Doctor of Philosophy - 1981
Zoology major, Wildlife Management minor
Department of Zoology and Physiology
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
1976 - 1981
Master of Science - 1976
Wildlife Science major, Botany minor
Department of Wildlife Science
Utah State University, Logan
1973 - 1976
Bachelor of Science - 1972
Zoology major, Botany minor
Department of Biology
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
1968 - 1972
Additional academic study:
Colorado State University, 1982: Habitat Evaluation; 3 hrs.
University of Minnesota, Itasca Biology Station, 1973; 10 hours
Retired (2016 – present)
Research Scientist, Institute for Coastal and Water Research, University of Louisiana (2010- 2015)
Research Wildlife Biologist/Pilot, US Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, Louisiana (1993 – 2010)
Fish and Wildlife Biologist/Pilot, US Fish and Wildlife Service (1981 – 1993)
Teaching Assistant, LSU Zoology, 1976-1981
Research Assistant, Utah State University, 1973-1976
Dr. Michot worked from 2010 through 2015 at the University of Louisiana as a Research Scientist at the Institute for Coastal and Water Resources (formerly the Institute for Coastal Ecology and Engineering) where he conducted research in Louisiana wetlands and served on numerous university committees. Dr. Michot was also a member of the Graduate Faculty and Adjunct Faculty in Biology from 1997 through 2018. He served as major professor and advisor for 3 graduate students in Biology (2 MS and 1 PhD) and served on a number of graduate student advisory committees.
Dr. Michot taught the following courses at UL Lafayette:
BIOL 312 – Introduction to Coastal Ecology (a new course initiated by Dr. Michot, Spring 2012)
BIOL 309 – Wildlife Ecology and Management
BIOL 410 – Coastal Community Resilience Studio
ENVS 364 – Environmental Field Assessment
Prior to coming to UL, Dr. Michot worked as a Research Wildlife Biologist (GS-13) for the U.S. Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center, (now Wetlands and Aquatic Research Center), Lafayette, LA, from 1987 to 2010 (supervisor: Dr. Thomas W. Doyle, Branch Chief, Wetland Ecology Branch, NWRC, Lafayette, LA). The National Wetlands Research Center was originally situated under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), then under the National Biological Survey, then most recently under the USGS. Dr. Michot’s research focus at NWRC was on the ecology and management of coastal marshes, mangrove forests, and seagrass beds bordering the Gulf of Mexico and how wintering waterfowl and other birds used those habitats. Studies completed in previous years, in addition to those listed above, included effects of impoundment management on waterfowl and waterbirds; bird use of coastal marshes in southeast Louisiana; effects of waterfowl herbivory on submersed aquatic vegetation on Marsh Island, Louisiana; and foraging ecology and contaminants of diving ducks wintering in the seagrass beds of the northern and western coasts of the Gulf of Mexico.
Prior to his term with the National Wetlands Research Center, Dr. Michot worked for USFWS from 1981 to 1987 as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist doing primarily coastal management work. At that position he worked in the Ecological Services office in Lafayette. The primary function of that office was to evaluate the environmental impacts of all Federal projects, or any projects that required a Federal license or permit. As such, Dr. Michot conducted field investigations and worked with applicants and representatives from other government agencies (Federal, State, and local) as well as from non-government organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, and from the private sector. The objective of this effort was to minimize or eliminate impacts to fish and wildlife resources, to mitigate any impacts that remained, and to oppose the project if impacts were unacceptable. As such, Dr. Michot gained a great deal of experience dealing with coastal and wetland management issues in Louisiana and along the Gulf of Mexico coast.
Prior to starting his career with DOI, the incumbent worked as a teaching assistant at the LSU Department of Zoology and Physiology. He taught General Biology, General Zoology, Embryology, and Animal Ecology laboratories. He also worked as a research assistant conducting research on petroleum contaminant effects on water snakes along the Mississippi River. Prior to his stint at LSU, Dr. Michot worked as a research assistant at Utah State University, working on redhead duck nesting ecology.
Dr. Michot worked in the private sector intermittently during summers and between degrees during his undergraduate and graduate student years. He served as Executive Assistant to the President, Company Pilot, and Manager of the Commissary for Burger Chef Restaurants of Louisiana and Mississippi. Prior to graduate school he worked as the Environmental and Arts Coordinator for the Louisiana Council for Music and the Performing Arts (the State Arts Council). Dr. Michot also is self employed as a musician in a Cajun band and a member of the Board of Directors for Michot Family LLC.