FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEUpdated August 18, 2016 BATON ROUGE – A variety of experts and scholars are available to provide context and accurate information about the historic flooding currently in Louisiana. Please check as this list will be updated.LSU also has a video uplink studio with live broadcast capabilities for any outlets wishing to conduct on-camera interviews. To schedule interviews, contact 225-578-5685/[email protected] or 510-816-8161/[email protected]. Climate ExtremesBarry KeimAreas of Expertise: Climate extremes including heavy rainfall and hurricanes, detection of climate change and its impacts, statistical analysis of extremes and Probable Maximum Precipitation.LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology - Richard J. Russell Professor and Louisiana State Climatologist225-578-6170[email protected] Disaster RecoveryMaurice WolcottAreas of Expertise: Flood maps, how to work with FEMA, rights of the insured and uninsured.LSU AgCenter - Instructor and Extension Specialist225-603-5313 (cell)225-578-1057[email protected]

Claudette ReichelAreas of expertise: Flooding remediation, building science, energy management, indoor air quality, disaster mitigation and restoration, universal design, LaHouse Resource Center: an educational sustainable housing demonstration facility, educational attraction and program.LSU AgCenter - Director of LaHouse Resource Center, Professor and Extension Housing Specialist 225-202-6593 (cell)225-578-4400[email protected]

Carol FriedlandAreas of Expertise: Hazard-resistant construction and mitigation, performance of housing and other built infrastructure subjected to natural hazards. Combined wind and flood interactions on structures; post-event data acquisition; remote sensing of building damage; hazard-resistant and sustainable construction; integration of Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, in hazards research, hazard mitigation planning and mitigation decision making.LSU Department of Construction Management – Assistant Professor225-578-1155[email protected]

Shandy HeilAreas of Expertise: Disaster recovery and mitigation, flood zone designations and requirements, hazard-resistant construction methods and techniques; building science and mitigation construction research; hazard resistant building codes.LSU AgCenter - Extension Associate for the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department and LaHouse Resource Center staff225-578-4325[email protected]

Edward RichardsAreas of Expertise: Flood insurance plan, flood maps, land use issues, storms and climate change. He produced the Law Review article: The Hurricane Katrina Levee Breach Litigation: Getting the First Geoengineering Liability Case RightLSU Law Center – Director of the Law, Science and Public Health program and Professor of Law225-578-7595[email protected]

Food SafetyWennie XuArea of expertise: Natural disaster food safety LSU AgCenter - Assistant Professor302-229-8499 (cell)225-578-3997[email protected] Floods, Rivers and Storm SurgeFrank TsaiAreas of Expertise: Watershed and groundwater flow, fate and transport modeling in aquifer systems and surface water.LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering - Professor225-578-4246[email protected]

Clint WillsonAreas of Expertise: Groundwater modeling, small-scale physical modeling of flow and sediment in the Mississippi River DeltaLSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – Mike N. Dooley P.E. Professor and Director of the Center for River Studies225-578-8672[email protected]

John PardueAreas of Expertise: Fate and transport of chemical contaminants during hurricanes and floods, handling debris after disasters and impacts of storm surge on industrial facilities.LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering - Elizabeth Howell Stewart Professor and Director of the Hazardous Substance Research Center225-578-8661[email protected] Animal Welfare, Pets and WildlifeRebecca S. McConnicoAreas of Expertise: Emergency response efforts for disaster situations involving animals including evacuation, technical large animal rescue, emergency management, shelter operations, slack water rescue, biosecurity, planning and safety.LSU School of Veterinary Medicine – Director of LSU School of Veterinary Medicine-Louisiana State Animal Response Team and Equine Branch ManagerContact: Ginger Guttner, Director of Public Relations, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine225-772-8957 (cell) [email protected] Other resources related to pets and animalsTips for Pet Owners: for Horse Owners: to Do if You Encounter Wildlife: Preparedness: Kristine HealyArea of Expertise: Medical Entomology and Public Health Entomology, mosquitos and honeybeesLSU Department of Entomology – Assistant [email protected] Photo, Documents and Book RestorationEd Benoit Areas of expertise: Recovering damaged photos and other items, documenting natural disasters, cultural heritage, archival process and audiovisual preservation.LSU School of Library & Information Science - Assistant Professor225-578-1469 414-336-4966 (mobile) [email protected]

Mark MartinAreas of expertise: Recovery of photos that have sustained water damage; photography archivesLSU Libraries - Photographic Processing Archivist225-578-6501[email protected] Communication and Social Media Lance PorterAreas of Expertise: Social media effects and sharing in times of disaster and emergency. Manship School of Mass Communication – Associate Professor and Director of the Social Media Analysis and Creation Lab225-573-7485 [email protected] -30-

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