Our Technical Team

The Institute’s technical 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.

Ehab Meselhe

Vice President for Engineering

Alyssa Dausman

Vice President for Science

Jeff Hebert

Vice President for Adaptation and Resilience

Mead Allison

Senior Technical Advisor

Tim Carruthers

Director of Coastal Ecology

Scott Hemmerling

Director of Human Dimensions

Dale Morris

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Monica Barra


Melissa Baustian

Coastal Ecologist

Harris Bienn

Research Assistant

Ryan Clark


Diana Di Leonardo

Research Scientist: Water Resources

Christopher Esposito

Research Scientist: Water Resources

Alaina Grace

Program Coordinator

Kelin Hu

Research Scientist

Andrea Jerabek

Research Associate: Coastal Ecology

Hoonshin Jung

Research Scientist: Hydraulics-Water Quality

Francesca Messina

Research Scientist: Water Resources

Colleen McHugh

Senior Adaptation Planner for Resilience Lab

Leland Moss

Research Scientist

Cyndhia Ramatchandirane

Research Scientist: Water Resources

Yushi Wang

Research Scientist: Water Resources

Dallon Weathers

Field Coordinator

Eric White

Research Engineer: Water Resources

Brendan Yuill

Research Scientist: Water Resources