• Coasts & Deltas

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  • Water Resources

ADVISORS

To support the quality of the Institute's efforts, a Science and Engineering Advisory Council was formed. The council's members have expertise in a variety of technical disciplines, and their broad expertise includes familiarity with the challenges facing the Gulf Coast. The council's charge is to outline an overall strategic plan for the Institute, including program emphasis, priorities, and staffing needs. 

Gregory Baecher

Gregory Baecher

Chair, Science and Engineering Advisory Council

Gregory Baecher, Ph.D., is an engineering professor at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering and an expert on the reliability of water resources infrastructure including dams and levee systems. Baecher also has experience with actuarial issues related to flood and natural disaster insurance.

Robert Dalrymple

Robert A. Dalrymple

Science and Engineering Advisory Council

Robert A. Dalrymple, Ph.D., is a civil engineering professor at Johns Hopkins University. Dalrymple researches coastal engineering, wave mechanics and fluid mechanics, among others. He was a member of Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan Science and Engineering Board.

Jos Dijkman

Jos Dijkman

Science and Engineering Advisory Council

Jos Dijkman, served as an engineer with the Deltares Water Research Institute in The Netherlands until his recent retirement. Currently, he is an independent consultant. Dijkman is a flood management specialist and served on Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan Science and Engineering Board.

Carl Hershner

Carl Hershner

Science and Engineering Advisory Council

Carl Hershner, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Coastal Resources Management at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and a professor in the School of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary. Hershner has been extensively involved in the Chesapeake Bay Program for most of his career.

Charles Hopkinson

Charles Hopkinson

Science and Engineering Advisory Council

Charles “Chuck” Hopkinson, Ph.D., is a marine sciences professor at the University of Georgia and director of the Georgia Sea Grant College Program. Hopkinson was previously at the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA and before that at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, GA.

Rick Luettich

Rick Luettich

Science and Engineering Advisory Council

Rick Luettich, Sc.D., is a distinguished professor and Director of the University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences and Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters. Luettich specializes in modeling coastal systems. Among his accomplishments is the development of a widely used storm surge model that has become a cornerstone of storm surge studies following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Earthea Nance

Earthea Nance

Earthea Nance, Ph.D., P.E., CFM is associate dean and associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Nance’s research examines environmental hazards in vulnerable urban settings, as well as the intersection of science and social policy in managing the environment. She served as the director of disaster mitigation planning for New Orleans’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

Fred Sklar

Fred Sklar

Science and Engineering Advisory Council

Fred Sklar, Ph.D., is the director of the South Florida Water Management District’s Everglades division. Sklar’s expertise includes landscape ecology, coastal and wetland ecology, ecosystem modeling, adaptive management for wetland restoration, and computer applications in environmental science. His modeling experience was used in preparing the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan.

Kirstin Dow

Kirstin Dow

Science and Engineering Advisory Council

Kirstin Dow, Ph.D., is a professor of geography at the University of South Carolina and focuses on understanding climate impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation. She serves as principal investigator of the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments, an interdisciplinary research team that bridges climate science and decision making. She is the co-author of The Atlas of Climate Change.