The mission of the water and environmental section is to gain a better understanding of the hydrologic systems of Louisiana, particularly through increased knowledge of the properties of the state's aquifers. Besides research into Louisiana aquifers - especially how they interact with each other and with the state's rivers, lakes, and wetlands - research is also performed into water quality and how natural and man made pollutants are distributed and move within the aquifers, as well as interactions with surface water bodies. The results of this research into the state's hydrologic systems allows the LGS to provide effective technical assistance/support to various stakeholders of Louisiana water resources, thus aiding in Louisiana's management of this valuable resource.
Assistant Professor – Research
Douglas Carlson received a B.S. in both Geology and Geophysics from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology in 1981, an M.S. in Geophysics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Geosciences with a minor in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2001. Carlson worked Physics Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, as a Physics Instructor at Ball State University, as Associate Lecturer and Lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, and Research Hydrogeologist at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He joined the LGS in 2002. Carlson\’s areas of expertise include physical hydrogeology, groundwater modeling, groundwater surface water interactions, application of geophysical techniques to hydrogeologic studies, chemical hydrogeology and hydrology.
Research Associate 3
Riley Milner received a B.S. in Geology in 1985 at Louisiana State University. Following this he worked as a Research Associate 3 for the LSU Department of Geology and for International Technology as an Engineer/Scientist 4. He joined the LGS in 1998.Milner’s areas of expertise include environmental geology, Quaternary geology, geomorphology, subsurface stratigraphy and mapping, hydrology and water resources of Louisiana.