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Denise Reed, Ph.D.
The Water Institute of the Gulf

Denise Reed, Ph.D., is Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives at The Water Institute of the Gulf. Reed is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in coastal marsh sustainability and the role of human activities in modifying coastal systems. She has studied coastal issues in the United States and around the world for more than 30 years.

Dr. Reed has worked closely with Louisiana’s state government in developing coastal restoration plans, including the 2012 and 2017 Coastal Master Plans. Her experience includes field research on the response of coastal wetlands to sea level rise, ecosystem restoration and planning in the California Bay Delta, and advisory roles involving many federal water resource planning issues including post-Sandy work in the northeast and restoration planning in Puget Sound. She has served on numerous boards and panels addressing the effects of human alterations on coastal environments and the role of science in guiding restoration, including a number of National Research Council, now the National Academies for Science, Engineering and Medicine, committees.

Prior to joining The Water Institute of the Gulf, Dr. Reed served as a University Research Professor in the University of New Orleans’ Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

She currently serves on the NOAA Science Advisory Board and is a member of the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. She earned a bachelor's and doctoral degree in geography from the University of Cambridge.

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     02/18 - Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana

How widespread is the problem in our state? Take the survey!
Governor John Bel Edward’s deputy chief of staff, Johnny Anderson, resigned in November due to allegations of sexual harassment. A month earlier, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from his restaurant management group after sexual harassment accusations. Charges of sexual misconduct in the workplace against celebrities and government officials made state and national headlines during the last several months of 2017.

How widespread is the problem in our state? Where is the distinction drawn between boorish acts and abusive behavior? Is every circumstance unique or should all offenders be dealt with in the same manner? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana” Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, February 27)

Panelists:
- Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell; Senate Select Committee on Women and Children
- Craig Broome; Louisiana Society of Human Resource
- Janice Lansing, Chairperson of Governor Edwards’ Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Policy Task Force
- Allison A. Jones; attorney; Downer, Jones & Wilhite in Shreveport

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and Southern University Vice President for External Affairs, Robyn Merrick, host the discussion.


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