John R. WhiteJohn R. White

Position: Associate Dean of Research and Professor, John and Catherine Day Professor, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences

Phone: 225-578-8792
Fax: 225-578-6423
Office: 3239 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Bachelor's Degree(s): B.S. Washington and Lee, 1988 (Geology)

Master's Degrees(s): M.S. Florida Institute of Technology, 1992 (Geological Oceanography) and Florida Institute of Technology, 1993 (Coastal Zone Management)

Ph.D.(s): Ph.D. University of Florida, 1999 (Soll & Water Science - Focus on Wetland Biogeochemistry)

Research Interests:

Biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen and phosphorus in aquatic systems including coastal and freshwater wetlands, estuaries and lake sediments, treatment performance of constructed wetlands for nutrients and pharmaceuticals removal, dynamics of internal nutrient loading, microbial-mediated nutrient transformations, plant-nutrient dynamics

Classes Taught:

OCS 1005. Introduction to Oceanography (Spring)  3 credits

OCS 1010. Introduction to Coastal Environmental Science (Fall) 1 credit Co-taught with Dr. Bargu

OCS 4242. Wetlands and Water Quality (Spring) 3 credits – Service Learning Class

OCS 7165. Biogeochemistry of Wetland Soils and Sediments (Spring) 3 credits

Awards & Honors:

Dean’s Outstanding Service Award 2018

Fellow – Soil Science Society of America 2017

Coast & Environment Outstanding Faculty Research Award 2015

LSU Alumni Association Award for Faculty Excellence  2012

Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award  2011

Joe and Richard Lipsey Professional Educators Award  2008

Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award  2008

Coast & Environment Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award  2006

Professional Affiliations and Service Activities:

Associate Dean of Research – College of Coast & Environment LSU  2017-current

United States EPA – Board of Scientific Counselors – Safe and Sustainable Waters 2018-current

Soil Science Society of America - fellow

American Geophysical Union - member

Society of Wetland Scientists – member

Selected Publications:

* = student led publications   Select list out of over 100 Peer-reviewed Journal Articles  


104) Garcia, J., G. Galan, J.W. Day, R. Boopathy, J.R. White, S. Wallace and R.G. Hunter. 2020.  Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) and Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (ARB) and Antibiotic Resistance Genes (ARG): Increasing Removal with Wetlands and Reducing Environmental Impacts. Bioresource Technology.  In Press

103) *Spera, A.C., J.R. White, R. Corstanje. 2020. Influence of a Freshwater River Diversion on Sedimentation and Phosphorus Status in a Wetland Receiving Basin. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. In Press. 10.1016/j.ecss.2020.106728

102) Huang, W., C. Li, J.R. White and S. Bargu. 2020. Numerical Experiments on variation of freshwater plume and leakage effect from Mississippi River  diversion in Lake Pontchartrain Estuary. Journal of Geophysical Research:Oceans Click Here

101) *Haywood, B.J., M.P. Hayes, J.R. White and R.L Cook. 2020. Potential Fate of Wetland Soil Carbon in a Deltaic Coastal Wetlands subjected to High Relative Sea Level Rise. Science of the Total Environment. 711:135185 Click Here

100) Steinmuller, H.E., M.P. Hayes, N.R. Hurst, Y. Sapkota., R. Cook, J.R. White, Z. Xue, L.G. Chambers. 2020. Does Edge Erosion Alter Coastal Wetland Soil Properties? A Multi-Method Biogoechemical Study. Catena. 187:104373  Click Here

99) *Sapkota, Y., and J.R. White 2020.  Carbon offset market methodologies applicable for coastal wetland restoration and conservation in the United States: A review. Science of the Total Environment 701:134497 Click Here


98) *Sapkota, Y. and J.R. White. 2019. Marsh edge erosion and associated carbon dynamics in coastal Louisiana: A proxy for future wetland-dominated coastlines world-wide.  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 226: 106289 Click Here

97) *Vaccare, J., J.R.White and E. Meselhe. 2019.  The Denitrification Potential of Eroding Wetlands in Barataria Bay, LA USA: Implications for River Reconnection. Science of the Total Environment. 686: 529-537 Click Here

96) White, J.R., R.D. DeLaune, D. Justic, J. Pahl, J. Day, R. Lane, W. Boynton, R.R. Twilley . 2019. Consequences of River Water Introduction on Nutrient Dynamics of Coastal Deltaic Wetland Soils and Estuarine Sediments: A Case Study of Mississippi River Diversions in Louisiana. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 224: 209-216 Click Here

95) Bargu, S., D. Justic, J.R. White, R. Lane, J. Day, H. Paerl, R. Raynie.  2019. Mississippi River Diversions and Phytoplankton Dynamics in Deltaic, Gulf of Mexico Estuaries: A Review.  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 221:39-52. Click Here

94) Ghaisas, K. Maiti, J.R. White. 2019. Coupled Iron and Phosphorus Release From Seasonally Hypoxic Louisiana Shelf Sediments.  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 219:81-89.  Click Here

93) *Hurst, N.R., J.R. White, K. Xu and M. Ren. 2019. Nitrate Reduction Rates in Sediments Experiencing Turbulent Flow Conditions. Ecological Engineering. 128:33-38.     Click Here

92) Steinmuller, H., K. Dittmer, J.R. White and L.G. Chambers. 2019. Understanding the Fate of Soil Organic Matter in Submerging Coastal Wetland Soils: A Microcosm Approach.  Geoderma. 337:1267-1277  Click Here


91) Day, JW., DeLaune, R.D, J.R. White, R.R. Lane, G.P. Shaffer, R. Hunger. 2018. Can Denitrification Explain Coastal Wetland Loss: A Review of  Case Studies in the Mississippi Delta and New England.  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.  doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2018.08.029  Click Here

90)  *Putnam-Duhon, L.A., J.R. White, R.P. Gambrell, and K.A. Rusch. 2018 Treatment of wastewater ammonium under varying salinity conditions within the marshland upwelling system.  Environmental Technology. Click Here

89) Martin, K.M, E.A. Hasenmueller, J.R. White, L.G. Chambers, J.L. Conkle. 2018. Sampling , Sorting, and Characterizing Microplastics in Aquatic Environments with High Suspended Sediment Loads and Large Floating Debris. Journal of Visualized Experiments:(137), e57969, doi:10.3791/57969 Click Here

88)  Berkowitz, J.F., C.M. VanZomeren, C.D. Piercy and J.R. White. 2018. Evaluation of Coastal Wetland Soil Properties in a Degrading Marsh.  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.  212:311-317. Click Here

87) DeLaune, R.D., J.R. White, T. Elsey-Quirk, H. Roberts, and D. Wang. 2018.  Long vs Short term Carbon and Nitrogen Sequestration in a Coastal River Delta Wetland:Implications for Carbon Budgets.  Organic Geochemistry. 123:67-73. Click Here

86)  Bae, H-S, L. Huang, J.R. White, R.D. DeLaune, and A.V. Ogram. 2018. Response of Microbial Populations Regulating Nutrient Biogeochemical Cycles to Oiling of Coastal Saltmarshes from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  Environmental Pollution.  241:136-147. Click Here

85) VanZomeren, C.M., J.F. Berkowitz, C. Piercy, and J.R. White. 2018. Restoring a Degraded Marsh Using Thin Layer Sediment Placement:Short-term Effects on Soil Physical and Biogeochemical Properties. Ecological Engineering 120:61-67.  Click Here

84) *Haywood, B.J. J.R. White and R.L Cook. 2018. Investigation of an early season river flood pulse: Carbon cycling in a subtropical estuary, Science of the Total Environment 635:867-877. Click Here