Meet Our Team

The Institute’s team integrates a wide variety of skill sets, experience, and education into the work we do in finding the best, most holistic solutions to the challenges that face communities living within coastal, riverine, and deltaic systems.

Hailing from around the world, this team gives the Institute the well-rounded approach that allows us to bring elements as diverse as population demographics, policy analysis, water and sediment transport, ecosystem dynamics and predictive numerical modeling to help inform decision makers facing tough choices. The Institute’s dedicated staff is the key to our ability to approach projects across disciplines.

Decades of research into coastal and delta processes, as well as a long history of lessons learned from a multitude of hurricanes and flooding events, the Institute is contributing toward making Louisiana a leader in coastal resiliency issues nationally and internationally.

Justin Ehrenwerth

President and CEO

Alyssa Dausman

Senior Vice President & Chief Scientist

Hugh Roberts

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Tim Carruthers

Director of Coastal Ecology

Scott Hemmerling

Director of Human Dimensions

Mike Miner

Director of Applied Geosciences

Ioannis Georgiou

Director of Coastal and Deltaic Systems Modeling

Jordan R. Fischbach

Director of Planning and Policy Research

Danielle W. Johnson

Director of Grants & Contracts

Kristen Green

Director of Finance & Controller

Jason Curole

Director of Project Management

Beaux Jones

Chief of Staff & General Counsel

Amy Wold

Director of Communications

Samuel Brody

Senior Fellow

Alex McCorquodale

Senior Fellow

Larry Weber

Senior Fellow

Sue Hughes

Senior Planning Policy Advisor

Tom Hughes

Senior Economic Policy Advisor

Robert Landry

Senior Advisor

Donna Averion

Proposal and Marketing Manager

Melissa Baustian

Coastal Ecologist and Director of LA-COE

Maricel Beltrán-Burgos

Research Associate 2

Harris Bienn

Geospatial Scientist/Lead GIS Analyst

Martijn Bregman

Research Scientist

Charley Cameron

Technical Editor

Ryan Clark


Zachary Cobell

Research Engineer

Andrew Courtois

Field Geologist

Patricia "Soupy" Dalyander

Senior Research Scientist

Allison DeJong


Diana Di Leonardo

Research Scientist: Water Resources

Christopher Esposito

Research Scientist: Water Resources

Ovel Díaz García

Research Engineer

Lauren Grimley

Research Scientist

Audrey Grismore

Geographer, Cultural Resource Management, Archaeologist

Allison Haertling

Planning Associate

Anna Karen Hartzog

HR & Office Coordinator

Hoonshin Jung

Research Scientist: Hydraulics-Water Quality

Patrick Bodilly Kane

Research Scientist: Planning and Policy

Erin Kiskaddon

Benthic Ecologist

Abby Littman

Planning Associate

Bingqing Liu

Postdoctoral researcher /Deputy Director LA-COE

Brett McMann

Civil Engineer

Colleen McHugh

Senior Adaptation Planner

Brian McCollum

Senior IT Specialist

Francesca Messina

Research Scientist: Water Resources

Shubhra Misra

Senior Research Scientist

Jessi Parfait


Christian Ariza-Porras

Data Architect

Matthew Rodi

Project Controls Analyst

Brandy Rush

Human Resources Manager

John Swartz

Research scientist

Yushi Wang

Research Scientist: Water Resources

Eva Windhoffer

Coastal Wildlife Ecologist

Nathan Young

Senior Research Scientist

Brendan Yuill

Research Scientist: Water Resources

Shan Zou

Research Scientists: Modeling