Diana Di Leonardo


Diana Di Leonardo is a Research Scientist with The Water Institute in the Applied Geosciences Department. She earned her BA in Geosciences from Hamilton College and her MS in Geology from Oregon State University. Her current work is focused on science to support decision making and stakeholder engagement across a range of topics in geology and geomorphology (e.g., Louisiana barrier islands, groundwater management, Mississippi River management).

Before coming to the Institute, Diana worked at Tulane University, researching and working on the Louisiana coast and working with a research group that builds lab scale delta models. Prior to arriving in Louisiana, Diana worked on the Oregon and Washington coasts for her master’s research. She conducted hundreds of nearshore survey transects to track sandbar migration and demarcate flood maps. These rocky coast environments provide a fascinating contrast to Louisiana’s marshes.

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