Lou’s research has primarily focused on the development of environmentally and economically sustainable management practices for aquaculture with emphasis in nutrition, feed development and feeding practices. Many of his contributions to aquaculture enterprise are founded in efficiency-based modifications of production practices for the farming of red swamp crayfish (deep water without planted forage), the freshwater prawn (low input semi-intensive culture), hybrid striped bass (two-phase growout), and the channel catfish (modular systems). He has evaluated effective alternatives to the use of fishmeal and fish oil in aquafeeds, investigated the potential of different additives to feeds to increase digestive efficiency and disease resistance, and developed successful formulated diets as replacements for live food for culture of larval crustaceans and fish. In North Carolina, his chosen state of retirement, he has developed and soon plans to test a formulated bait for use in the blue crab fishery and is planning and applying strategies to increase government support of aquaculture research and development in the United States. Lou retired from Mississippi State University in 2013 as a Giles Distinguished Professor of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture after 29.5 years of service. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been bestowed with the honor of Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society and received the Distinguished Life-Time Achievement Award from the United States Aquaculture Society. Lou has served as President of the World Aquaculture Society and the National Shellfisheries Association and is recipient of 43 independent awards and honors for teaching, research, and service. He is author or co-author of 177 publications which include 88 journal articles and four books and an array of technical reports. He has served a combined 62 years as an Associate Editor/Editorial Board member for 6 journals and Editor for 1 magazine and 1 book series and currently serves as Section Editor of the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society.