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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 daughter, Ada, and dog, Pip – if you see them out and about, be sure to say “hi”!

Jane Kunberger

Jane Kunberger is a Research Associate who is using remotely sensed data and GIS to identify coastal prairie remnants in southern Louisiana. She is also working on an app that incorporates spatial data to help wildlife managers identify habitat patches for conservation and management. Prior to her current position, Jane received her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Alabama and her M.S. in Renewable Natural Resources from LSU, where she also worked in the Long Lab! For her M.S., Jane investigated the influence of forest management practices on bat habitat use in Louisiana.

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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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Allison (Alee) Vestal-Laborde

Alee Vestal-Laborde is a Ph.D. student in Renewable Natural Resources with a concentration in Wildlife and is the Lab Manager for Anatomy Lab at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Alee earned her M.S. in Biochemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and her four B.S. degrees from NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Alee is interested in wildlife disease ecology, especially in migratory waterfowl.


Undergraduate Researchers


Will Fitterer

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Kraig Oramous

Abby Erwin

Ravynn Garcia

Abby Ligon

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Tatum Hipp

Ariana Tashakkori

Eden Regan

Former Lab Members

Chloe Crawford

Chloe Crawford earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management with a concentration in Wildlife Habitat Management from Louisiana State University. She started her M.S. program in summer 2022 and will be examining public perceptions and adoption of prescribed fire as a land management practice in Louisiana. She will also help connect private landowners to the new and existing resources they need to implement prescribed fire on their properties.


Nancy Raginski

M.S. Student


Dr. Melanie Colón

Post-doctoral Researcher

Drew Finn

M.S. Student

Ty Price

Lindsey Newton

Sam Pettibone

Naya Black

Undergraduate Researcher

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Kaiser Franck

Undergraduate Researcher

Justine Bernard

Student Worker: Communications


Jazmyn Bernard

Avian Research Assistant

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Dakota Mengel

Undergraduate Researcher
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