Provost's Fund: Coastal Research Projects

January 18, 2023

The LSU Provost’s Fund for Innovation in Research has announced $1.1 million in faculty research grants to 33 projects, including several focusing in the area of coastal research, in support of sustained strategic priorities for the university and for Louisiana.

Launched in 2022, the Provost’s Fund supports interdisciplinary research in five priority areas, also known as the LSU Pentagon, which includes agriculture, biomedicine and biotechnology, coast and environment, defense and cybersecurity and energy.

Spanning Our Priorities

priorities pentagonWhile some of the newly funded projects fall within a single priority area, several span multiple priority areas. The strength of the Scholarship First Agenda lies not only in how LSU can drive research and innovation in agriculture, biomedicine, coast, defense and energy, but combine these areas in interesting ways to solve pressing problems in Louisiana and around the globe. In total:

  • Five faculty identified their projects as agricultural;
  • 19 faculty identified their projects as biomedical;
  • 13 faculty identified their projects as coastal;
  • Eight faculty identified their projects as defense-related;
  • 10 faculty identified their projects as energy-related.

Below is a list of current Provost’s Fund faculty research awardees focusing in the area of coastal research.

See more information about the fund and the full list of awardees.


  • Assistant Professor of Geography & Anthropology Huanping Huang (LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences) will characterize how the wind speed decays of landfalling hurricanes have evolved over time to help with disaster preparedness and planning.
  • Associate Professor of Geology & Geophysics Carol Wilson (LSU College of Science) will receive funds to service and maintain an existing array of Rod Surface Elevation Tables with Marker Horizons (RSET-MH) that measure relative sea-level rise in the Ganges Brahmaputra delta, one of the most vulnerable and densely populated deltas in the world, to develop stronger resilience strategies for deltas worldwide.
  • Professor of Renewable Natural Resources Yi-jun Xu (College of Agriculture) will study the direct human input of carbon to the Mississippi River from wastewater treatment plants.