Home of the Louisiana Freshwater Sponge Hunters
Welcome to the Louisiana Freshwater Sponge Hunters page!
This page is currently under construction and we are updating it
The Louisiana Freshwater Sponge Project was started by
Dr. Mary Miller and a group of interns through Baton Rouge Community
College, in the Summer of 2019. The project was a follow up from the
original survey that was conducted by Dr. Michael
Poirrier in 1968
. Aims of the Project:
1. Bring awareness of freshwater sponges to the general public
through outreach. activities.
2. Provide research experiences to
first and second year college students.
3. Continuously monitor the
freshwater sponge population in Louisiana as environmental health
indicators and to share those finding in scientific journals and
The project is now shared between two institutions:
Baton Rouge Community College
still led by Dr. Miller, and Louisiana
Universities Marine Consortium
, led by Dr. Stephanie Archer. The two
have continued to collaborate with Dr. Poirrier to identify sponges and
answer questions related to these environmental health indicators.
For direct information, please contact Dr. Mary Miller at:
Scientific collection of sponges for
this project is governed through the issued Louisiana Wildlife and
Fisheries scientific collecting Permit #SCP202.