Nan Walker headshotNan D. Walker

Position: Professor and James P. Morgan Distinguished Professor of Coastal Studies, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences; Director, Earth Scan Laboratory

Phone: 225-578-2395

Fax: 225-578-2520


Bachelor's Degree(s): B.S. Duke University, 1976

Master's Degrees(s): M.S. Louisiana State University, 1982

Ph.D.(s): Ph.D. University of Cape Town, 1989

Research Interests

Physical oceanography, Satellite oceanography, Estuarine-shelf exchange processes, Air-sea interactions and tropical cyclone intensity, Gulf of Mexico Loop Current and eddy circulations, Physical-biological interactions, Physical processes affecting coral reef health

Classes Taught

OCS 1005. Introduction to Oceanography
OCS 2007. Physical and Geological Oceanography
OCS 7170. Satellite Oceanography
OCS 8900. Advanced Reading and Literature Research

Recent Publications

Google Scholar Profile

Iles, Robert L., Nan D. Walker, John R. White and Robert V. Rohli, Impacts of a major Mississippi River freshwater diversion on suspended sediment plume kinematics in Lake Pontchartrain, a semi-enclosed Gulf of Mexico Estuary, Estuaries and Coasts, DOI 10.1007/s12237-020-00789-y, 2020.

Ford, Victoria L., Nan D. Walker, and Iam-Fei Pun,   Anomalous oceanic conditions in the central and eastern North Pacific Ocean during the 2014 hurricane season and relationships to three major hurricanes, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 8, 288; doi:10.3390/jmse8040288, 2020.

Smith, T., J.K. Jolliff, N.D. Walker, S. Anderson, Biophysical submesoscale processes in the wake of Hurricane Ivan: simulations and satellite observations, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 7, 378; doi:10.3390/jmse7110378, 2019.

Walker, N.D, R.R. Leben, C.T. Pilley, M. Shannon, D.C. Herndon, I.F. Pun, I.-I. Lin, C.L. Gentemann, Slow translation speed causes rapid collapse of East Pacific Hurricane Kenneth over a cold core eddy, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL061584, 2014

Kolker, A. S., Li, C., Walker, N. D., Pilley, C., Ameen, A., Boxer, G., Ramatchandirane, C., Ullah, M., Williams, K. (2014). The impacts of the Great Mississippi/Atchafalaya River flood on the oceanography of the inner Continental Shelf. Continental Shelf Research, 86, 17-33., 2014.

Huang, H., N.D. Walker, Y. Hsueh, Y. Chao, and R. Leben, An Analysis of Loop Current frontal eddies in a 1/6° Atlantic Ocean model simulation, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 43, DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-12-0227.1, 1924-1939, 2013.

Walker, N. D., C. T. Pilley, V. V. Raghunathan, E. J. D'Sa, R. R. Leben,  N. G. Hoffmann, P. J. Brickley, P. D. Coholan, N. Sharma, H. C. Graber, R. E. Turner, 2011, Impacts of a Loop Current frontal eddy cyclone and wind forcing on the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, AGU Monograph Series 195, Monitoring and Modeling the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: a Record-Breaking Enterprise, Editors Y. Liu, A. MacFadyen, Z. Ji and R. Weisberg, 10.1029/2011GM001120, 103-116, 2011.