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2022 Hurricane Season: LSU Experts Available

June 4th, 2022
2022 Hurricane Season: LSU Experts Available
Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane on Aug. 29, 2021. Credit: LSU Earth Scan Lab
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 2022 hurricane season. Please check here as this list will be updated.

To schedule interviews, contact 225-578-5685/eballa1@lsu.edu or 510-816-8161/asatake@lsu.edu or 817-938-6102/abbirocha@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.
haag@lsu.edu

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.
225-578-6170
keim@lsu.edu

Kam-biu Liu, LSU Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, professor and chair, George W. Barineau III Professor

Areas of Expertise: Hurricanes and typhoons, paleotempestology, coastal paleoecology, global environmental change, palynology and lake-sediments in the U.S. Gulf coast and Atlantic coast, Caribbean region and Central America, South America (Andes and Amazon Basin), Tibetan Plateau, China
225-578-8203
kliu1@lsu.edu

Paul Miller, LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences assistant professor

Areas of Expertise: Hazardous weather impacts; coastal meteorology; thunderstorms and land-atmosphere interactions. Created a computational model with colleague Jill Trepanier to better predict hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico.
225-578-6458
pmiller1@lsu.edu

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.
225-578-6346
rohli@lsu.edu

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.
225-578-6192

jtrepa3@lsu.edu

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.
nwalker@lsu.edu

Visit www.esl.lsu.edu for satellite imagery and animations.

Human Impacts

Craig Colten, LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology emeritus 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 book "State of Disaster: A Historical Geography of Louisiana's Land Loss Crisis" (LSU Press, 2021).

225-578-6180
ccolten@lsu.edu

Michael Pasquier, LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences Associate Dean, the Jaak Seynaeve Professor of Christina Studies and Professor of Religious Studies and History

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.
225-578-2271
mpasquier@lsu.edu

Tim Slack, LSU Department of Sociology professor

Areas of Expertise: Community vulnerability and resiliency; disparities in impacts across social groups; social inequality and social demography.
225-578-1116
slack@lsu.edu

Disaster Recovery and Resilience

Aly-Mousaad Aly, LSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering associate 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.
225-578-6654
aly@lsu.edu

Traci Birch, LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio managing director and School of Architecture assistant professor

Areas of Expertise: Resiliency in community design and planning and coastal community development.
225-578-4990
tbirch@lsu.edu

Carol Friedland, LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center director and 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. LaHouse Resource Center is a research-based educational demonstration facility for resilient, sustainable and healthy housing: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/lahouse

225-578-7913
cfriedland@agcenter.lsu.edu

Navid Jafari, LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise: Part of the Hurricane Resilience Research Institute; exploring new ways to obtain real-time data during severe weather events by deploying sensors and using unmanned aerial vehicles in hard-to-reach areas to conduct remote sensing; investigates the performance of civil infrastructure, flood protection infrastructure and natural and nature-based features.
225-578-8475
njafari@lsu.edu

Heather Kirk-Ballard, LSU School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences assistant professor

Areas of Expertise: Landscape preparation and storm damage recovery
225-578-7527
hkirkballard@lsu.edu

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."
225-578-6197
nlam@lsu.edu

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.
richards@lsu.edu

Chao Sun, LSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering associate professor

Areas of Expertise: Coastal hazards characterization and mitigation with a focus on power transmission and distribution systems during severe storms.
225-578-8511
csun@lsu.edu

Children & Family

Anna Long, LSU Department of Psychology associate 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.
225-578-7605
along@lsu.edu

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.
dismukes@lsu.edu

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.
225-578-3785
mdterre@lsu.edu

Evacuations

Brant Mitchell, LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute director

Areas of Expertise: Disaster response and evacuations.
225-578-5939
bmitch9@lsu.edu

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/.
225-578-5247
brian@rsip.lsu.edu

Food Safety

Wennie Xu, LSU AgCenter Associate professor

Area of Expertise: Natural disaster food safety
302-229-8499 (cell)
225-578-3997
wenqing.xu@agcenter.lsu.edu

Floods, Rivers and Storm Surge

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; flooding and water level fluctuations.
225-578-6092
mhiatt1@lsu.edu

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
rkeim@lsu.edu

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; Part of the Hurricane Resilience Research Institute.
225-578-8661
jpardue@lsu.edu

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.
225-578-4246
ftsai@lsu.edu

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
225-578-8672
cwillson@lsu.edu

Photo, Documents and Book Restoration

Ed Benoit, LSU School of Library & Information Science associate professor

Areas of Expertise: Recovering damaged photos and other items; documenting natural disasters, cultural heritage, archival process and audiovisual preservation.
225-578-1469
414-336-4966 (cell)
ebenoit@lsu.edu

Anne Edwards, LSU Libraries Special Collections, facilities manager

Areas of Expertise: Disaster planning and management for cultural heritage materials and facilities.
225-578-6548
alsmith@lsu.edu

Caroline Ziegler, LSU Libraries Special Collections, conservation coordinator

Areas of Expertise: Conservation of paper-based materials; Cultural heritage preservation best practices.
225-578-6280
cziegler@lsu.edu

Communication and Social Media

Lance Porter, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Class of 1941 Alumni Professor and Social Media Analysis and Creation Lab director

Areas of Expertise: Social media effects and sharing in times of disaster and emergency.
225-573-7485
lporter@lsu.edu

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.
225-578-7411
seungwonyang@lsu.edu

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.
225-578-3079
prosanta@lsu.edu

Mustajab Mirza, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Equine Surgery associate professor

Areas of Expertise: Horses; equine surgery.
225-578-9575
kabooter@lsu.edu

Brandy Duhon, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine shelter medicine instructor

Areas of Expertise: Animal disaster response
225-578-9922
bduhon7@lsu.edu

Laura Riggs, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine associate professor of equine surgery

Areas of Expertise: Large animal disaster response
225-578-9922
lriggs@lsu.edu

Chance Armstrong, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine associate professor of food animal medicine

Areas of Expertise: Large animal disaster response
225-578-9500
carmstrong@lsu.edu

Mark Mitchell, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Zoological Medicine professor

Areas of Expertise: Reptiles; Gulf Coast wildlife.
225-578-9738
mmitchell@lsu.edu

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