LSU Geography and Anthropology was well represented at the biennial State of the Coast conference in New Orleans. Professor Craig Colten and Ph.D. candidates Audrey Grismore and Jessica Simms presented on their resilience research.
State of the Coast is hosted every two years by the Council for the Restoration of Coastal Louisiana and brings together experts from coastal sciences, engineering, social sciences, and the humanities. Coastal specialists from 33 states were among the 1000 plus attendees. Special guest speakers included New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
The LSU G&A team were in a session entitled Mobility as Adaptation: Historical Contexts for Coastal Management in Louisiana. Grismore’s paper was “Retreat from the Coast: The Shifting Public Discussion and Policy Frameworks,” Colten’s paper was “Lifting the Anchor to Place: Changing Wetlands Management Regimes in Louisiana,” and Simms’ paper was “The Grounds for Displacement: Migration Possibilities and Complexities on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast.” Colten also served as moderator for the panel discussion: “Oh the Humanities!: Values and Culture in Coastal Restoration.”
Their research has been supported by two federal agencies: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in collaboration with researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.