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Coastal Science Assistantship Program (CSAP)

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Brian Harris LSU Projected May 2020 Navid H. Jafari
Benjamin Beasley UNO Projected May 2018 Ioannis Y. Georgiou
Viet Quoc Le UNO Projected May 2018 Malay Ghose-Hajra
Meagan McCoy ULL Projected May 2018 Mark Hester
Bo Wang LSU Projected May 2018 Y. Jun Xu
Jonathan Bridgeman Tulane Projected May 2018 Torbjörn Törnqvist
Sujan Baral La Tech Projected May 2018 Jay Wang
Celeste Woock UNO Projected May 2018 Alex Kolker


Meagan-McCoyMeagan McCoy is working toward her master’s degree in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her research is designed to improve scientific understanding of how sediment diversions may influence plant community composition and productivity, and the resulting data could be utilized to further refine predictive modeling of the effectssediment diversions on coastal ecosystems. After earning her master’s degree, she plans to work in wetland restoration.

Bo-WangBo Wang is pursuing a master’s degree in watershed science from the School of Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University. His research focuses on determining sediment accretion and availability in the lower Mississippi River. Riverine sediment is a valuable resource for Louisiana’s coast, but there are some unknowns about the variability of riverine sediment and actual divertible quantity in its lowermost reach in Louisiana. Following graduation, Wang plans to become a hydrology and watershed researcher.

Sujan-BaralSujan Baral is pursuing his master’s degree in civil engineering from the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University. His research will evaluate the anti-erosion ability of various vegetation – such as grasses and trees – for coastal protection. After earning his degree, his goal is to become a researcher in the field of civil engineering.


Celeste-WoockCeleste Woock is working toward her master’s degree in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of New Orleans. She will be investigating patterns of subsidence across coastal Louisiana using a variety of datasets, such as water-level gauges, LIDAR, benchmarks, GPS stations and stratigraphic relationships. Short and long-term subsidence patterns remain one of the largest unknown aspects of the coastal zone and the intent of her project is to provide a better understanding of these patterns. Following graduate school, she plans to pursue a career in geophysical exploration.