Mead Allison

Senior Technical Advisor

An expert on river, deltaic and coastal sedimentary processes, Mead Allison, Ph.D., has researched river delta systems for nearly 30 years. He is one of the foremost experts on the Mississippi River’s sediment transport processes.

Dr. Allison is Professor and chair of the Department of River-Coastal Science and Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans and Senior Technical Advisor at The Water Institute of the Gulf. From 2013-2018, Dr. Allison served as Director of Institute’s Physical Processes & Sediment Systems team. Previously, he served the University of Texas as Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist at the Jackson School of Geosciences’ Institute for Geophysics.

Dr. Allison has held faculty positions at Tulane University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and at Texas A&M University’s Department of Oceanography.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from the College of William & Mary, a master’s in geology from East Carolina University and a doctorate in oceanography from State University of New York, Stony Brook. He studied at the University of Paris as a J. William Fulbright Fellow and was a Post-Doctoral Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Since joining the Institute in early 2013, Dr. Allison and his team have undertaken a series of observational in support of coastal restoration efforts for the State of Louisiana. These include process studies of the Calcasieu Ship Channel, the West Bay Diversion, the Mississippi River channel, and Barataria Basin and Breton Sound. The basin studies are in support of research to examine the effects of large proposed river diversions.

Dr. Allison’s group has also initiated studies of the Mekong River channel in Vietnam funded by the Office of Naval Research and the sediment budget of the middle Mississippi River reach funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


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