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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