Brian LeBlanc

LeBlanc, Brian D.
Title Professor Emeritus
Department School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences
Address 1 237 J.C Miller Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone 225-578-1023
Fax 225-578-1403

Ph.D., Department of Fisheries (Pathology/Disease). March 1991: Auburn University, AL.

MS (1984), BS (1981): Southeastern Louisiana University. Hammond, LA.

July 2012 to Present: Professor, School of Plant, Environment, and Soil Sciences, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and Louisiana Sea Grant College Program. Louisiana State University, 70803.

July 2000 to June 2012: Associate Professor, School of Plant, Environment, and Soil Sciences , Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and Louisiana Sea Grant College Program. Louisiana State University, 70803.

November 2008 to January 2010: Interim Research Coordinator, LSU AgCenter, Coastal Area Research Station, Port Sulfur, LA.

February 1992 to August 2000: Marine Advisory Agent, Louisiana State University Agriculture Center and Louisiana Sea Grant College Program.

1991-1992: Post Doctorate Research Fishery Biologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pathobiology Branch. Sabine Island, Gulf Breeze, FL.

1987-1991: Research Assistant, Parasitology. Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. Ocean Springs, MS.

Recent focus has been on conducting research, educating clientele, and producing educational materials and strategies to mitigate non‐point source pollution emitted from many potential sources including both agriculture and urban/suburban sources. Target audiences for these efforts include land owners or managers, the public at large, Extension and Sea Grant Marine Agents and state and federal agencies. The program recognizes that in order for educational programs to be successful in mitigating water quality impairments in estuarine and near coastal water bodies, and to address the Gulf Hypoxia issue, efforts must address the sources of these pollutants regardless of their geographical location in the state.. For that reason much of the work has been directed towards audiences such as agriculture, urban/suburban, and other land uses. For example, work with dairy lagoon waste treatment efforts using phytoremediation education and research to assist small dairy producers with increased regulatory oversight and challenges associated with waste reuse and handling. Novel and experimental wastewater treatments are ongoing using floating marshes (artificial islands) and selected plants to effectively treat wastewater.


Jeff Beasley, Jay McCurdy, Brian LeBlanc, Barry Stewart, and Ron Strahan. 2017. Nutrient BMPs for Golf Courses in Louisiana and Mississippi. LSU AgCenter Publication 3619.

Moreira, V.R. and B.D. LeBlanc. 2017. Treatment of Human Wastewater Using Floating Wetlands Systems. Louisiana Agriculture, Fall 2017 Vol. 60. No. 4, pp 30-32.

LeBlanc, Brian. 2017. Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana Inland Hypoxia. Louisiana Agriculture, Fall 2017 Vol. 60. No. 4. pp 36-37.

Moreira, V.R. and Brian LeBlanc. 2017. Improving the Environment Through Precision Feeding Louisiana Agriculture. Fall 2017 Vol. 60. No. 4, p 48.

Davis, T.R., Sheffield, R.E, S. Hall, B. LeBlanc, C. Theegala, 2012. Development of a Biological Filter Utilizing Organic Growth Media for Wastewater Treatment and Nitrogen Oxidation. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology. B2 (2012) 62-73.

V. R. Moreira, B. D. LeBlanc, E. C. Achberger, C. Leonardi, 2010. Design and Evaluation of Dairy Parlor Wastewater Effluent Sequential Biological Treatment in Southeastern Louisiana. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 26:125-136.

LeBlanc, B. D. and Overstreet,. R. M 1991. Efficacy of calcium hypochlorite (HTH) as a disinfectant of the shrimp virus Baculovirus penaei. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 3:141-145.

LeBlanc, B. D. Overstreet, R. M and Lotz, J. M 1991. Relative susceptibility of Penaeus aztecus to Baculovirus penaei. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 22 (3): 173-177.

LeBlanc, B.D. and Overstreet R. M.. 1991. Effect of desiccation, pH, heat, and ultraviolet irradiation on viability of Baculovirus penaei. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 57:277-286.

LeBlanc, B. D. and Overstreet, R. M 1990. Prevalence of Baculovirus penaei in experimentally infected white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) relative to age. Aquaculture 87:237-242.


Principal Investigator. Vetiver Planted Floating Islands to Treat Municipal Lagoon Wastewater. 19,500. La. DEQ. April 2013-April 2015.

Co- Principal Investigator with Buddhi P. Lamsal (Iowa State University), P Somasundaran (Columbia University), John Andrew Nyman and Christopher C. Green (LSU). 500,000. EPA Research Category: Environment Impact and Mitigation of Oil Spills. Producing and Characterizing Bacillus subtillis Biosurfactants with Potentially Lower Environmental Impact for Salt Water Applications. 2013-2016.

Co- Principal Investigator with Vinicius Moreira Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Project, $39,000. Intensive wastewater treatment for environmental sustainability in Lake Pontchartrain Basin dairies.

Principal Investigator, Louisiana Water Quality Coordination Project. USDA-CSREES. Completed 9/2014. $140,000.

Principal Investigator, Public Outreach Program for NPS Pollution in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality 319 Grant. Completed 12/07, $253,320.

Co-Principal Investigator, Implementation of testing of two dairy waste treatment systems and propagation of SAV for transplantation into Lake Pontchartrain. NOAA Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program. Completed 9/07. $92,775

Co-Principal Investigator, Biological Treatment of Wastewater. 2003 USDA Tillage, Silviculture, and Waste Management Special Grant. Completed. $58,195

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