Harris Bienn

Geospatial Scientist/Lead GIS Analyst

Harris Bienn is a researcher for The Water Institute of the Gulf, where he is a member of the Human Dimensions group. Harris joined the Institute in 2014 as a research intern in the Engineering Design and Innovation group. His focus has since shifted the realm of sociohydrology and his ongoing research is focused on assessing the sociocultural and environmental impacts of climatic flux, quantification of multi-hazard severity, and identification of nature-based solutions for sustainable water resource management. His academic interests include environmental equity analysis, quantitative modeling of human response to environmental hazards, and data visualization and analysis using geographic information systems (GIS).

His recent work at the Institute includes a comprehensive water resources assessment for the state of Louisiana, resilience assessment efforts in Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast, quantitative methods to account for social vulnerability in large-scale environmental restoration projects, and geostatistical methods for assessing the combined impacts of multiple hazards on vulnerable populations.

Prior to joining the Institute, Harris worked for the Jacobs Alliance Group at the ExxonMobil Chemical Plant doing process engineering preparations for turnaround projects. Harris spent four years in the United State Marine Corps as an enlisted infantryman and left the service in 2012.

Harris graduated from Louisiana State University’s College of Civil and Environmental Engineering in May of 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. He anticipates future academic endeavors related to the nexus of anthropogenic development and adaptive water resources management.

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