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The LSU College of the Coast & Environment mourns and honors the memory of the late Bill Gibson who passed away in September 2021.
This fall and summer, five LSU students from Coastal Environmental Science, Biological Sciences, and Biochemistry have received grants from LSU Discover to perform research with mentors from the LSU College of the Coast & Environment, or CC&E.
This June, LSU alumna Camille Salters (nee Golden), who earned her master's in environmental sciences in 2013, was promoted to Associate Principal Owner of Pickering Firm, Inc., a full discipline firm that specializes in facility design, civil engineering, surveying, transportation, and natural/water resources.
The LSU College of the Coast & Environment mourns and honors the memory of the late Dr. Ralph J. Portier, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Environmental Sciences
Interview with CC&E's Dr. Paul Miller about fascinating LSU-led research in the Gulf of Mexico that could help pinpoint the number of hurricanes we can expect each season.
Rivers and deltas can release significant amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming. But until recently, climate modelers have had limited information on this process. A team of LSU scientists, in collaboration with Southern University, have accepted the challenge of analyzing this complex carbon export in the largest delta in the United States--the Mississippi River Delta. The LSU team is led by Associate Professor Zuo "George" Xue and comprises three additional faculty members from the College of the Coast & Environment: Professor Eurico D'Sa, Associate Professor Kanchan Maiti, and Associate Professor Victor Rivera-Monroy, along with several graduate students.
In this video, meet Rebeca de Jesús Crespo and learn more about her efforts to protect low-income communities from mosquito-borne diseases.
CC&E Professor Among LSU Research Team Awarded $1.4 Million Equipment Grant from the National Science Foundation
A team from the Louisiana State University Superfund Research Program (LSU SRP), along with colleagues at the LSU AgCenter and Pennington Biomedical Research Center, have been awarded a $1.4 million grant through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program.
LSU Coast & Environment Researcher Working to Improve Climate Change Impact Forecasts for Marine Ecosystems
A new international study that includes research from LSU found that higher resolution data are critical to predict how ocean warming will impact various ocean species and marine ecosystems. LSU scientist Cheryl Harrison co-coordinated the team of 23 international researchers from the U.S., Australia, Europe, and Canada, who produced this milestone paper for marine climate change impact projections. She is an assistant professor in the LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences within the College of the Coast & Environment and in the LSU Center for Computation & Technology.
CC&E's Paul Miller is part of a team of researchers who have determined a way to forecast rough hurricane seasons in the Gulf of Mexico by looking at atmospheric temperatures in spring.
For years, LSU and its College of the Coast & Environment have nurtured international collaborations with Panama to enable Panamanian industry and government leaders to make informed decisions about the conservation, management, protection and development of coastal and environmental assets.
NSF Awards LSU College of the Coast & Environment Researchers to Determine Climate Change Impacts on Florida Stone Crabs
The LSU College of the Coast & Environment, or CC&E, is leading a team of researchers that has been awarded $922,033 from the National Science Foundation to conduct ground-breaking research to identify how climate change will impact one of Florida’s most iconic fisheries, the Florida stone crab.
On July 29, Center for Energy Studies Executive Director and CC&E Professor David Dismukes presented a draft of the updated greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory report to a committee of scientists advising Governor John Bel Edwards' Climate Initiatives Task Force. The report will serve as a starting point to develop strategies for meeting the governor's emission reduction goals.
What is the “Dead Zone?” And why is it growing in the Gulf of Mexico? CC&E's Dr. Nancy Rabalais joins LSU President William F. Tate IV to answer these questions; give a behind-the-scenes look at an oceanographer's life both on deck and below; and describe her journey to being elected to the most prestigious scientific society in the U.S., the National Academy of Sciences.
Recreational fishing in the U.S. is a hobby that scales up to a multibillion-dollar economic activity. At the beginning of the pandemic last spring as things were shutting down, fisheries science researchers at LSU, U.S. Geological Survey and Clemson University saw the opportunity to study how the pandemic was affecting recreational anglers. “What we found is people still fished and in fact, they fished a little bit more during the pandemic,” said LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Assistant Professor Stephen Midway, who is the lead author of this study that is published in PLOS ONE.
With research and educational programs spanning decades, the LSU College of the Coast & Environment, or CC&E, provides sound, unbiased research that enables leaders to make scientifically-based decisions that improve the lives of individuals and communities while preserving, protecting, and restoring our coast and environment for future generations. In fiscal year 2021, the college received 77 sponsored research awards valued at $8,322,662--a 54 percent increase in dollar value compared to the previous fiscal year.
EPA Appoints CC&E Alumna Cheryl A. Murphy (2006) to Serve on the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP)
On August 13, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it appointed two new members, Cheryl A. Murphy, Ph.D., Professor, Director of Center for PFAS Research, Michigan State University, and Veronica J. Berrocal, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Statistics, University of California, to serve on the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP). The Chair and one other existing member also were reappointed. These appointments, effective July 30, 2021, were made by the EPA Administrator following nominations provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The LSU College of the Coast & Environment mourns and honors the memory of the late James “Jim” Cowan, Jr., Professor & Abraham Distinguished Professor of Louisiana Environmental Studies in the Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences (DOCS). He died unexpectedly of natural causes on August 11, 2021.
On August 13, the LSU College of the Coast & Environment awarded degrees to 16 graduates whose hard work and persistence culminated in the day's celebrations.
LSU researchers completed their 35th research cruise this year to collect data on the “Dead Zone” in the northern Gulf of Mexico. LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Professor Nancy Rabalais led a research team that mapped the bottom area of low oxygen in Louisiana coastal waters west of the Mississippi River, which is commonly known as the “Dead Zone,” from July 25 – July 31. LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Assistant Professor Cassandra Glaspie joined the research team as co-chief scientist. The data the team collected suggest that the zone is 6,334 square miles, or 16,400 square kilometers. This is larger than the 4,760 square miles, or 12,330 square kilometers, the researchers had forecasted based on river discharge and nutrient loads in May.
Mady LeBlanc is from Sunshine, Louisiana, and studied Coastal Environmental Science at LSU where she was a Louisiana Service and Leadership (LASAL) Scholar. She recently joined the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) as a member of the Master Plan team.
For more than three decades, LSU Professor Nancy Rabalais has studied the hypoxic zone, a large region of water in the Gulf of Mexico where oxygen levels are so low that marine organisms cannot survive in it. As a marine ecologist and professor in the LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, Rabalais’ collaborative research has documented and tracked the links between deoxygenation, or hypoxia, in the Gulf of Mexico and agricultural practices that are increasing the amount of harmful nitrogen and phosphorus in the Mississippi River. Her findings have led to federal legislation concerning the diminished water quality.
Three graduate students at Louisiana State University (LSU) and one from Loyola University have been named 2022 Knauss Fellowship finalists. At LSU in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Nazla Bushra is a doctoral student who will graduate in August; Elsa Gutierrez is a master’s student who will graduate in May 2022; and Allyson Kristan is a master’s student who will graduate in August.
LSU College of the Coast & Environment scientists pinpoint how to manage sediment to prevent land loss and improve hurricane preparedness
In early 2020, LSU Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Navid Jafari received a $180,000 National Science Foundation grant to work alongside Texas A&M University researchers Anand Puppala and Surya Congress and LSU College of the Coast & Environment Professor Nina Lam and students Volodymyr Mihunov and Kejin Wang to find a way to quickly gather infrastructure data after a natural disaster strikes and help emergency operations centers (EOCs) make data-driven decisions that could save lives.