Craig S. Hood

Director of Environment Program & Professor

Dr. Craig S. Hood photo
Office Location
462 Monroe Hall
Mailing Address
Biological Sciences
Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 25
New Orleans, LA 70118
Direct Phone
(504) 865-2193
Fax Number
(504) 865-2920
E-mail Address
Personal Website


Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1986; M.A., CSU Fullerton, 1981; B.A., CSU Fullerton, 1977

Short Bio

Dr. Hood joined the Department of Biological Sciences in 1986 and was a founding faculty member of the Environment Program in 1990.  His research focuses on ecology and evolutionary biology using video-based image analysis and multivariate statistics. Dr. Hood's recent work examines geographic variation and evolution in vertebrates; spatial ecology of wetland plants; and conservation biology of mammals.   Dr. Hood's expertise is in concepts of evolution, ecology, and the relationship between form and function in plants and animals.    In 2004, he conducted the first mammal biodiversity survey of the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, documenting nearly 30 species of resident mammals (bats, rodents, rabbits, carnivores, and deer).     Those studies established a baseline of species diversity, population abundance and use of major forest, swamp and marsh habitats of the park.    Post-Katrina, a second study updated the status of the park's species and started a longterm monitoring program.  

Courses Taught

  • Investigating Nature
  • Biology of Organisms
  • Evolution
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy