Environmental Sciences Directory

Department Chair

Kevin Armbrust Kevin L. Armbrust
Professor and Chair, Claiborne Gasoline Company Chair in Air Quality/Environmental Toxicology
225-578-4281
armbrust@lsu.edu 
1279 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
My overall research programs cover the movement, disposition and ultimate degradation/fate and toxicity of chemicals in environmental matrices (water, sediment and biota) with a focus on Louisiana watersheds, wetlands and coastal areas. We develop laboratory and field methods to assess important biological and physical dissipation processes in surface soils/sediments as well as near surface water and measuring contributions of chemical loads by different use patterns to non-target freshwater and marine watersheds. We have programs assessing the transport of pesticides, petrochemicals, and human health pharmaceuticals and their degradation products in soil and water, the influence of sunlight on their degradation and toxicity in soil and water, environmental and biological processes influencing pesticide and pharmaceutical degradation, and the environmental impact of pesticides and pharmaceutical products. We also have projects assessing amounts of chemical contamination in manufactured and retail food and animal feed and the impacts on human health. There is a strong emphasis on research as it impacts regulatory science in ecological and human health risk assessment such that the best available science is incorporated into regulatory and policy decisions at the state, national and international levels.

Rachel Lau
Assistant to the Chair
225-578-5427
rstrec2@lsu.edu 

Victoria Bessonet
Victoria Bessonet
Academic Coordinator
225-578-8522
envsgrad@lsu.edu 
vbesso1@lsu.edu 


Professors (A-Z)

Chris D'EliaChristopher D'Elia
Professor and Dean of the College of the Coast & Environment
225-578-7188
cdelia@lsu.edu 
Research Interests:
Nutrient dynamics in aquatic systems; estuarine ecology; coral reef ecology; algal/invertebrate symbiosis; science history and policy; math and science education; marine pollution; global climate change; analytical chemistry

 

Rebeca CrespoRebeca de Jesús Crespo
Assistant Professor
225-578-4293
rdejesuscrespo1@lsu.edu 
1263 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
Landscape Ecology, Ecosystem Services, Environmental Drivers of Human Health and Well Being, Watershed Management, Sustainable Development

Denise DeLormeDenise DeLorme
Professor, Environmental Communication
225-578-8832
ddelorme@lsu.edu 
3181 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
Qualitative social science research methods, including focus groups and in-depth interviews; environmental communication, social marketing, stakeholder engagement, and health communication

 
David DismukesDavid Dismukes
Professor, Executive Director and Professor Center for Energy Studies
225-578-4343
dismukes@lsu.edu 
1069 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

 


Jonathon DoeringJon Doering
Assistant Professor
225-578-5553
jdoering@lsu.edu 
1267 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
Ecotoxicology, molecular toxicology, predictive toxicology, species extrapolation, ecological risk assessment

Thomas DouthatThomas Douthat
Assistant Professor
225-578-4304
tdouthat1@lsu.edu 
2111 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
I study how place based systems adapt to social, economic, and environmental change through the lenses of law, planning and policy, and economic geography. My work has involved diverse subjects ranging from coffee to transportation, and spans both rural and urban areas. I approach problems through the prism of my background in the fields of environmental planning and governance, spatial analysis, and law, and seek to create practical solutions for a more equitable and resilient society. This involves adaptation in socio-environmental systems (e.g. coastal communities, and agriculture), linkages between environmental and economic systems, and sustainable transportation.

Linda HooperLinda Hooper-Bùi
Professor
225-578-5427
lindabui@lsu.edu 
1249 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
Community structure, niche theory, disturbance/disaster ecology and multi-stressors in ecosystems, climate change and sea-level rise, intricate details of basic biology about how insects and spiders survive stressors, food webs and nutrient dynamics – from large scale to minuscule

Aixin HouAixin Hou
Professor and Shell Professor in Oceanography/Wetland Studies
225-578-4294
ahou@lsu.edu 
1225 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
Microbial ecology; biogeochemistry; water quality

 

Martin Hugh-JonesMartin Hugh-Jones
Emeritus Professor
225-578-5599 2279
mhughj1@lsu.edu 
2279 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

 

 


Crystal JohnsonCrystal N. Johnson
Associate Professor
225-578-9422
cnjohnson@lsu.edu 
2283 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
I am currently examining how Vibrio spp. (V. parahaemolyticus, V. vulnificus, and V. cholerae) respond to environmental cues, including sea surface temperature, salinity, chlorophyll, turbidity, suspended particulate matter, and dissolved organic carbon. It is well-established that temperature affects the levels of these naturally occurring marine bacteria (i.e., their levels are higher in warmer months and lower in cooler months), but it remains unclear what combinations of other environmental factors contribute to the variations in vibrio levels.

Yong-Ha KimYong-Ha Kim
Assistant Professor
225-578-4295
yonghakim1@lsu.edu 
1261 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
With the goal of developing new principles and technologies that can improve the quality of human life and lead to sustainable development, my research is focused on the fundamentals of colloid and surface science and radiation chemistry and physics, and their applications in environmental engineering and science. My current research interests include colloidal phenomena and contaminant transport modeling in environmental systems, radiation dosimetry and indoor air quality, and chemical and environmental process intensification.   

Nina LamNina Lam
Professor & Abraham Distinguished Professor of Louisiana Environmental Studies
225-578-6197
nlam@lsu.edu 
2275 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
Geographic information science, remote sensing; spatial analysis, environmental health, disaster resilience, sustainability

Ed LawsEdward Laws
Professor
225-578-8800
edlaws@lsu.edu 
3141 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
phytoplankton ecology, water pollution, climate change

 

Slawomir LomnickiSlawomir Lomnicki
Associate Professor
225-578-8147
slomni1@lsu.edu 
1251 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
Homogeneous catalysis; Combustion processes; Reactivity and properties of nanoparticles; Biological interactions of nanoparticles

Ed OvertonEdward Overton
Emeritus Professor
225-578-8634
ebovert@lsu.edu 
1265 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
Analytical-Environmental Chemistry – trace organic analyses using high resolution separation techniques and high resolution gas chromatography-mass spectrometry; environmental monitoring; environmental analyses and their associated data interpretation, management and presentation techniques; application of analytical techniques and chemical principles to emergency spill responses; chemical hazard evaluations and risk assessments; analytical instrument development for use with hazardous chemical spill incidents, ambient environmental monitoring, and monitoring in closed (indoor) environments; and development of methods to detect, assess and mitigate environmental chemical hazards

Margaret ReamsMargaret A. Reams
Professor
225-578-4299
mreams@lsu.edu 
2115 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
Environmental policy and management; resilience; sustainability

 

Lawrence J. Rouse
Emeritus Professor
225-578-0734
lrouse@lsu.edu 
1225 Energy, Coast and Environment Building 

Brian SnyderBrian Snyder
Assistant Professor
225-578-4559
snyderb@lsu.edu 
1109 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Research Interests:
Renewable energy systems, climate policy, energy flow through human systems

Vince WilsonVincent L. Wilson
Professor and Director, CC&E Undergraduate Programs
225-578-1753
vwilson@lsu.edu 
1253 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Research Associates (A-Z)

Laura Basirico
225-578-8393
lbasir1@lsu.edu 
1177 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Shakura Jahan
sjahan@lsu.edu 
1257 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Postdoctoral Researchers (A-Z)

Farhana Hasan
farhana@lsu.edu 

ChuQi Guo
cguo6@lsu.edu  
3273 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Alex "Stuart" McClellan
smccl14@lsu.edu  
2285 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Volodymr Mihunov
vmihun1@lsu.edu