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ByWater Institute

​Located on the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans, the ByWater Institute at Tulane University offers state-of-the-art research, education and outreach facilities accented by the history and architecture of the Robin Street Wharf.

The ByWater Institute exemplifies the interdisciplinary ethos of the university. By supporting applied research and outreach, the center will help strengthen capacity to restore and protect the coast.

As a cornerstone of the university’s Riverfront Initiative, the ByWater Institute will further accelerate the city’s transformation into a world-renowned hub for innovation. The center is being developed in phases, with the first phase including new laboratory, educational and conferencing facilities, along with staging areas for field operations at the Tulane River and Coastal Center. In the long term, the goal is to redevelop the entire wharf into a riverfront promenade alongside a research and education district that dovetails with the Morial Convention center as well as nearby residential, commercial and retail development.

Contrast between overgrown lots near urban garden plots and manicured lawns
Lewis Ecosphere

ByWater Institute Research Assistant Professor Joshua Lewis is the lead author on a new study in the journal Ecosphere. In a study of plant life across New Orleans, the researchers found that demographic factors of wealth, race, housing recovery, and land abandonment were better predictors of vegetation patterns than the degree of intensity of flooding and wind during the 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

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ByWater Institute Director Mark Davis
New Director

The ByWater Institute welcomes new Director Mark Davis. Davis, founding director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources and Law Policy,  is a widely consulted authority on water management and a senior research fellow at Tulane Law School. He previously spent 14 years as executive director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, where he helped shape programs and policies to improve the stewardship of the wetlands and waters of coastal Louisiana.

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Entrance to the Tulane River and Coastal Center
New program aims to strengthen disaster response in coastal parishes

The Tulane River and Coastal Center provided an ideal setting for a week-long training for coastal parish leaders on disaster resilience. 

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Tulane Debuts ByWater Institute

Tulane debuts ByWater Institute on a new riverfront campus dedicated to coastal restoration and protection.

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Our Mission

The Institute aims to execute internationally recognized research, education and service programs on the environment, energy, and resilience that enrich complementary programs across the university.

Administration and Faculty
Director Mark Davis
Assistant Director Shelley Meaux
Research Associate Professor Amy Lesen
Research Assistant Professor Joshua Lewis
Postdoctoral Fellow Kristine Moody
Postdoctoral Fellow Rosalyn Rael      
Affiliated Programs
The Riverfront Campus Initiative
Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy
A Studio In The Woods
The New Orleans CNH Program
The Global Rivers Observatory
The Water Institute of the Gulf