Founded in late 2011 through a collaborative effort involving the State of Louisiana, Senator Mary Landrieu, and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF), the Institute connects academic, public, and private research providers and conducts applied research to serve communities and industry. In 2014, the Institute was selected as the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourism Opportunities, and Revived Economy of the Gulf Coast (RESTORE) Act Center of Excellence for Louisiana. In all endeavors, our goal is to increase understanding of natural and human aspects of deltaic, coastal, and water systems; to develop tools that apply knowledge to restore coasts and ecosystems; and to reduce risk for people and infrastructure.
Our recent technical work includes activities in Louisiana, Latin America, upstream reaches of the Mississippi River, the North Atlantic region, and the Mekong River Delta. To support this work, we have 38 team members whose efforts are supplemented by a number of student interns. Our full-time research staff of 28 includes 12 with Ph.D.’s, one with a J.D., and two professional engineers. Our administrative staff of 10 supports these research activities and ensures timely and responsive production of data, tools, reports, and publications to meet the needs of our diverse client base.