• Coasts & Deltas

  • Communities

  • Water Resources

Liaison Groups

The Water Institute has established the following Liaison Groups in an effort to establish an organized liaison process to receive program advice and discuss opportunities for collaboration with academic institutions and non-governmental organizations with missions and programs relevant to the mission and objectives of The Water Institute.  These Liaison Groups represent a concerted effort by The Water Institute to develop meaningful platforms of communication and collaboration with some of the thought leaders on coastal issues in Louisiana. 

Academic Liaison Group

Robert Twilley, Ph.D., Chair
Louisiana Sea Grant

Michael Blum, Ph.D.
Tulane University

Chris D'Elia, Ph.D.
Louisiana State University

John Doucet, Ph.D.
Nicholls State University

Steve Johnson, Ph.D.
University of New Orleans

Tom Klei, Ph.D.
Louisiana State University

Ramesh Kolluru, Ph.D.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Mark Kulp, Ph.D.
University of New Orleans

Laura Levy, Ph.D.
Tulane University

Nancy Rabalais, Ph.D.

Mark Zappi, Ph.D.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

NGO Liaison Group

Karen Gautreaux, Chair
The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana

America's WETLAND Foundation

Bayou Grace


CCA Louisiana

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Coast Builders Coalition

Conservation Fund

Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX)

Environmental Defense Fund

GNO, Inc.

Gulf Restoration Network

Horizon Initiative 

Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation

Louisiana Environmental Action Network

Louisiana Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Lowlander Center

National Audubon Society

National Wildlife Federation

Ocean Conservancy


Restore or Retreat

Sierra Club

The Nature Conservancy

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Trust for Public Land

Urban Conservancy 

United States Business Council for Sustainable Development

Women of the Storm