Experts Available to Speak about Flood-related Topics
Topics include climate, disaster recovery, economic impacts and more
BATON ROUGE – A variety of experts and scholars are available to provide context, accurate information and analysis about the historic floods currently in Texas. Please check back here as this list will be updated.
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Areas of Expertise: Climate extremes including heavy rainfall and hurricanes; detection of climate change and its impacts; statistical analysis of extremes and Probable Maximum Precipitation.
LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology - Richard J. Russell Professor and Louisiana State Climatologist
Areas of Expertise: Flooding in inland communities across the U.S. and resilience to natural disasters. Wrote The Conversation article: Americans who live far from coasts should also be worried about flooding.
LSU Department of Environmental Sciences Professor
Areas of Expertise: Historical and social geography of hazards. Wrote The Conversation article: Suburban sprawl and poor preparation worsened flood damage in Louisiana.
LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology Professor
Areas of Expertise: Disaster recovery; nonprofits/charitable response; environmental justice; technological disasters; evacuation; and vulnerable populations.
LSU Department of Sociology Assistant Professor
Areas of Expertise: Disaster response and evacuations.
LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute Director of Research & Operations
Areas of Expertise: Flood maps; how to work with FEMA; rights of the insured and uninsured.
LSU AgCenter - Instructor and Extension Specialist
Areas of Expertise: Residential housing flood remediation; building science; energy management; indoor air quality; disaster mitigation and restoration; universal design. LaHouse Resource Center is an educational sustainable housing demonstration facility: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/lahouse
LSU AgCenter - Director of LaHouse Resource Center, Professor and Extension Housing Specialist
Areas of Expertise: Hazard-resistant construction and mitigation; performance of housing and other built infrastructure subjected to natural hazards; combined wind and flood interactions on structures; post-event data acquisition; remote sensing of building damage; hazard-resistant and sustainable construction; integration of Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, in hazards research; hazard mitigation planning and mitigation decision-making; and lost estimation.
LSU Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management Associate Professor
Areas of Expertise: Disaster recovery and mitigation; flood zone designations and requirements; hazard-resistant construction methods and techniques; building science and mitigation construction research; hazard resistant building codes.
LSU AgCenter Extension Associate for the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department and LaHouse Resource Center staff
Areas of Expertise: Flood insurance plans; flood maps; land use issues, extreme weather, coastal restoration, and climate change. He produced the Law Review articles: Applying Life Insurance Principles to Coastal Property Insurance to Incentivize Adaptation to Climate Change, 43 Environmental Affairs Law Review 427–461 (2016) and The Hurricane Katrina Levee Breach Litigation: Getting the First Geoengineering Liability Case Right. He maintains the Climate Change Law and Policy Project Blog.
LSU Law Center – Director of the Climate Change Law and Policy Project and Professor of Law
Children & Family
Areas of Expertise: Regional, labor and health economics; public finance; applied econometric and environmental-related studies.
Economics and Policy Research Group – Director; Department of Economics Associate Professor of Research
Areas of Expertise: Ports; regional and energy economics; state and local taxation; forecasting; public policy.
Public Administration Institute Professor and Department of Economics Professor
Floods, Rivers and Storm Surge
Areas of Expertise: Watershed and groundwater flow, fate and transport modeling in aquifer systems and surface water.
LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor
Areas of Expertise: Hydrology of forested wetlands and watersheds; management of bottomland and coastal forests; hydrological interactions between forests, soils and the atmosphere; scaling of hydrological processes; dendrochronology.
LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources Associate Professor
Areas of Expertise: Watershed hydrology; physical and numerical modeling of rivers
LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – Mike N. Dooley P.E. Professor and Director of the Center for River Studies
Areas of Expertise: Fate and transport of chemical contaminants during hurricanes and floods, handling debris after disasters and impacts of storm surge on industrial facilities.
LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering - Elizabeth Howell Stewart Professor and Director of the Hazardous Substance Research Center
Photo, Documents and Book Restoration
Areas of Expertise: Recovering damaged photos and other items; documenting natural disasters, cultural heritage, archival process and audiovisual preservation.
LSU School of Library & Information Science - Assistant Professor
Areas of expertise: Recovery of photos that have sustained water damage; photography archives.
LSU Libraries - Photographic Processing Archivist
Communication and Social Media
Areas of Expertise: Social media use during natural disasters; crisis informatics; visual analytics; information system development, application of data mining; natural language processing techniques; and digital and data curation.
LSU School of Library and Information Science Assistant Professor
Areas of Expertise: Social media effects and sharing in times of disaster and emergency.
Manship School of Mass Communication Professor and Director of the Social Media Analysis and Creation Lab
Animal Welfare, Pets and Wildlife
Mustajab Mirza, DVM, DACVS
Areas of Expertise: Horses; equine surgery.
Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery
Javier Nevarez, DVM, PhD, DACZM, DECZM
Areas of Expertise: Alligators; Gulf Coast wildlife.
Professor of Zoological Medicine
Areas of Expertise: Medical and public health entomology; mosquitos; honeybees.
LSU Department of Entomology Assistant Professor
Areas of Expertise: Entomology and Gulf Coast insect ecology.
LSU Department of Environmental Sciences Professor
LSU AgCenter’s information on how to best prepare your home, family, pets and property: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/family_home/hazards_and_threats/are_you_ready
Tips for Pet Owners: http://www.lsu.edu/vetmed/vet_news/tips_for_pet_owners.php
Tips for Horse Owners: http://www.lsu.edu/vetmed/vet_news/tips_for_horse_owners.php
What to Do if You Encounter Wildlife: http://www.lsu.edu/vetmed/disaster_preparedness/wildlife.php
Disaster Preparedness: http://www.lsu.edu/vetmed/disaster_preparedness
LSU also maintains a list of hurricane experts. For more information, visit: http://www.lsu.edu/mediacenter/news/2017/05/2017hurricaneexpertslist.eb.php
Contact Alison Satake
LSU Media Relations
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