Ph.D., Coastal Geology, University of New Orleans
M.S., Geology, Tulane University
1981, B.S., Geology, Nicholls State University
Management Institute training
Before joining Applied
Coastal in February 2015, Dr. Britsch was Lead Geologist for the US Army
Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District between 1990 and 2015. He
planned and managed the activities of a team of professional and support
employees engaged in accomplishing coastal, engineering, and
environmental geology studies in Louisiana and served as the subject
matter expert for geology at the District.
He was responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of all
geologic input to Corps studies at the New Orleans District. Work
concentrated mainly on subsurface interpretation of deltaic environments
for the design of Mississippi River and hurricane protection levees. He
completed numerous studies of foundation conditions in coastal
Louisiana, geologic/geomorphic development of the Mississippi River
deltaic plain, subsidence rates in coastal Louisiana, land loss rates,
groundwater movement in shallow aquifers, sedimentation rates in coastal
bays and lakes, and location of sand and clay borrow sources for coastal
restoration and levee construction.
Dr. Britsch represented Geology Section and Engineering Division
on multiagency study teams and work groups, such as the Louisiana
Coastal Area Study, Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration
Act, and the Sand Management Workgroup, providing geologic input, and
consensus building for project development and selection.
Between 1986 and 1990, Dr.
Britsch worked as a Research Geologist at the US Army Corps of
Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station, Geotechnical Laboratory in
Vicksburg, MS. He was Principal investigator responsible for research
studies dealing with major river basins to identify alluvial and deltaic
environments of deposition, reconstruct the geologic history and map
their associated soil types for engineering, geologic, and
archaeological investigations. He was responsible for submission of
initial proposals, budgeting, and resource management to insure
completion of projects in a timely manner within budget constraints.
Before relocating to the New Orleans District, he was Principal
investigator for a 5-year project to map land loss for the entire coast
of Louisiana. He was
co-principal investigator for a project to complete surface and
subsurface geologic mapping of the Mississippi River deltaic plain using
topographic, photographic, boring, seismic, and water well data.
From 1984 to 1986, Dr.
Britsch was a Research Physical Scientist at the US Army Corps of
Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station, Coastal Engineering Research
Center in Vicksburg, MS. As
co-principal investigator for a large geomorphic study in coastal
Louisiana, he developed models of deltaic evolution based on physical
processes and subsurface information, and interpreted depositional
history of geologic/geomorphic features based on detailed sedimentologic
analyses. He designed field
sampling procedures and performed field work and laboratory analyses
including site reconnaissance, vibracore and auger sampling, side-scan
sonar, sub-bottom profiling, radiography, and grain size.
He participated in data collection and analysis for several beach
restoration and research efforts at sites including Cape May, New
Jersey; Ocean City, Maryland; Duck, North Carolina; and Last Island,