Meet Rusty Gaudé, the scientist featured in the Red Swamp Crawfish podcast:
Where do you work?
I am the Louisiana Sea Grant field extension fishery agent for the Mississippi River delta parishes, utilizing a mixed experience base including both private fishery sector and academia. Sharing my NOAA Sea Grant joint appointment as a faculty member of the Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter, I am able to draw from the combined resources of both organizations based on the LSU campus located inland at Baton Rouge.
What do you study?
My research is focused on the commercial quantities of Louisiana quahog clams, I am engaged in developing a new State industry from an underutilized fishery resource.
What are three titles you would give yourself?
Systemic naturalist, fishery realist, aquacultural optimist (and a native New Orleanian!).
What do you like to do when you are not working?
Landscape horticulture, working for the advancement of human sensitivity.
What do you like most about science?
Discovering what is blatant but unrecognized.