Margaret ReamsMargaret A. Reams

Position: Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences

Phone: 225-578-4299
Fax: 225-578-4286

Office: 2115 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Bachelor's Degree(s): B.A. History & Psychology, Huntingdon College, 1978
Master's Degrees(s): M.A. Political Science, University of Georgia, 1984

Ph.D.(s): Ph.D. Political Science (Public Policy), University Of Georgia, 1990

CV: Curriculum Vita of Margaret A. Reams
Biosketch: Biosketch of Margaret A. Reams


Environmental policy and management; resilience; sustainability


ENVS 1000    Environmental Science and Technology (1998-1990)
ENVS 4149    Design of Environmental Management Systems (1988-1995)
PADM 5010   Statistical Methods for Public Administration ( 1991)
ENVS 7040    Environmental Planning and Management (1988-present)
ENVS 7041    Environmental Policy Analysis (1994-2010)
ENVS 7042    Environmental Conflict Resolution (2000-present)
ENVS 7950    Environmental Program Evaluation (1995-1996)
ENVS 7995    Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar (1988-1994)


Honors and Scholarships:

LSU Foundation Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, 1998
Inaugural Distinguished Teaching Award, Center for Coastal, Energy, and Environmental  Resources (CCEER) later known as the School of the Coast and Environment, 1997
Louisiana Board of Regents Summer Faculty Research Award, 1992

Synergistic Activities:

2013-2016 Member, LSU Council on Research
2013 Keynote Speaker, “Measuring Vulnerability, Resilience and Sustainability”, Flood Awareness and Raising Community Resilience, Middleburg, Netherlands, January 31-February 1, 2013.
2013-2015 Member, Coastal Community Resiliency Advisory Group, Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration
2012 Member, STARS Review Panel, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, DC, March 2012.
2011- present Member, Advisory Committee, Best Practices for Coastal Communities, Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration.
2011 Short-list nominee for EPA’s Science Advisory Board Technical Review Panel for Environmental Justice Regulations
2010-11 Member, Environmental Health Science Review Committee EHS (P3), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park, August 2010 and August 2011.
2009-11 Member, National Conference Planning Committee, Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)
2009 Panel Chair, “The Voice(s) of Science”, Association of Environmental Studies and Science (AESS), 2009 Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, October 8-11, 2009.


Tammy R. Dugas, Slawomir Lomnicki, Stephania  Cormier, Barry Dellinger, Margaret Reams. 2016.  Addressing Emerging Risks: Scientific and Regulatory Challenges Associated with Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2016, 13(6), 573; doi:10.3390/ijerph13060573

Robert V. Rohli, Nazla Bushra, Nina S. N. Lam, Lei Zou, Volodymyr Mihunov, Margaret Reams, Jennifer Argote. 2016. Drought indices as drought predictors in the south-central USA. Natural Hazards 2016. Pp. 1-16. doi: 10.1007/s11069-016-2376-z

Paille Betsy, Margaret Reams, Jennifer Argote, Nina NS Lam, Ryan Kirby. 2016.Influences on Adaptive Planning to Reduce Flood Risks among Parishes in South Louisiana. Water 2016, 8, 57; doi:10.3390/w8020057

Lam, Nina NS, Margaret Reams, Kenan Li, Lillian Mata. 2016. Measuring community resilience to coastal hazards along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Natural Hazards Review 17(1), 04015013

Reams, Margaret A., Kelsey W. Clinton and Nina S. N. Lam. “Achievement of Climate Planning Objectives among U.S. Member Cities of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives”, Low Carbon Economy, 2012. Volume 3 (4): pp. 137-143.Reams, Margaret A., Nina S.N. Lam, Tabitha M. Cale and Corrinthia M. Hinton, Applying a Community Resilience Framework to Examine Household Emergency Planning and Exposure-Reducing Behavior among Residents of Louisiana’s Industrial Corridor”, Journal of Emergency Management Volume 11 (2), March/April: pp.107-121.

Reams, Margaret A. and Nina S. N. Lam. 2012. “Measuring Capacity for Resilience among Coastal Counties of the U.S. Northern Gulf of Mexico Region”, American Journal of Climate Change, Volume 1(4): pp. 194-204.

Cale, Tabitha M. and Margaret A. Reams, ” Influences on Adoption of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets among U.S. Stats, 1998-2008”, Open Journal of Political Science, 2013. Vol. 3(1); pp. 39-43.

Kongman, Manoch, Michael Wascom, Margaret Reams, and Ron DeLaune. 2011. “Water conservation practices for improving water-use policy in irrigated rice”, Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, Volume 57, Issue 3, 2011, Pages 261 – 271.

Shu, Yuqin, Nina S N Lam, Margaret Reams, 2010. “A New Method for Estimating Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Transportation at Fine Spatial Scales”, Environmental Research Letters 5 (2010) (9pp).

Hou, Aixin, Edward Laws, Margaret Reams and Ron DeLaune 2009. “Toxic Elements in Aquatic Sediments: Distinguishing Natural Variability from Anthropogenic Effects, Water, Air,and Soil Pollution (2) (WATE3147.1).

Cheryl R Renner, Terry K Haines, and Margaret A Reams, 2010 “Better Building Blocks: Effective State-level Programs to Reduce Home Losses to Wildfire”, Wildfire March/April 2010.

Reams, M. and P. Chandler. 2008. An Examination of FEMA’s Temporary Emergency Housing Program and the Criteria Used to Make Site Selections in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Journal of Emergency Management 6(1): 59-69.

T.K. Haines, C.R. Renner, and M.A. Reams. 2008. “A Review of State and Local Regulation for Wildfire Mitigation”, Chapter 14, The Economics of Forest Disturbances: Wildfires, Storms, and Invasive Species, Holmes, Th.P., Prestemon, J.P., Abt, K.L. (Eds.), Springer Publishers, Inc., 79:442.

Reams, M. 2008. “Wetlands Policy in the United States” in Mark Rushefsky, Ed, Encyclopedia of Issues in U.S. Public Policy, Boston, MA: Gale/Cengage Learning Press.

Terry Haines, Cheryl Renner, Margaret Reams, and James Granskog. 2008, “The National Wildfire Mitigation Programs Database: State, County, and Local Efforts to Reduce Wildfire Risk” in Armando Gonzalez-Caban, Ed. Proceeding of the Second International Symposium on Fire Economics, Planning, and Policy: A Global View. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-208 (English). Albany CA: US Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 720 p. (pp. 505-511).

Reams, M., T.K. Haines, and C.R. Renner, “Empowering communities to mitigate natural hazards: How a network model of wildfire risk reduction programs increases stakeholder participation and enhances social-ecological resilience”, in Community Participation: Empowerment, Diversity and Sustainability, Columbus, F. (Ed.) Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (Accepted)

Reams, M.A., T.K. Haines, C.R. Renner, M.W. Wascom, and H. Kingre. 2005. Goals, obstacles and effective strategies of wildfire mitigation programs in the wildland-urban interface. Journal of Forest Policy and Economics 7: 818-826.