LSU Researchers Present at World’s Largest Earth and Space Geosciences Conference

December 08, 2021

Image by LSU Earth Scan Lab

Satellite image by the LSU Earth Scan Lab.

BATON ROUGE – LSU faculty, students and staff will present more than 95 research talks, posters and events at the largest Earth and space geosciences conference in the world, the American Geophysical Union, or AGU. From Dec. 13-17, more than 6,000 scientists will convene in-person in New Orleans and another 6,000 will attend virtually. Researchers from multiple disciplines across LSU will present their research spanning the physical and life sciences that increases our understanding of Earth, sea and space.

Members of the media can register to attend the AGU Fall Meeting for free. Typically, more than 200 reporters from news agencies around the world attend. LSU researchers are available to speak with media about their science through a press conference and one-on-one interviews.

AGU will present a media roundtable on the following LSU research: 

“Taming” the wild Mississippi River Delta

Join Samuel J. Bentley, the Billy and Ann Harrison Chair in Sedimentary Geology in the Department of Geology & Geophysics and the vice president of research & economic development at LSU and colleagues as they provide the latest insights into the dynamic Mississippi River Delta. 

The Mississippi River and its delta are rapidly changing in response to natural and manmade factors, including stronger and more frequent severe storms as well as climate change-induced phenomena. For example, in 2020, Louisiana had a record five named storms make landfall and this year, Hurricane Ida made landfall in coastal Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane. Bentley will be joined by Jeffrey Obelcz (LSU Ph.D. ’17), a marine geologist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Kendall Valentine (LSU Ph.D. ’20), a postdoctoral research associate at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, on Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Central for this media roundtable.

For more information during the conference, visit the LSU booth #233 in the AGU Exhibit Hall.