Experts Available to Speak about Flood-related Topics

Topics include climate, disaster recovery, economic impacts and more

BATON ROUGE – A variety of experts and scholars are available to provide context, accurate information and analysis about the historic floods currently in Texas. Please check back here as this list will be updated.

LSU also has a video uplink studio with live broadcast capabilities for any outlets wishing to conduct on-camera interviews. To schedule interviews, contact 225-578-5685/ or 225-578-3870/


Climate Extremes

Barry Keim
Areas of Expertise: Climate extremes including heavy rainfall and hurricanes; detection of climate change and its impacts; statistical analysis of extremes and Probable Maximum Precipitation.
LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology - Richard J. Russell Professor and Louisiana State Climatologist

Nina Lam
Areas of Expertise: Flooding in inland communities across the U.S. and resilience to natural disasters. Wrote The Conversation article: Americans who live far from coasts should also be worried about flooding.
LSU Department of Environmental Sciences Professor

Craig Colten
Areas of Expertise: Historical and social geography of hazards. Wrote The Conversation article: Suburban sprawl and poor preparation worsened flood damage in Louisiana.
LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology Professor


Disaster Recovery

Michelle Meyer
Areas of Expertise: Disaster recovery; nonprofits/charitable response; environmental justice; technological disasters; evacuation; and vulnerable populations.
LSU Department of Sociology Assistant Professor

Brant Mitchell
Areas of Expertise: Disaster response and evacuations.
LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute Director of Research & Operations

Maurice Wolcott
Areas of Expertise: Flood maps; how to work with FEMA; rights of the insured and uninsured.
LSU AgCenter - Instructor and Extension Specialist
225-603-5313 (cell)

Claudette Reichel
Areas of Expertise: Residential housing flood remediation; building science; energy management; indoor air quality; disaster mitigation and restoration; universal design. LaHouse Resource Center is an educational sustainable housing demonstration facility:
LSU AgCenter - Director of LaHouse Resource Center, Professor and Extension Housing Specialist 
225-202-6593 (cell)

Carol Friedland
Areas of Expertise: Hazard-resistant construction and mitigation; performance of housing and other built infrastructure subjected to natural hazards; combined wind and flood interactions on structures; post-event data acquisition; remote sensing of building damage; hazard-resistant and sustainable construction; integration of Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, in hazards research; hazard mitigation planning and mitigation decision-making; and lost estimation.
LSU Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management Associate Professor

Shandy Heil
Areas of Expertise: Disaster recovery and mitigation; flood zone designations and requirements; hazard-resistant construction methods and techniques; building science and mitigation construction research; hazard resistant building codes.
LSU AgCenter Extension Associate for the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department and LaHouse Resource Center staff

Edward Richards
Areas of Expertise: Flood insurance plans; flood maps; land use issues, extreme weather, coastal restoration, and climate change. He produced the Law Review articles:  Applying Life Insurance Principles to Coastal Property Insurance to Incentivize Adaptation to Climate Change, 43 Environmental Affairs Law Review 427–461 (2016) and The Hurricane Katrina Levee Breach Litigation: Getting the First Geoengineering Liability Case Right. He maintains the Climate Change Law and Policy Project Blog.
LSU Law Center – Director of the Climate Change Law and Policy Project and Professor of Law


Children & Family

Anna Long
Areas of Expertise: Child and school psychology. She wrote the tip sheet: Helping Kids Cope with Traumatic Events
LSU Department of Psychology Assistant Professor

Economic Impact

Stephen Barnes
Areas of Expertise: Regional, labor and health economics; public finance; applied econometric and environmental-related studies.
Economics and Policy Research Group – Director; Department of Economics Associate Professor of Research

James Richardson
Areas of Expertise: Ports; regional and energy economics; state and local taxation; forecasting; public policy.
Public Administration Institute Professor and Department of Economics Professor

Food Safety

Wennie Xu
Area of Expertise: Natural disaster food safety 
LSU AgCenter Assistant Professor
302-229-8499 (cell)


Floods, Rivers and Storm Surge

Frank Tsai
Areas of Expertise: Watershed and groundwater flow, fate and transport modeling in aquifer systems and surface water.
LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor

Richard Keim
Areas of Expertise: Hydrology of forested wetlands and watersheds; management of bottomland and coastal forests; hydrological interactions between forests, soils and the atmosphere; scaling of hydrological processes; dendrochronology.
LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources Associate Professor
225 578-4169 

Clint Willson
Areas of Expertise: Watershed hydrology; physical and numerical modeling of rivers
LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering  –  Mike N. Dooley P.E. Professor and Director of the Center for River Studies

John Pardue
Areas of Expertise: Fate and transport of chemical contaminants during hurricanes and floods, handling debris after disasters and impacts of storm surge on industrial facilities.
LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering - Elizabeth Howell Stewart Professor and Director of the Hazardous Substance Research Center


Photo, Documents and Book Restoration

Ed Benoit 
Areas of Expertise: Recovering damaged photos and other items; documenting natural disasters, cultural heritage, archival process and audiovisual preservation.
LSU School of Library & Information Science - Assistant Professor
414-336-4966 (mobile)

Mark Martin
Areas of expertise: Recovery of photos that have sustained water damage; photography archives.
LSU Libraries - Photographic Processing Archivist


Communication and Social Media 

Seungwon Yang
Areas of Expertise: Social media use during natural disasters; crisis informatics; visual analytics; information system development, application of data mining; natural language processing techniques; and digital and data curation.
LSU School of Library and Information Science Assistant Professor

Lance Porter
Areas of Expertise: Social media effects and sharing in times of disaster and emergency. 
Manship School of Mass Communication Professor and Director of the Social Media Analysis and Creation Lab


Animal Welfare, Pets and Wildlife

Mustajab Mirza, DVM, DACVS
Areas of Expertise: Horses; equine surgery.
Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery

Javier Nevarez, DVM, PhD, DACZM, DECZM
Areas of Expertise: Alligators; Gulf Coast wildlife.
Professor of Zoological Medicine

Kristen Healy
Areas of Expertise: Medical and public health entomology; mosquitos; honeybees.
LSU Department of Entomology Assistant Professor

Linda Hooper-Bui
Areas of Expertise: Entomology and Gulf Coast insect ecology.
LSU Department of Environmental Sciences Professor

Additional Links:
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What to Do if You Encounter Wildlife:

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