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Denise Reed

Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives, The Water Institute of the Gulf

Denise J. Reed is Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives at The Water Institute of the Gulf. She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in coastal marsh sustainability and the role of human activities in modifying coastal systems with over 30 years of experience studying coastal issues in the United States and abroad.

Prior to joining The Water Institute, Dr. Reed was a Distinguished Research Professor in the University of New Orleans’ Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. She has served on numerous boards and panels addressing the effects of human alterations on coastal environments and the role of science in guiding restoration, including the NRC Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta, and has been a member of the USACE Environmental Advisory Board and the NOAA Science Advisory Board.

Dr. Reed received her B.S. degree in Geography from Sidney Sussex College, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Cambridge.