Irv Mendelssohn headshotIrving A. Mendelssohn

Position: Emeritus Professor, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences

Phone: 225-578-6425

Fax: 225-578-6423


Office: 3263 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Bachelor's Degree(s): B.A. Wikes College, 1969

Master's Degrees(s): M.S. College of William and Mary in conjunction with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 1973

Ph.D.(s): Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 1978

Research Interests:

Wetland and barrier island plant ecology, plant physiological ecology

Classes Taught:

OCS 4308. Plants in Coastal Environments
OCS 7124. Applied Coastal Plant Ecology

Selected Publications:

Schrift, A. and I.A. Mendelssohn. (accepted). Salt marsh restoration with sediment- slurry amendments following a drought-induced, large-scale disturbance. Wetlands.

Slocum, M.G. and I.A. Mendelssohn. 2008. Effects of three stressors on the vegetation of a oligohaline marsh. Freshwater Biology (in press).

Chen, H. J., I.A. Mendelssohn, B. Lorenzen, H. Brix, and S.L. Miao. 2008. Effects of phosphate availability and redox intensity on growth and nutrient uptake of Rhynchospora tracyi, a wet prairie species in the everglades. Wetlands 28:151-163.

Slocum, M.G. and I.A. Mendelssohn. 2008. Use of experimental disturbances to assess resilience along a known stress gradient. Ecological Indicators 8:181-190.

Hyfield, E.C.G., J. Day, I.A. Mendelssohn, and G.P. Kemp. 2007. A feasibility analysis of discharge of non-contact, once-through industrial cooling water to forested wetlands for coastal restoration in Louisiana. Ecological Engineering 29:1-7.

Rosas, H. R., P. Moreno-Casasola, and I.A. Mendelssohn. 2006. Effects of experimental disturbances on a tropical freshwater marsh invaded by the African grass Echinochloa pyramidalis. Wetlands 26:593-604.

Mendelssohn, I.A. and D. Batzer. 2006. Abiotic constraints for wetland plants and animals. PP. 82-114. in D.P. Batzer and R.R. Sharitz (eds). Ecology of Freshwater and Estuarine Wetlands. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Busch, J., I.A. Mendelssohn, B. Lorenzen, H. Brix, and S. Miao. 2006. A rhizotron to study root growth under flooded conditions. Flora 201:429-439.

Silliman, B.R., J. van de Koppel, M.D. Bertness, L.E. Stanton, and I.A. Mendelssohn. 2005. Drought, snails, and large-scale die-off of southern U.S. salt marshes. Science 310:1803-1806.

Slocum, M.G., I.A. Mendelssohn, and N.L. Kuhn. 2005. Effects of sediment slurry enrichment on salt marsh rehabilitation: plant and soil responses over seven years. Estuaries 28:519-528.

Chen, H.J., I.A. Mendelssohn, B. Lorenzen, H. Brix, and S.L. Miao. 2005. Growth and nutrient responses of Eloecharis cellulose (Cyperaceae) to phosphate level and redox intensity. American Journal of Botany 92:1457-1466.