Louisiana is home to several shark species. The bays, estuaries, and lakes serve as nursery grounds for adult females and juveniles. The sharks found here for most of the year include the bull shark, spinner shark, blacktip shark, and hammerheads.
The bull shark, highly dangerous to humans, is found throughout Louisiana. In August 2022, a 6ft long bull shark was caught by an angler, Joseph Rohaley, when he was fishing in Lake Pontchartrain.
List of the Different Types of Sharks in Louisiana
|Bull Shark||7-12 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Blacktip Shark||5-8 feet||Moderately aggressive|
|Spinner Shark||7 -8 feet||Not aggressive|
|Scalloped Hammerhead Shark||9-12 feet||Moderately aggressive|
|Smooth Hammerhead Shark||8-12 feet||Not aggressive (but potentially dangerous)|
|Great Hammerhead Shark||15-20 feet||Highly aggressive|
1. Are there great white sharks in Louisiana?
2. Has there been any shark attacks in Louisiana?
I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.