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Nicholls partners with coastal researchers

Oct 9, 2018


Nicholls State University has partnered with a Baton Rouge research group to work on projects to fight coastal erosion and flooding in south Louisiana.

Officials with the Thibodaux university and the not-for-profit The Water Institute of the Gulf announced the collaboration today.

“Given our proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the large number of our students that live in coastal parishes, it is imperative that Nicholls play an active role in the restoration of our coast,” Nicholls President Jay Clune said in a news release. “We’re excited to work with the Water Institute of the Gulf. Their internationally recognized work in coastal resiliency aligns with our mission to protect coastal Louisiana.”

The agreement sets out the potential for collaboration on research, faculty exchanges, student mentorship programs and shared work space on Nicholls main campus, farm and Fourchon lab.

“The great challenges facing Louisiana and coastal areas around the world require an immense amount of research and action and that work only gets done through partnerships,” said Justin Ehrenwerth, president and CEO of the Water Institute. “We are proud to formalize our collaboration with Nicholls State University given their long track record of coastal research and their wealth of knowledge around deltaic systems.”

Officials from the two institutions will meet yearly to discuss work plans and opportunities for collaboration.

The Water Institute has been involved with similar research around the globe. It has partnerships with Tulane, Harvard, the Universidad de Los Lagos in Chile and Columbia University’s Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes. It also collaborates with global organizations including Deltares in the Netherlands, Ecole des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme based in Samoa.