Paul D. Coreil

Professor, Emeritus (RNR)

Chancellor: LSU, Alexandria

phone: (888) 473-6417
LINK: Contact at LSU-Alexandria

Dr. Paul D. Coreil was appointed Chancellor of LSU of Alexandria effective October 25, 2019 after being appointed Interim Chancellor of LSU of Alexandria effective June 1, 2019 and then Chancellor in October of 2019. He also served as the LSUA Interim Chancellor from February, 2013-February, 2014. His focus at LSUA has been on the development and implementation of a major LSUA Marketing Plan devoted to increasing university visibility, student enrollment, student retention, graduation rates and upon graduation - student career success. Prior to his LSUA appointment in 2013, he served in the position of Vice Chancellor of the LSU Agricultural Center and Director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service (LCES), a position he held from September, 2001-February, 2013 when he officially retired and was named LCES Director, Vice Chancellor and Professor Emeritus by the LSU Board of Supervisors soon thereafter. He has also served in several previous positions within the LSU Agricultural Center, beginning his Extension career as a Sea Grant Assistant Area Agent in Fisheries and Wildlife for Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes in 1978. He also served as Parish Chair of the Cameron Parish Extension Service office from 1987-1992.

Dr. Coreil was appointed as Wetlands and Coastal Resources Specialist for LCES/Sea Grant in 1992 and served in that capacity until 1998. In 1998, he assumed the position of Wetlands Administrator for Burlington Resources (formally Louisiana Land and Exploration Company - L,L & E – the largest private coastal landowner in Louisiana), managing over 600,000 acres of fee title coastal wetlands owned by the company. In 1999, he returned to the LSU AgCenter as Assistant Director for Environmental Programs, a position he held until being named Extension Director in 2001. He served as Chair the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors in 2006; he also served as Chair of the eXtension National Governing Committee – a committee that oversees the development of a national web-based information system covering a variety of topic areas important to a diversity of public interests. Dr. Coreil also served as the Chair of the National Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) in 2009.

Dr. Coreil received his Bachelors of Science in Zoology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana; both his Master’s Degree (in Wildlife Management) and PhD (in Extension Education) are from Louisiana State University. His Master’s research at Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge in Cameron and Vermilion Parishes included a radio telemetry study of habitat preferences and activities of nutria in southwest Louisiana. His PhD research was focused on landowners’ perceptions related to wetland regulatory policy in coastal Louisiana. The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Coreil received the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s Coastal Stewardship (Professional Category) Award, the LSU AgCenter Chancellor's Diversity Leadership Award and the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors (ASRED) Excellence in Leadership Award. He currently serves on the Louisiana 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees and is a past member of the Board for the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. He was also inducted into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame in 2015 and into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2017.

Dr. Coreil was born and raised in Ville Platte, Louisiana and has been married to Arlene Pitre Coreil, also from Ville Platte, for 45 years. They are the parents of 3 children; Abram Luke who is deceased, and two living adult children – Dr. Ashley Coreil Record, a dermatologist in Baton Rouge, and Adam Paul Coreil, a cyber security computer analyst for a major banking corporation in Dallas, Texas. Paul is an avid hunter and fisherman, spending as much of his free time at his lake house on Lake St. John in Concordia Parish. He enjoys volunteering for his church, supporting conservation and 4-H youth education related programs, and fundraising across the state. He has also been blessed with three wonderful grandchildren, Lillian, Abram, and Lucien.


  • B.S. in Zoology - University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1976
  • M.S. in Wildlife Management - Louisiana State University, 1984
  • Ph.D. in Extension Education (minor Natural Resource Economics) - Louisiana State University, 1995

Special Interest Areas

Wildlife Ecology, natural resource management in wetlands, agricultural conservation policy, natural resource economics, wetland restoration, coastal zone management, nonpoint source, Extension education and outreach

Selected Publications

  • A collar for attaching radio transmitters to nutria. Proc. Southeastern Assoc. Fish and Wildlife Agencies. 31:254-258 (with H.R. Perry). 1977.
  • Alligator meat: yields, quality studied. La.Agri.24 (1): 14-15. (with M.W. Moody and J.E. Rutledge). 1980.
  • Alligators: harvesting and processing. La. Coop. Ext. Service and LSU Sea Grant cooperating. 1981. LSU-TL-81-002. 51 pages. (revised 1986). (with M.W. Moody).
  • Alligator meat: an evaluation of new seafood. Proc. Sixth Annual Tropical and Subtropical Fish. Tech. Conf. of the Americas. 6:158-160. (with M.W. Moody and J.E. Rutledge). 1981.
  • Nutrient composition of selected portions of Louisiana alligator. Food Technology. Sept. 1982. (with C.C. Johnson, S.L. Biede, J.C. Close, and M.W. Moody).
  • Habitat preferences, movements, and activities of adult female nutria in a southwestern Louisiana intermediate marsh area. M.S. Thesis. 124 pages. 1984.
  • Turtle excluder device (trawling efficiency device): acceptance and use by Louisiana commercial shrimpers. Proceedings of First International Symp. on Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Biology, Conservation, and Management 9 pages. 1985.
  • Female Nutria Habitat Use in the Intermediate Marsh Zone of Coastal Louisiana. (with P.J. Zwark and H.R. Perry, Jr.) Proceedings of Louisiana Academy of Sciences, 1988, Vol. 51, pp. 21-30.
  • Easy rig. La. Coop. Ext. Service and LSU Sea Grant cooperating. Pub. #2379. 6 pages. (with D. Bankston). 1990.
  • Cameron fish excluder. La. Coop. Ext. Service and LSU Sea Grant cooperating. Pub. #2385. 6 pages. (with D. Bankston). 1990.
  • Using evaluation to develop a marketing strategy in the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. Proceedings of The Evaluation Association '92: Extension Evaluation Education Topical Interest Group. Ed. Nancy Ellen Kierman. The American Evaluation Association. November 5-7, 1992. Seattle, Wash. (with Satish Verma).
  • Wetland regulatory policy and the takings issue. Unpublished La. Coop. Ext. Service paper. Dec. 1992.
  • Private vs. public wetland values. Unpublished La. Coop. Ext. Service Paper. Dec. 1993. Mariculture. La. Coop. Ext. service and LSU Sea Grant cooperating. One page fact sheet. Feb. 1993
  • Wetland and coastal resources education programs in the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. In Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Conference of the American Society of Environmental Sciences: "Environmental Concerns, Public Policies and Remediation Technologies". Baton Rouge, LA. September 1993
  • Implications of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990 on Louisiana Agriculture. Southern Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting B Poster Presentation. 1993. New Orleans. 11 pages (with Steven A. Henning).
  • Permitting requirements for crawfish ponds in wetlands. Proceedings of the 1994 Louisiana Aquaculture Conference. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Baton Rouge, LA. Feb. 18, 1994.
  • The evolution of federal agricultural wetland policy. LOUISIANA RURAL ECONOMIST. Vol. 55 (1), February 1993. Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (with Steve A. Henning).
  • Wetlands functions & values in Louisiana. La. Coop. Ext. Service and LSU Sea Grant Cooperating. Pub. #2519. 12 pages. 5/93.
  • The diversification of a Louisiana coastal community. Eighth Symposium on Coastal and Ocean Management. July 1993. New Orleans, LA.
  • Navigable water bottoms and the public trust doctrine in Louisiana. La. Coop. Ext. Service and LSU Sea Grant cooperating. One page fact sheet. Feb. 1993.
  • Private lands technical assistance handbook. LSU Ag. Center B La. Coop. Ext. Service Pub. No. 2536. Nov. 1993. (with Bob Strader, Kevin Roy, and Andy Dolan).
  • Louisiana vanishing coast. In "Louisiana Conservationist" Magazine (Five articles). Jan/Feb. 1994 B Nov./Dec. 1994. Baton Rouge, LA. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. (with Phil Bowman and Lynn Bahr).
  • Environmental regulation and the "takings" issue. A Symposium on Economics in Natural Resources Management: Valuing Fish, Wildlife and Habitat. LSU Agricultural Center Publication. Baton Rouge, LA. October 1994.
  • Policy alternatives in the implementation of coastal nonpoint pollution control program in Louisiana. Midsouth Academy of Economics and Finance. February 1995. Biloxi, MS. 30 pages. (with Steven A. Henning).
  • Implications of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990 on Louisiana Agriculture. Louisiana Association of Agronomists Annual Meeting B Poster Presentation. March 1995. Baton Rouge, LA. 11 pages (with Steven A. Henning).
  • Environmental restrictions on land use: the "takings" issue. "EnviroDecisions". The Audubon Institute. April 1995. New Orleans, LA. 7 pages.
  • "Louisiana Wetlands News." Quarterly Extension/Sea Grant Newsletter. (published 1992-1998).
  • Landowners Perceptions Related to Wetland Regulatory Policy in Coastal Louisiana. Ph.D Dissertation. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. 1995. 269 pages.
  • Human uses in the Sabine-Calcaseiu Basins. Sabine Lake Conference Proceedings. Beaumont, TX. September 13-16, 1996. pp. 63-65.
  • Conservation provisions of the 1996 Farm Bill show continued commitment. In "Louisiana Farm Focus". LSU Agricultural Center's Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. Spring 1997. pp. 20-22.
  • Louisiana's coastal wetlands: value, threats, options. USDA Water Quality Conference Proceedings. Tulsa, OK. April 1997. 5 pages.
  • Marsh Maneuvers environmental education camping program. Communities Working for Wetlands Conference Proceedings. Washington, D.C. March 1997.
  • Coastal and Great Lakes sustainability partnership efforts by the National Sea Grant College Program. North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference Proceedings. March 1997. 17 pp. (with Mike Springer, Shirley Fiske, Virginia Lee, & Jim Murray).
  • Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA): a commitment to Louisiana's coastal wetlands. LSU Agricultural Center's Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service and LSU Sea Grant College Program (publication No. 2639). May 1997.
  • Private lands technical assistance handbook for Louisiana. LSU Agricultural Center's Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service Publication No. 2536. 38 pp. (with Andy Dolan, Herb Bourque and David Carline). May 1997 (3rd edition).
  • Coastal wetlands conservation: why is it important to Louisiana? LSU Agricultural Center's Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service Publication No. 2644. 12 pp. 1997.
  • An overview of the Lower Mississippi River's Influence on Louisiana's Coastal Wetlands and People. Coastal Zone 99. July 1999.
  • Water: vital link to Louisiana’s economic future. LOUISIANA AGRICULTURE. Vol. 47, No. 2 (Spring 2004)
  • “The Do's and Don'ts of Working with Local Communities: Tips for Successful Community-Based Public Meetings." Journal of Extension 42.2 (2004). (with Carrie Castille).