Message From The Director: Welcome to the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) at Louisiana State University. The Coastal Studies Institute is an interdisciplinary organization established to foster collaborative coastal science and engineering research in coastal settings, with over twenty leading faculty and more students spanning five departments in five colleges and schools at LSU. CSI is a centerpiece of LSU's Commitment to the Coast.

CSI was established as an interdisciplinary and field-oriented research organization in 1952 to address the US Navy's needs, with long-term funding from the Geography Programs of the Office of Naval Research. Over the years, we have broadened our sources for research support, and CSI has received research funding through competitive grants and contracts from a wide range of federal and state agencies, and industrial partners.

CSI was expanded and reorganized in 2012, with support from the LSU Office of Research and Economic Development. CSI is now a central organization and point of contact at LSU that focuses on interdisciplinary coastal science and engineering, spanning the expertise of faculty in multiple colleges and schools. We actively promote coastal activities at LSU to State and Federal agencies.

Our research is interdisciplinary, including coastal geology, engineering, and oceanography, emphasizing deltaic, shelf and slope sedimentary environments. Our research capabilities include a wide range of field operations, physical and numerical modeling, and laboratory facilities, from deep-ocean moorings to beach monitoring, wave tanks, physical models, high-performance computing, and biogeochemical analyses.

Our primary research goal is to develop scientific knowledge, engineering principles, and planning tools to facilitate a resilient human presence and renaissance on deltaic coasts, which are threatened world-wide by land loss and declining water and sediment supplies. An additional broader goal is to enhance LSU research efforts in coastal and shelf-sea processes and products around the world.

CSI recognizes that sustaining human presence on deltaic coastlines is essential to healthy coastal societies and economies. Accordingly, CSI scientists and engineers work closely with the Coastal Sustainability Studio and other LSU units and faculty with coastal research in social science and economics, to foster a fully integrated LSU approach to the study, conservation, and growth of coastal communities and environments.

Sam Bentley
Director, and Billy and Ann Harrison Chair in Sedimentary Geology
LSU Department of Geology and Geophysics


CSI Fellow Maiti Receives 2015 LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award

Kanchan Maiti, assistant professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, or DOCS, has been awarded the LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award for 2015. The award "recognizes faculty at the rank of assistant professor who have outstanding records of scholarship and published research."He will receive a $5,000 cash award.

"It is a great privilege to teach and research at LSU," said Maiti. "I am delighted to be honored for my work, and I am grateful for the continuous support of my colleagues, department chair and dean at the School of the Coast & Environment."

Maiti joined the DOCS faculty in August 2010 following a postdoctoral position at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He specializes in upper ocean particle dynamics and biological pump, or biologically driven sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere to the deep sea; the fate and transport of organic matter and contaminants in aquatic systems; and the utilization of artificial and natural radioisotopes to study environmental processes. He teaches courses in chemical oceanography, the marine geochemistry of sediments, marine Isotope biogeochemistry, and geological oceanography.

Maiti received a bachelor's degree in geology from Presidency College, University of Calcutta, a master's degree in applied geology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Distinguished Faculty Award recipients were honored at a reception on May 5 at the LSU Lod Cook Alumni Center.