Alumni Spotlight - Brandon Boyd

B.S. '10, Coastal Environmental Science 
Research Physical Scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Coastal and Hydraulics Lab

Coastal Environmental Science alum Brandon Boyd is a research physical scientist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Coastal and Hydraulics Lab, where he works on wetland restoration, estuarine sediment dynamics, and development of a radionuclide tracer research program.

Boyd, along with Anna Normand, was the first recipient of the Andrew "Drew" Wilbert Memorial Scholarship Award in 2009. He later earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Delaware while on a NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve Fellowship, and a Ph.D. on radionuclide-based study of marsh accretion in contrasting estuary types, funded by a Department of Defense SMART Fellowship. 

Boyd is currently a research physical scientist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"The education and research experience I received at CC&E more than prepared me for graduate studies in oceanography," Boyd said. "As an undergraduate at LSU, I participated in class field trips to the coast, had my own research project, attended a research conference on coasts and estuaries, and went on a number of research cruises." 

Boyd said that his experiences in student government provided him with leadership and project management skills that he now uses daily. 

"Most importantly, my time at LSU and CC&E taught me to enjoy what you do and do what you enjoy."