LSU is a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution on the banks of the Mississippi River. We are a comprehensive, state flagship university, and our academic programs span science, engineering, humanities, arts and social sciences. As an R-1 university in the Carnegie Higher Education Classification, research and economic development are central to our mission, and our research productivity places us in the top 3% of institutions of higher education in the United States.

Our research efforts are as broad as our academic programs. We also invest strategically in seven areas of multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary focus, as embodied in our research centers and institutes and described in our Strategic Plan. I invite you to explore our website to learn more about these initiatives. Within this site, you will find stories of our faculty and staff’s research accomplishments, as well as information on research opportunities, support for research compliance and links to our collaborating research centers and institutes.

Our Office of Research & Economic Development invests heavily in economic development activities for the state and region. We invite you to come visit, discuss your ideas for collaboration and see how our resources can support your plans. Whether you are a small start-up or a major industry looking for research partnership, we have the faculty, staff and infrastructure to help you succeed.


Samuel J. Bentley 
Vice President for Research & Economic Development

Dr. Samuel J. Bentley


Dr. Samuel J. Bentley serves as the Vice President and is the Billy and Ann Harrison Chair in Sedimentary Geology. 

He is a marine sedimentologist in department of Geology and Geophysics in the College of Science. Dr. Bentley’s work involves field, laboratory, and modeling studies of sediments and stratigraphy on continental margins of ocean basins, including the Mississippi Delta. His specific interests include applications of sediment radiochemistry to studies of sediment flux and accumulation along margins, among other things.

Dr. Bentley and his students and collaborators have worked on projects from the tropics to the Arctic, publishing over 100 journal articles and book chapters. Much of his interest here in Louisiana is focused on Mississippi Delta conservation and restoration. Dr. Bentley’s work as director of LSU’s Coastal Studies Institute from 2012 to 2017 is one example. He participated in a large study of delta restoration strategies, supported by the National Audubon Society, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation, and presently serves on the State of Louisiana’s Coastal Advisory Team for developing  the State of Louisiana’s 2023 Coastal Master Plan.