CC&E Faculty and Students Represent LSU at 2018 AGU Conference

Eighty-one LSU students, faculty, and staff presented their research at the centennial meeting of the American Geophysical Union, or AGU, on December 10-14 in Washington, D.C. Of those, about 21 faculty and students represented the College of the Coast & Environment, or CC&E. They showcased the impacts of CC&E’s research on natural and human influences on the environment, such as how to effectively communicate with stakeholders about hazard mitigation, the role of social media in disaster communications, and simulations and models for coastal and deltaic resilience and adaptation.

Highlights included: Dr. John White’s work on how spring floods in the Mississippi River affect coastal food webs, PhD candidate Kendall Valentine’s research into how wind effects marsh erosion, Dr. Giulio Mariotti’s use of simulations and modeling to predict coastal changes and develop cost-efficient ways to mitigate and adapt to those changes, and Dr. Kanchan Maiti’s talk about the impact of tropical storms on sediment transport and coastal biogeochemistry along the Louisiana-Texas shelf.

Additionally, on December 11, a live-streamed press conference entitled, “Penguins! From Space” featured Mike Polito’s recent scientific expedition to the Danger Islands, where he and a multi-institutional team of researchers discovered a breeding colony of more than 1.5 million penguins. At the press conference, Polito revealed new information about the age of the penguin supercolony and how the researchers are using NASA satellite imagery to expand research on penguins in remote parts of Antarctica.

CC&E’s is leading the way in exploring environmental, social, and economic sustainability in coastal landscapes from the Mississippi River to deltaic zones around the world.

photo of alex christensen, a cc&e student, at the agu conference       photo of nina lam, professor at cc&e, at the agu conference         photo of neha ghaisas presenting her poster at the agu conference


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Below is a full list of the LSU CC&E presenters and their presentation titles. Click the title for a summary:

Name Department Title
 Alexandra Christensen Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Effect of Connectivity and Residence Time on the Fate of Nitrate in a Coastal Deltaic Floodplain
Ali Reza Payandeh Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Low Frequency Sea Level Variability in a Deltaic Mississippi River Estuary during Cold Front Season
Chunyan Li Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Influence of Local and Remote Hurricanes on Circulation over Louisiana Shelf and Exchange Flows in Tidal Passes: Simulations and Observations
Denise DeLorme Environmental Sciences Northern Gulf of Mexico Stakeholders’ Considerations of Natural and Nature-Based Infrastructure Options for Coastal Hazard Mitigation
Dipendra Banjara Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Simulation and Visualization of the Incorporation of Carbon and Hydrogen in Silicate Melt.
Giulio Mariotti Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Soil creep in a New England salt marsh: fast, seasonal, and likely mediated by vegetation
Giulio Mariotti Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Simulating coastal evolution from decades to millennia
Haoran Liu Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Sediment transport and geomorphologic response in multiple dredge pits near Ship Shoal of coastal Louisiana
John White Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Impact of a Temporally-Displaced Mississippi River Spring Flood on Nutrient and Aquatic Ecosystem Responses in Estuarine Waters: A Hydrologic Harbinger of a Shifting Climatic Future Affecting Coastal Food Webs
Kanchan Maiti Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Impact of named tropical storms on sediment transport and coastal biogeochemistry along the Louisiana-Texas shelf in the northern Gulf of Mexico
Kehui Xu Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Sediment Transport and Water Quality of a Dredge Pit on Louisiana Shelf for Coastal Restoration
Kendall Valentine Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Wind-Driven Water Level Fluctuations Drive Marsh-Edge Erosion Patterns in Microtidal Coastal Bays 
Linlin Cui Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Lateral Circulation in a Partially Stratified Tidal Inlet
Margaret Reams Environmental Sciences Examining Social Media Use by Public Agencies and NGOs involved in Coastal Emergency Management: Experiences from Hurricanes Sandy, Isaac and Harvey
Matthew Hiatt Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Geometry and topology of estuary and braided river channel networks extracted from topographic data
Michael Polito Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Penguins as paleo-climate proxies: Radiocarbon dating indicates a late Holocene, north-to-south, penguin colonization in the northern Antarctic Peninsula.
Neha Ghaisas Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Iron Bound Organic Carbon in the Mississippi River Influenced Shelf Sediments
Nina Lam Environmental Sciences Understanding the Mississippi River Delta as a Coupled Natural-Human System: Research Methods, Challenges, and Prospects
Robert Twilley Oceanography & Coastal Sciences DELTA SEES: Sustainability of Deltaic Coastlines
Song Li Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Benthic Fluxes across different hydrogeomorphic zones in an emergent coastal deltaic floodplain
Volodymyr Mihunov Environmental Sciences  Emerging Disparities in Community Resilience to Drought Hazard in South-Central United States
Wei Huang Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Storm Surge and Circulation in Wax Lake Delta – Numerical Experiments for Winter Storms