Ryan Clark is a Geologist with 15 years of experience in large, multidisciplinary coastal projects in both the private and public sectors. His work at the Institute includes research on surface and groundwater resources management, flooding, and environmental flows. He is the project leader (Principle Investigator) for multiple projects at the Institute.

Prior to joining the Institute, Clark was a Project Scientist at ARCADIS, an international consultancy based in The Netherlands. He served in the Integrated Water Resources Planning practice as the co-project manager for the United States Army Corps of Engineers – New Orleans District/Federal Emergency Management Agency - Region 6 Joint Coastal Surge Study. His duties included management for large, multi-agency, multidisciplinary, and multinational flooding studies for the cities of New Orleans and Houston following Hurricanes Katrina and Ike. Clark provided technical expertise for a project developing a comprehensive sediment management plan for the Atchafalaya Basin, the only region along the Louisiana coast that is currently experiencing land gain through deltaic formation.

Clark is a Registered Professional Geoscientist in the state of Louisiana. He was elected as the President-Elect of the Society for Ecological Restoration – Large-scale Ecosystem Restoration Section in 2014 and continues to serve as Past President.

Clark provided technical, database management, and GIS support for a project developing a comprehensive sediment management plan for the Atchafalaya Basin, the only region along the Louisiana coast that is currently experiencing land gain through deltaic formation.

Clark was part of the team that developed Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan. He served as a local liaison to the Master Plan project team and as a High-Performance Computing Principle Investigator for the usage of LSU/ Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) supercomputers utilized in the project. He performed reviews of storm surge modeling results, and contributed to the hydrodynamic component of the final report.