from Emporia State University (Emporia, KS), where she examined the influence of prescribed burning on birds in shrub-encroached shortgrass prairie with Dr. William E. Jensen. For her Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, she examined avian responses to variation in vegetation structure and composition with Dr. Michael L. Morrison at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX).


Prior to joining RNR, Dr. Long was a Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, where she worked on issues related to T&E, at-risk, and nuisance wildlife. Outside work, Dr. Long and her husband love trying out new recipes and spending time outdoors with their dog, Pip – if you see them out and about, be sure to say “hi”!

Jane Kunberger

Jane Kunberger earned her B.S. in Environmental Science at the University of Alabama and is an M.S. student in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at LSU. Jane is examining the influence of commercial forestry practices on bat species occurrence and activity in Louisiana.  


John Macey

John Macey is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Texas A&M University and is co-advised by Dr. Roel Lopez at TAMU and Dr. Ashley Long at LSU. He has been wildlife biologists with the U.S. Army since 2004 working with indigo snakes, red-cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises, and many more! Prior to his current position at the Fort Hood Military Reservation where he conducts research on golden-cheeked warblers, he earned is B.S. and M.S. from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. For his dissertation research, John is examining migratory connectivity for warblers and studying the potential effects of geolocator deployment on the demography and behavior of the species.


Michael Gamble

Michael Gamble will be joining the lab as an M.S. student in fall 2021. More information coming soon!

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Alison (Alee) Vestal-Laborde

Alee Vestal-Laborde will be joining the lab as an M.S. student in fall 2021. More information coming soon!


Undergraduate Researchers


Chloe Crawford


Kraig Oramous

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Abby Erwin


Ravynn Garcia

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Abby Ligon

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Ariana Tashakkori

Former Lab Members and Field Assistants

Nancy Raginski

M.S. Student

Dr. Melanie Colón

Post-doctoral Researcher


Drew Finn

M.S. Student

Lindsey Newton

Sam Pettibone

Undergraduate Researcher

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Kaiser Franck

Justine Bernard

Undergraduate Researcher

Student Worker: Communications

Jazmyn Bernard

Avian Research Assistant

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Naya Black

Undergraduate Researcher


Dakota Mengel

Undergraduate Researcher