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Throughout human history, the tracks and impacts of tropical storms and hurricanes have been notoriously difficult to predict and measure. This is due to the multitude of factors that determine whether a storm will ultimately peter out, as was the case this year with Hurricane Marco (2020), or become one for the record books, like Hurricane Laura (2020), the most powerful storm to hit Louisiana since 1856. With hurricanes predicted to become stronger and more frequent through the end of this century, it is even more vital to be able to accurately forecast their potential effects on the people and ecosystems along vulnerable coastlines. Experts at LSU's College of the Coast & Environment are located at the forefront of these challenges and provide a wealth of critical data that improves disaster management and prevention.
Ten years ago, this fall, a group of 15 Scotlandville Magnet High School students visited Louisiana State University (LSU) for the first time as part of a new program called EnvironMentors. There were only a handful of EnvironMentor chapters across the country in 2010. And some LSU graduate students proposed establishing a chapter on the Baton Rouge campus. Among the program’s original sponsors was Louisiana Sea Grant (LSG), which continues to support the chapter.
Five LSU College of the Coast & Environment Faculty and Graduate Students Awarded Prestigious NAS Fellowships
Five LSU College of the Coast & Environment faculty, graduate students and alumnae have been awarded prestigious 2020 fellowships by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program, or GRP. LSU College of the Coast & Environment’s Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Assistant Professors Cassandra Glaspie and Michael Polito are among the 20 U.S. faculty selected for the Early-Career Research Fellowships. Now in its sixth year, the fellowship is awarded to emerging scientific leaders who are prepared to work at the intersections of environmental health, community health and resilience and offshore energy system safety in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. coastal regions.
The bottom area of low oxygen in Louisiana coastal waters west of the Mississippi River, commonly known as the “Dead Zone,” was mapped at a much smaller-than-average size this summer. The area was 2,117 square miles, which is larger than Rhode Island but smaller than Delaware, and well below the projected estimate of 7,769 square miles. LSU College of the Coast & Environment's Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Assistant Professor Cassandra Glaspie served as the chief scientist with Professor and Shell Endowed Chair in Oceanography and Wetland Studies Nancy Rabalais attending virtually.
Small business owner Imani Maxberry is putting a Coastal Environmental Science degree to use as an entrepreneur. Imani, a 2018 CES Alum, is the founder and CEO of Fort Berry Alternatives, an Atlanta-based provider of eco-friendly services. Fort Berry Alternatives offers event planning with a twist - the company advocates for local businesses and educates the community about environmental sustainability.
LSU has licensed access to a vast library of bioremediation microbes to the national environmental services firm Cameron-Cole, LLC. The library was developed by Environmental Sciences Professor Emeritus Ralph Portier over almost 40 years as he and LSU have helped private companies as well as local, state, and national government organizations mitigate a wide range of environmental hazards in the U.S. and across the globe.
Dean Chris D'Elia and LSU alumna April Ellis discuss her time at LSU's College of the Coast & Environment and how it shaped where she is today.