Interim Director of
Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences
Professor in Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of New Orleans
New Orleans LA 70148
Voice (504) 280-7395
FAX (504) 280-7396


Research Interest
My research focuses on various aspects of sediment dynamics in coastal wetlands, with emphasis on sediment mobilization and marsh hydrology, both natural and altered, as factors controlling sediment deposition. I have participated in numerous research projects concerning marsh and estuarine sediment dynamics on the Gulf and Pacific coasts of the US as well as in Europe and South America. I've also worked closely with the development of restoration plans in for coastal Louisiana for the last 5 years. I moved to the Department of Geology at the University of New Orleans in 1998 and current research includes sediment dynamics and restoration in Louisiana, the Columbia River estuary and the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta.

Selected Publications


Koch, E.W., Barbier, E.B., Silliman, B.R., Reed, D.J., Perillo, G.M., Hacker, S.D., Granek, E.F., Primavera, J.H., Muthiga, N., Polasky, S., Halpern, B.S., Kennedy, C.J. II, Kappel, C.V. & Wolanski, E. 2009. Non-linearity in ecosystem services: temporal, spatial and biological variability in coastal protection. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7:29-37.

Reed, D. J. 2007. Toward a coastal system for the 21st century. National Wetlands Newsletter, vol. 29, no. 5. 26-28.

Day, J. W., D. F. Boesch, E. J. Clairain, G. P. Kemp, S. B. Laska, W. J. Mitsch, K. Orth, H. Mashriqui, D. J. Reed, L. Shabman, C. A. Simenstad, B. J. Streever, R. R. Twilley, C. C. Watson, J. T. Wells, and D. F. Whigham. 2007 Restoration of the Mississippi Delta: Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Science 315: 1679-1684

Weinstein, M. and D. J. Reed. 2005. Sustainable Coastal Development: The Dual Mandate and a Recommendation for “Commerce Protected Areas”. Restoration Ecology 13: 174-182.

Reed, D.J. and L. Wilson. 2004. Coast 2050: A new approach to restoration of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Physical Geography 25: 4-21.

Barras, J., Beville, S., Britsch, D., Hartley, S., Hawes, S., Johnston, J., Kemp, P., Kinler, Q., Martucci, A., Porthouse, J., Reed, D., Roy, K., S. Sapkota, and Suhayda, J., 2003, Historical and projected coastal Louisiana land changes: 1978-2050: USGS Open File Report 03-334, 39p.

Hales, L., D. Jones and D. Reed. 2003. Long Distance Pipeline Transport of Dredged Material to restore Coastal Wetlands of Louisiana. Summary of Proceedings of a Technical Workshop. EPA, US Army Corps of Engineers, WEDA.

Leonard, L. A. and D.J. Reed. 2002. Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport Through Tidal Marsh Canopies. Journal of Coastal Research SI 36 459-469.

Reed, D.J. 2002. Sea level rise and coastal marsh sustainability: geological and ecological factors in the Mississippi Delta Plain. Geomorphology. 48: 233-243.

Reed, D.J. 2002. Understanding Tidal Marsh Sedimentation in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California. Journal of Coastal Research SI 36 605-611.

Scavia, D., J. C. Field, D. F. Boesch, R. W. Buddemeier, V. Burkett, D. R. Cayan, M. Fogarty, M. A. Harwell, R. W. Howarth, C. Mason, D. J. Reed, T. C. Royer, A. H. Sallenger and J.G. Titus. 2002. Climate Change Impacts on U.S. Coastal and Marine Ecosystems. Estuaries 25:149-164.

French, J.R. and D.J. Reed. 2001. Physical contexts for saltmarsh conservation. Pages 179-228. In: A. Warren and J.R. French (eds.) Habitat Conservation: Managing the Physical Environment. John Wiley & Son, Chichester.

Reed, D.J. 2001. Where did all the grass go? Sudden Marsh Loss in Jamaica Bay, New York. Coastlines 11.5: 10-11

Twilley, R.R., E.J. Barron, H.L. Gholtz, M.A. Harwell, R.L. Miller, D.J. Reed, J.B. Rose, E.H. Siemann, R.G. Wetzel and R.J. Zimmerman. 2001. Confronting climate change in the Gulf Coast region: prospects for sustaining our ecological heritage. Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge, Mass., and Ecological Society of America, Washington DC.

Boesch, D.F., J. Burger, C.F. D’Elia, D.J. Reed and D. Scavia. 2000. Scientific synthesis in estuarine management. In: John Hobbie (ed.) Estuarine Science: a synthetic approach to research and practice. Island Press, Washington D.C. 507-526pp.

Day, J.W. Jr., G.P. Shaffer, L.D. Britsch, D.J. Reed, S.R. Hawes and D.R. Cahoon. 2000. Pattern and process of land loss in the Mississippi Delta: a spatial and temporal analysis of wetland habitat change. Estuaries 23.4: 425-438.


Cahoon, D.R., J.W. Day and D.J. Reed. 1999. The influence of surface and shallow subsurface soil processes on wetland elevation: a review. Current Topics in Wetland Biogeochemistry 3: 72-89.

Kuhn, N.L., I.A. Mendelssohn and D.J. Reed. 1999.Altered hydrology effects on Louisiana salt marsh function. Wetlands 19: 617-626.

Reed, D.J. 1999. Response of mineral and organic components of coastal marsh accretion to global climate change. Current Topics in Wetland Biogeochemistry 3:90-109.
Reed, D.J., T. Spencer, A.L. Murray, J.R. French and L. Leonard. 1999. Marsh surface sediment deposition and the role of tidal creeks: Implications for created and managed coastal marshes. Journal of Coastal Conservation. 5: 81-90.

Reed, D.J., N. De Luca and A.L. Foote. 1997. Effect of hydrologic management on marsh surface sediment deposition in coastal Louisiana. Estuaries 20: 301-311.

Reed, D.J. and L.P. Rozas. 1995. Restoring Louisiana coastal habitats through infilling existing pipeline canals: a geomorphological evaluation. Wetlands 15: 149-158.

Reed, D.J. 1995. The response of coastal marshes to sea-level rise: survival or submergence? Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 20: 39-48.

Cahoon, D.R. and D.J. Reed. 1995. Relationships among marsh surface topography, hydroperiod, and soil accretion in a deteriorating Louisiana salt marsh. Journal of Coastal Research 11: 357-369.

Cahoon, D.R., D.J. Reed and J.W. Day. 1995. Estimating shallow subsidence in microtidal salt marshes of the southeastern United States: Kaye and Barghoorn revisited. Marine Geology 128: 1-9.

Rozas, L.P. and D.J. Reed. 1994. Comparing nekton assemblages of subtidal habitats in pipeline canals traversing brackish and saline marshes in coastal Louisiana. Wetlands 14: 262-275.

Rozas, L.P. and D.J. Reed. 1993. Nekton use of marsh surface habitats in Louisiana deltaic salt marshes undergoing submergence. Marine Ecology - Progress Series 96: 147-157.

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