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Patrick Hesp

Patrick Hesp

Richard J. Russell Professor
Chair, Department of Geography and Anthropology

What was your previous position and where?

Associate Professor in geomorphology in the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

What brought you to LSU?

Three reasons: I was conducting research in Brazil and eastern Canada and the travel and time costs were prohibitive; grant monies in New Zealand were limited; and greater opportunities available at LSU and in the USA.

What is your research interest?

Coastal and desert dune dynamics, ecology and geomorphology; coastal archaeology; and Holocene sea levels and beach ridge evolution.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

I hope to continue to try to conduct cutting edge research in coastal geomorphology and dune dynamics; expand our initial research on palaeo-indian archaeological sites in the Gulf of Mexico; and, with the help of my colleagues, continue to build the capabilities and research stature of my department and expand the Disaster Science Management program at LSU.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

The opportunity to conduct research and work with some of the finest coastal scientists around, and the interactions across diverse disciplines.

What are your major accomplishments?

I think I may have contributed some insight into how coastal beaches and dunes respond to various forcing functions over time scales of 10,000 years to daily and hourly events.


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