2019 Hurricane Season: LSU Hurricane Experts Available

HurricaneUpdated 09/06/2019
BATON ROUGE – LSU has a number of experts available to discuss topics related to storm preparedness, climate, economic impacts, recovery efforts and more during the 2019 hurricane season. Please check here as this list will be updated.

To schedule interviews, contact 225-578-5685/eballa1@lsu.edu or 225-578-3870/asatake@lsu.edu.


Climatology and Meteorology

Alaric Haag, LSU Earth Scan Laboratory operational manager and LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences and Coastal Studies Institute information technology staff
Areas of Expertise: Satellite image processing of atmospheric and oceanic phenomenon; data analysis and visualization in support of emergency response, faculty research and graduate education.
Visit www.esl.lsu.edu for satellite imagery and animations.

Barry Keim, LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology Richard J. Russell Professor and Louisiana State Climatologist
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.

Paul Miller, LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences assistant professor
Areas of Expertise: Hazardous weather impacts; coastal meteorology; thunderstorms and land-atmosphere interactions. Conducted new research on how hurricanes can affect weather after landfall

Robert Rohli, LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences professor
Areas of Expertise: Coastal weather and climate, atmospheric circulation variability, atmospheric hazards, tropical cyclone dynamics, surface-atmosphere interactions, synoptic meteorology and climatology.

Jill Trepanier, LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology associate professor
Areas of Expertise: extreme climatic and weather phenomena including tropical cyclones; applies statistics to analyze these events.

Nan Walker, LSU Earth Scan Laboratory director and the LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences J. P. Morgan Distinguished Professor in Coastal Studies
Areas of Expertise: Satellite remote sensing and real-time surveillance of hurricanes, tropical storms and the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current and associated ocean eddies to predict and understand hurricane intensity changes, generation of strong currents and upwelling of cool waters; impacts of storms on coastal circulation and coastal erosion.
Visit www.esl.lsu.edu for satellite imagery and animations.

Human Impacts

Craig Colten, LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology Carl O. Sauer Professor
Areas of Expertise: Historical and social geography of hazards. Wrote The Conversation article, "Hurricanes can cause enormous damage inland, but emergency plans focus on coasts" and the 2009 book "Perilous Place, Powerful Storms: Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana."

Michael Pasquier, LSU religious studies and history associate professor
Areas of Expertise: history and culture of a fishing community outside the levee-protected system of coastal Louisiana; coastal Louisiana oral histories; and the history of religion in the Mississippi River Delta from the colonial period to the present.

Tim Slack, LSU Department of Sociology professor
Areas of Expertise: Community vulnerability and resiliency; disparities in impacts across social groups; social stratification and social demography.


Disaster Recovery and Resilience

Aly-Mousaad Aly, LSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering assistant professor
Areas of Expertise: Wind impact on the build environment; innovative mitigation strategies to build more resilient communities; large-scale wind testing at high Reynolds number under realistic turbulence.

Traci Birch, LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio interim managing director and School of Architecture assistant professor
Areas of Expertise: Resiliency in community design and planning and coastal community development.

Carol Friedland, LSU Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management Cajun Constructors and Performance Contractors Associate Professor
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 loss estimation.

Peter Kelle, Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems professor
Area of expertise: Disaster supply chain preparations, optimization, simulation and management.

Nina Lam, LSU Department of Environmental Sciences professor
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."

Brant Mitchell, LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute director
Areas of Expertise: Disaster response and evacuations.

Claudette Reichel, LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center director, professor and extension housing specialist 
Areas of Expertise: Sustainable, resilient housing; residential building science; energy management; indoor air quality; disaster mitigation and restoration; universal design. LaHouse Resource Center is an educational sustainable housing demonstration facility: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/lahouse
225-202-6593 (cell)

Edward Richards, LSU Law Center Climate Change Law and Policy Project director and professor
Areas of Expertise: Flood insurance plans; flood maps; land use issues, extreme weather, coastal restoration, and climate change. His publications include: Applying Life Insurance Principles to Coastal Property Insurance to Incentivize Adaptation to Climate Change, 43 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 427 (2016); The Hurricane Katrina Litigation Against the Corps of Engineers: Is Denial of Geology and Climate Change the Way to Save New Orleans? (2018); and The Societal Impacts of Climate Anomalies during the Past 50,000 Years and Their Implications for Solastalgia and Adaptation to Future Climate Change, 18 Hous. J. Health L. & Pol'y 131 (2018). He maintains the Climate Change Law and Policy Project Blog.

Chao Sun, LSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering assistant professor
Areas of Expertise: Coastal hazards characterization and mitigation with a focus on power transmission and distribution systems during severe storms.

Children & Family

Anna Long, LSU Department of Psychology assistant professor
Areas of Expertise: Child and school psychology. She wrote the tip sheet: Helping Kids Cope with Traumatic Events and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Louisiana.

Economic Impact

David E. Dismukes, LSU Center for Energy Studies director and College of the Coast & Environment professor
Areas of Expertise: economic impacts of tropical storms and hurricanes on Gulf of Mexico oil and gas infrastructure, production and transport; power and utilities infrastructure.

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

Dek Terrell, LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Freeport-McMoRan Endowed Chair of Economics 
Areas of Expertise: Regional and statewide economics; applied econometric and environmental-related studies.



Brian Wolshon, Edward A. and Karen Wax Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and director of the Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency
Areas of Expertise: Hurricane evacuations and major event traffic scenarios. His recent projects have included the testing and evaluation of intelligent transportation systems and traffic-flow analysis, with particular emphasis in application for hurricane evacuation. For more on the Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency, visit http://www.evaccenter.lsu.edu/

Food Safety

Wennie Xu, LSU AgCenter assistant professor
Area of Expertise: Natural disaster food safety 
302-229-8499 (cell)


Floods, Rivers and Storm Surge

Scott C. Hagen, LSU Center for Coastal Resiliency director, Louisiana Sea Grant Laborde Chair and LSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering professor
Areas of Expertise: Tide, wind-wave and hurricane storm surge modeling; digital elevation model development; flood-plain analysis; coastal dynamics of sea level rise and biogeophysical modeling.

Matthew Hiatt, LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences assistant professor
Areas of Expertise: How the movement of water, sediment and nutrients in river deltas, estuaries and wetlands affects the environment; deltas and wetlands; environmental fluid dynamics.

Richard Keim, LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources professor
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.
225 578-4169

John Pardue, LSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Elizabeth Howell Stewart Professor and Hazardous Substance Research Center director
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.

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

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


Photo, Documents and Book Restoration

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

Communication and Social Media 

Lance Porter, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor and Social Media Analysis and Creation Lab director
Areas of Expertise: Social media effects and sharing in times of disaster and emergency. 

Brenton Stewart, LSU School of Library & Information Science assistant professor
Areas of Expertise: Everyday information needs, information behavior of underrepresented populations, and social media and digital culture studies including following disasters.

Seungwon Yang, LSU School of Library & Information Science and the Center for Computation & Technology assistant professor
Areas of Expertise: Crisis informatics, social media and machine or deep learning.

Animal Welfare, Pets and Wildlife

Prosanta Chakrabarty, LSU Museum of Natural Sciences curator of fishes and Department of Biological Sciences professor
Areas of Expertise: Deep sea fish in Gulf of Mexico and systematics of marine and freshwater fishes.

Mustajab Mirza, DVM, DACVS, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Equine Surgery associate professor
Areas of Expertise: Horses; equine surgery.

Javier Nevarez, DVM, PhD, DACZM, DECZM, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Zoological Medicine professor
Areas of Expertise: Alligators; Gulf Coast wildlife.

Brandy Duhon, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine shelter medicine instructor
Areas of Expertise: Animal disaster response

Laura Riggs, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine associate professor of equine surgery
Areas of Expertise: Large animal disaster response

Chance Armstrong, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine assistant professor of food animal medicine
Areas of Expertise: Livestock disaster response


Additional Links:
How Hurricanes Can Affect Weather after Landfall: https://www.lsu.edu/mediacenter/news/2019/08/30docs_miller_weather.php
LSU AgCenter’s information on how to best prepare your home, family, pets and property: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/family_home/hazards_and_threats/are_you_ready
LSU AgCenter’s Disaster Information Resources: https://www.lsuagcenter.com/disasterinfo
Tips for Pet Owners: http://www.lsu.edu/vetmed/vet_news/tips_for_pet_owners.php
Tips for Horse Owners: http://www.lsu.edu/vetmed/vet_news/tips_for_horse_owners.php
What to Do if You Encounter Wildlife: http://www.lsu.edu/vetmed/disaster_preparedness/wildlife.php
Disaster Preparedness: http://www.lsu.edu/vetmed/disaster_preparedness


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