Hemmerling Joins Water Institute's Human Dimensions DivisionSep 3, 2013 — Baton Rouge, LA — The Water Institute of the Gulf has hired Scott Hemmerling, Ph.D., as associate director of human dimensions. With expertise in social issues, risk analysis, community resiliency and coastal human cultures, Hemmerling joins The Water Institute in helping coastal communities adapt and respond to environmental changes and hazard events.
“Scott has valuable knowledge of the contours and workings of Gulf Coast communities and their economies,” says Craig Colten, director of human dimensions at The Water Institute. “His expertise will be instrumental to our efforts in helping preserve these unique cultures and communities.”
Working with peers at the Institute across a number of disciplines, Hemmerling will use applied research to examine how regional cultures and economies are affected by environmental disruptions like ongoing storm threats, coastal land loss and landscape and climate change.
Previously, he served as geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey, providing technical support for Louisiana’s Office of State Lands and assisting with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. In addition, he served as a liaison to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Agency during development of Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan.
Hemmerling earned a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans in 1999 and a doctorate in geography from Louisiana State University in 2007.
The Water Institute of the Gulf is a not-for-profit, independent research institute dedicated to advancing the understanding of coastal, deltaic, river and water resource systems, both within the Gulf Coast and around the world. This mission supports the practical application of innovative science and engineering, providing solutions that benefit society. For more information, visit www.thewaterinstitute.org.