A long-standing fact widely accepted among the scientific community has been recently refuted, which now has major implications on our understanding of how Earth has evolved.
Members of the media may be interested in contacting LSU experts for comment or analysis throughout the 2015 hurricane season. LSU’s faculty study all aspects of risks associated with living in the coastal zone, and their areas of expertise include evacuation and emergency preparation; waves, wind and storm surge; water and environmental issues; and coastal land loss.
LSU experts are available to assist media covering the 5-year anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Below are several university researchers with expertise on this subject. Please continue to check the list, as resources will be added.
Chris D’Elia, dean and professor, School of the Coast & Environment
Areas of Expertise: Nutrient dynamics in aquatic systems; estuarine ecology; coral reef ecology; algal/invertebrate symbiosis; science history and policy; math and science education; marine pollution; global climate change; analytical chemistry.
Linda Hooper-Bui, associate professor, Department of Environmental Sciences
Areas of Expertise: Community structure, niche theory, disturbance/disaster ecology and multi-stressors in ecosystems, climate change and sea-level rise, intricate details of basic biology about how insects and spiders survive stressors, food webs and nutrient dynamics – from large scale to miniscule.
Emily Maung-Douglass, oil spill specialist, Louisiana Sea Grant
Areas of Expertise: Chemical evolution and breakdown of petroleum and dispersants in the environment as well as their interactions with the ecosystem.
Edward Overton, emeritus professor, Department of Environmental Sciences
Areas of Expertise: Analytical-Environmental Chemistry – trace organic analyses using high resolution separation techniques and high resolution gas chromatography-mass spectrometry; environmental monitoring; environmental analyses and their associated data interpretation; management and presentation techniques; application of analytical techniques and chemical principles to emergency spill responses; chemical hazard evaluations and risk assessments; analytical instrument development for use with hazardous chemical spill incidents, ambient environmental monitoring and monitoring in closed (indoor) environments; development of methods to detect, assess and mitigate environmental chemical hazards
Ralph Portier, professor, Department of Environmental Sciences
Areas of Expertise: Aquatic and marine toxicology; bioremediation; oil spills (including Valdez); protocol for assessing bioremediation techniques; wastewater bioremediation
Eugene Turner, LSU Boyd Professor, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Studies
Areas of expertise: Biological oceanography, conservation, environmental management, estuarine ecology, fisheries ecology, restoration, sustainable systems, wetlands.
Prosanta Chakrabarty, curator of fishes, LSU Museum of Natural Science
Areas of Expertise: deep sea fish in Gulf, including those that live near oil platforms; systematics of marine and freshwater fishes
Julie Lively, assistant professor, specialist, fisheries, Louisiana Sea Grant
Areas of expertise: Marine chemical cue ecology, crab biology, and marine invasive species.
Andy Nyman, professor, School of Renewable Natural Resources
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Areas of expertise: Response of coastal marshes to sea-level rise or petroleum pollution, waterbirds, Spartina patens leaf tissue chemistry, denitrification.
Pat Skinner, instructor — extension specialist, LSU AgCenter
Areas of expertise: Disaster Programs, including natural hazards, technological hazard and plant, animal and food biosecurity.
Darryl Bourgoyne, former director, Petroleum Engineering Research and Technology Transfer, or PERTT, Lab
Areas of Specialization: deep water drilling engineering, managed pressure drilling, unbalanced drilling, well control and blowout prevention.
Richard Hughes, professional in residence, Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering
Areas of Specialization: Co2-enhanced oil recovery and carbon sequestration, offshore oil spill risk scenarios, reservoir engineering, natural gas engineering.
Francisco R. Hung, associate professor, Cain Department of Chemical Engineering
Areas of Specialization: materials science, computations and systems, environmentally-benign dispersants to combat oil spills.
John H. Pardue, director of the Louisiana Water Resources Institute, Elizabeth Howell Stewart Endowed Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Areas of Specialization: biological remediation, wetlands, environmental chemistry, fate and transport of contaminants, environmental engineering.
John Rogers Smith, professor emeritus, Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering
Areas of Specialization: deep water drilling engineering, managed pressure drilling and unbalanced drilling, well control and blowout prevention, well design.
Chandra Theegala, professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, LSU AgCenter
Areas of Specialization: agriculture bioproduct utilization, waste treatment and management, biosensors.
Louis J. Thibodeaux, professor emeritus, Cain Department of Chemical Engineering
Areas of Specialization: chemodynamics, chemical separations, multimedia environmental modeling, bedsediment remediation.
Kalliat T. Valsaraj, vice president of research & economic development, Charles & Hilda Roddey Distinguished Professor, IKE East Professor, Cain Department of Chemical Engineering
Areas of Specialization: environmental chemical engineering, modeling the fate and transport of contaminants in all three environmental media (air, water, soil, sediment).
Craig E. Colten, Carl O. Sauer Professor, Department of Geography and Anthropology
Areas of expertise: human dimensions of hazards, historical geography, community resilience and adaptation.
David Dismukes, executive director, professor, Center for Energy Studies, Department of Environmental Sciences
Areas of Specialization: analysis of economic, statistical and public policy issues in energy and regulated industries.
“Deepwater Moratorium and Louisiana Impacts,” “Overview on Offshore Drilling and Production Activities in the Aftermath of Deepwater Horizon,” “Long-Term Energy Sector Impacts from the Oil Spill” and “Overview and Issues Associated with the Deepwater Horizon Accident” are available online at http://www.enrg.lsu.edu/presentations/2010.
How can communities build resilience to adverse events such as oil spills or hurricanes? A community’s ability to buffer or counteract stressors that disasters may cause or worsen depends on its people having and using social resources and networks.
The Louisiana State Archives will showcase the work of the Louisiana Endangered Cemetery Project with an exhibit running through the end of March. The exhibit features cemetery research documented by Jessica H. Schexnayder with the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program at LSU and Mary H. Manhein with the LSU FACES Lab.
On Wednesday, Feb. 11, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; officials from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, or CPRA; the Baton Rouge Area Foundation; LSU; the City of Baton Rouge; and the Water Institute participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for River Studies.
Kam-biu Liu, LSU George W. Barineau III Professor and Chair of the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences of the School of the Coast and Environment, has been awarded the prestigious Siu Lien Ling Wong Visiting Fellowship.
In a part of the world that is experiencing the most dramatic increase in temperature and climate change, two very similar species of animals are responding very differently. New research published today suggests that how these species have adapted to co-exist with one another might be to blame.
Maria Vozzo’s strong interest in Deepwater Horizon research led her from North Carolina to Louisiana to study the oil’s effects on local oysters.
Her work has a wide scope, from the oyster’s environmental conditions to their cellular responses. Maria’s creative adaptation of commercial oyster equipment for her research may also improve them for fisherman’s use.
Recent Honors College graduate Edward Lo has had his 2013 Honors Thesis accepted for publication in Geo-Marine Letters, a prestigious marine geology scholarly journal. Edward is the first author, and his thesis advisor Dr. Samuel Bentley, Director of the LSU Coastal Studies Institute, is second author. Dr. Kehui Xu, Assistant Professor of Oceanography at LSU, is third author.