LSU’s College of the Coast & Environment (CC&E) has been at the forefront of coastal and environmental issues for nearly a century. Conducting research on all continents, our work helps to improve the environmental conditions that impact communities in the Mississippi River Delta and in coasts and deltas around the world. Balancing environmental conservation with economic development, our multidisciplinary degrees are ideally suited for a broad range of careers, including: doctors, veterinarians, public health officials, environmental specialists, writers, lawyers, disaster responders, coastal ecologists, and more! The college consists of two academic departments: the Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences (DOCS) and the Department of Environmental Sciences (DES). View more about our research.
Soil and water are vital resources in urban, agricultural, and natural ecosystems. The Soil and Water Sciences Department provides highly visible leadership in teaching, research, and extension/outreach programs to improve the productivity of agriculture with environmentally sound management practices, improve water quality, and protect and conserve natural resources. The department faces many new challenges in a rapidly changing environment at institute and professional levels, and the changing needs of clientele. Our programs are focused to address soil and water quality issues in a wide range of ecosystems, including: agricultural lands, forested lands, rangelands, urban lands, wetlands, and shallow lakes and estuaries. Our education, research, and outreach/extension programs have global significance in the areas of water quality, ecosystem productivity, environmental services, carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change.
Since its establishment in 1968, the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant Program, a network made up of 34 Sea Grant programs located in each of the coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico. LSU was designated the nation’s thirteenth Sea Grant College in 1978. Louisiana Sea Grant had its Program Review in October 2015, conducted by the National Sea Grant Office/NOAA, and LSG was rated as “exceeds expectations by a substantial margin in some areas/aspects.”
DB Environmental, Inc. (DBE) is a wetlands research/consulting firm with strong expertise in biogeochemistry, hydrology, advanced data analyses and modeling. For decades, DBE has been a key consultant on some of the world’s largest and most prominent wetland treatment systems. DBE’s problem-solving efforts for clients include optimization of wetland water treatment performance, vegetation communities and hydraulic characteristics, as well as development of sustainable soil management practices.
Our research is focused on the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and contaminants in a range of aquatic systems including freshwater and coastal wetlands, lakes, estuaries and coastal inner shelf environments. Oxidation-reduction reactions, controlled by the microbial communities in the soil and sediment, coupled with sorption reactions control the fate of many contaminants in the environment. We study these processes over a wide range of scales including laboratory bench top reactors, mesocosms in the greenhouse as well as full-scale field sampling efforts. Researchers have access to a range of small boats including airboats and trucks for wetland and estuarine work and access to 2 ocean-going vessels at LUMCON for sampling within the Gulf of Mexico.
The University of Florida is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top 10 public research universities in the United States. Research at UF plays a significant role in advancing our fundamental understanding of the world in which we live, generating creative breakthroughs that lead to technologies with positive benefit, creating opportunities for economic growth in the state, and changing the trajectory of young people through education. UF Research provides programs and services to support UF faculty and staff in their research efforts. We identify grant opportunities, manage proposals and awards, protect intellectual property, work with potential industry partners, highlight research achievements and more.
Gasmet’s portable FTIR gas analyzers are used for projects that require measurement of gas fluxes from agriculture, forests, wetlands, aquatic environments, and other ecosystems using chamber-based methods, including the new GT5000 Terra that is splash-proof and the lightest weight FTIR multi-gas analyzer for field measurements. Gasmet’s analyzers provide exceptional precision for measuring soil gas fluxes in the field: CO2, CH4, N2O, NH3 & H2O gases simultaneously with sub-ppm detection levels.
The Wetland Biogeochemistry Laboratory (WBL) is a research unit within the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida. The mission of the (WBL) is to achieve excellence in teaching, research and extension/outreach activities on biogeochemical cycles in wetlands and aquatic ecosystems, and promote science-based decision-making in environmental policy development and natural resource regulation.
Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is a full-time University of Florida research center for biomedical research, biotechnology and coastal ecosystem sciences located in St. Augustine, Florida. Founded in 1974, the Whitney Lab is dedicated to using marine model animals and processes for studying fundamental problems in biology and applying that knowledge to issues of human health, natural resources, and the environment.
CRCL is Louisiana’s oldest, statewide non-profit organization dedicated to coastal restoration. CRCL was established in 1988 by a small group of visionaries who could see the importance of the land loss issue before it was well recognized. While CRCL has evolved over the years, growing from a small policy shop, to a multi-faceted organization with expertise in policy, science, outreach, and on the ground restoration, the inclusive character of the organization has remained central.
The Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED) is responsible for supporting and promoting the research enterprise at LSU. Our mission is to support a holistic, university-wide environment in which advanced research, effective scholarship, and economic development can thrive and support the LSU Strategic Plan 2025. We support this effort through strategic planning, development of workshops, support for pre-award grant services, public engagement, compliance oversight, and other research administration. Our research focal areas outline seven interdisciplinary research topics that we support with coordinated grant writing and initiatives.