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As an academic center under the Office of Research at Tulane, the ByWater Institute conducts and facilitates research, education, and outreach through cross-disciplinary partnerships and collaborations. The mission of the Tulane ByWater Institute is to advance applied, interdisciplinary research and community engagement initiatives around coastal resilience and the urban environment.

Interdisciplinary Research
Building on the 30+ year legacy of the Tulane-Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, the ByWater Institute and its partners take advantage of the natural laboratory of New Orleans and the Lower Mississippi Delta region to address questions of global concern. With an emphasis on achieving a sustainable balance between natural and human systems, the ByWater Institute strives to enhance engaged scholarship on energy, environment, and resilience. 

Faculty & University Enhancement
The ByWater Institute is dedicated to enhancing the professional development of Tulane faculty and supporting the University’s research and education goals by: 

  • Guiding research proposal submission
  • Awarding research funds
  • Supporting graduate students
  • Purchasing shared equipment
  • Sponsoring seminars and campus-wide programming
  • Hosting Scholarly Residencies at A Studio in the Woods
  • Enhancing engagement between the University and community partners throughout the region

Outreach & Education
The ByWater Institute works closely with community groups by building partnerships and sponsoring public events at the Tulane River and Coastal Center on the Mississippi River in Downtown New Orleans, and through cross-disciplinary residency programs at A Studio in the Woods, an 8-acre wooded facility in lower coast Algiers on the Mississippi River.