LSU CC&E Student Awarded at GoMOSES, Faculty and Students Present Research

February 14, 2019

This February, about 20 faculty and student representatives from LSU’s College of the Coast & Environment, or CC&E, presented their research at the 2019 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, or GoMOSES. Among them, Kendall Valentine, a graduate student in LSU’s College of the Coast & Environment, was one of five winners awarded the James D. Watkins Student Award for Excellence in Research. This award is given to students with outstanding research and oral presentations. Valentine was awarded for her photo of kendall valentinepresentation, “Spatial Patterns of Long-Term Marsh Edge Loss in Barataria Bay,” in which she discussed how waves and plant roots interact in coastal Louisiana bays to cause patterns of erosion. She found that, typically, if the waves interact with the plants, there will be less erosion, whereas if the waves impact below the plants, erosion rates can be higher. 

Valentine has won several prior awards for presentations, including Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation at the Gulf of Mexico Graduate Student Symposium in 2017, second place at CC&E’s Annual Graduate Student Symposium in 2018, and second place for LSU Graduate School’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition in 2016.

“I love sharing my research and get very excited to talk with fellow scientists about what I've been working on and how we can all collaborate to make science even better in the future,” Valentine said.

Currently, she is working on earning a PhD in the Mariotti Lab with her major professor, Giulio Mariotti, assistant professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences. She also serves as one of three education and outreach coordinators for the Coast and Environment Graduate Organization, an LSU student organization focused on enriching the graduate experience of students interested in marine and environmental issues.

For students like Valentine, practical, hands-on involvement in the lab, in the field, and presenting findings at conferences is a core part of the CC&E experience.


Faculty and Student Research

View the full list of CC&E’s presenters and their topics below. 

Name Classification Presentation
Edward Overton Faculty/Staff Foundational Analytical Methodologies in Oil Spill Analyses
Edward Overton (and Uta Passow) Faculty/Staff Towards Understanding the Fate of the DWH Spilled Oil: Multidisciplinary Scientists Need to Speak a Common Language
Edward Overton Faculty/Staff Forensic Analytical Investigation of the Persistent Sheen Surfacing in Block MC20 GoM during 2017
Songjie He Student Fluxes between River, Estuary, and Coastal Ocean: State of the Art and Future Challenges
Melissa Baustian Faculty/Alumni LA-COE: Funding Applied Research to Support the Implementation of Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan
Kendall Valentine Student Spatial Patterns of Long-Term Marsh Edge Loss in Barataria Bay
R. Eugene Turner Faculty/Staff Distribution and Recovery Trajectory of Macondo (Mississippi Canyon 252) Oil in Louisiana Coastal Wetlands
Grace Cagle Student Soil Microbial Community in Barataria Bay Salt Marshes, Louisiana, Eight Years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Katelyn Lamb Student Mercurey Biomagnification in Coastal Louisiana Food Webs Immediately Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Qjanxin Lin Faculty/Staff Long-Term Response and Recovery of Coastal Salt Marshes Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Mike Polito Faculty/Staff Trophic Niche of Seaside Sparrows (Ammodramus maritimus) and Marsh Rice Rat (Oryzomys palustris) in Louisiana Saltmarshes Affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Joseph Winston Student Invertebrate Community Composition and Organic Matter Decomposition in Created and Natural Brackish Marshes in Coastal Louisiana
Cassandra Glaspie Faculty/Staff Diet Composition of Atlantic Bumper Relative to Dissolved Oxygen Concentration and Fish Size
Haosheng Huang Faculty/Staff A Modeling Study of Tidal- and Wind-Driven Estuary-Shelf Exchange through a Narrow Tidal Inlet: The Barataria Pass, Louisiana
Nancy Rabalais Faculty/Staff Mississippi River Influence on the Chemistry and Biology of the Northern Gulf of Mexico
Jinliang Liu Student Effect of Flocculation on Suspended Cohesive Sediment in Langmuir Turbulence
JunHong Liang Faculty/Staff The Vertical Distribution and Horizontal Dispersion of Bouyant Materials in the Ocean Surface
Nan Walker Faculty/Staff Satellite Data Reveals Estuarine-Shelf and Shelf-Slope Exchange Processes and Biogeochemical Impacts Involving the Mississippi River Outflow
Dubravko Justic Faculty/Staff Modeling the Effects of Mississippi River Diversions on Hydrodynamics, Nutrient Transport
Giulio Mariotti (presented by Kendall Valentine) Faculty/Staff Biased Wind Measurements in Estuarine Waters