Louisiana Sea Grant’s Discovery, Integration and Application Program (LaDIA) expands the impact of research on coastal issues. The program supports scholars interested in applying their work to real world problems and sharing these discoveries with diverse audiences. By encouraging multidisciplinary research efforts and strong links with coastal communities, the LaDIA Program connects science, communication and coastal residents. In essence, the program provides a two-way conduit between university research results and community needs. The LaDIA Program is divided into three areas: LaDIA Fellowships, Coastal Connections and Resilient Communities Projects.
These one-year fellowships represent an extraordinary opportunity for highly talented, tenure track faculty conducting research in coastal Louisiana. Over the course of three retreats, fellows will broaden their knowledge of coastal concerns, hone their science communication skills and expand their ability to address coastal challenges through applied research. LaDIA Fellows are selected based on their potential to develop innovative approaches to coastal research and willingness to explore innovative solutions to coastal challenges in Louisiana.
Coastal Connections is modified from the Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) approach to research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise develops academic, presentation and research communication skills and supports the development of students’ capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to non-specialist audience. Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their research topic and its significance using up to two slides. Coastal Connections focuses on the ability of students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.
Louisiana Sea Grant recently funded five new projects concentrating on the program’s Resilient Communities focus area. One is a research project and the others are scientific synthesis efforts – where existing data is used to develop new models to explain or test a problem. Below is a synopsis of the two-year projects, along with a list of the investigators and their affiliations.