Dallon Weathers

Coastal Scientist

Dallon Weathers has been working as a Coastal Geologist in Louisiana for the past 9 years. He is a Coastal Scientist within the Physical Processes and Sediment Systems group at The Water Institute of the Gulf, where his main interests are the physical processes and geomorphology of rivers, inlets, deltas, and beaches. In pursuing his research, Weathers has developed technical expertise in hydrographic and geophysical surveying, oceanographic instrumentation deployment, as well as data modeling and analysis with geographic information systems (GIS).

Before joining the Institute, Weathers was a research associate at the University of New Orleans’ Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences. While at UNO, he was a member of the team that developed and implemented the Barrier Shoreline Morphology Model component of Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan. In addition to managing model runs and data input-output with other modeling teams, Weathers had a lead role in the development of the sea level rise and subsidence component of the model, as well as a module that updates barrier island digital elevation models by applying potential restoration projects digitally per the design specifications. 

Weathers was also involved with the Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring (BICM) Program for coastal Louisiana. Activities for this effort covered a wide range and include: generating and QAQC of coast wide shorelines from different time periods from the 1800s to the present; conducting hydrographic seafloor surveys and processing survey data; digitizing historical seafloor survey data and analyzing them against modern surveys; and designing a sediment sampling survey and building a coast wide sediment GIS database. 

Outside of Louisiana, Weathers has worked in Georgia in the Sapelo River estuary to investigate the processes and stratigraphy of tidal point bars; in Billings, MT to provide GIS support during the Silvertip Pipeline oil spill on the Yellowstone River; and throughout coastal South Carolina first as a graduate student, receiving his master’s degree in geological sciences at the University of South Carolina, and then as a Coastal Geologist at Research Planning, Inc.