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Louis D. Britsch, III, Ph.D.

Senior Deltaic Geologist

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Areas of Expertise

   Regional surface and subsurface geologic/geomorphic mapping

   Processes affecting land loss in coastal and estuarine environments

   Sand resource and mining investigations

   Extensive experience with soft-sediment sampling techniques

   Aerial imagery interpretation

   Groundwater investigations



2007  Ph.D., Coastal Geology, University of New Orleans

1984  M.S., Geology, Tulane University

1981, B.S., Geology, Nicholls State University



Professional Registration


Registered Professional Geologist

Project Management Institute training

HTRW/NORM training/certification


Relevant Experience

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, Louisiana.








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