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Our work is purposeful and functional, bringing unprecedented attention and resources to the fields of water stewardship and the sustainability and resilience of natural and human communities. Your support will help Tulane’s reputation reach new levels of distinction as a leading research university and key partner in these areas.


We are working with academic and community partners to develop The Resilience Lab, a hub for research, education and outreach on the resilient city of the future. Your support will make possible that work, and inspire new collaborations by bringing experts from around the campus and across the world to present their research and build interdisciplinary teams.


Your support will allow the ByWater Institute to recruit and retain talented faculty. Support in this category will spark new projects and accelerate early-stage research that has the potential to respond to fast-breaking opportunities and bring in significant outside funding. Faculty enhancement funds and fellowships allow our faculty to achieve new heights by making funding, vessels, vehicles, facilities, and networks of scholars and community contacts available. Your generosity will increase our capacity to conduct basic and applied research.


The ByWater Institute offers research, education and outreach facilities that strengthen our capacity to do meaningful work and collaborate with community partners. Opportunities are available to help expand and maintain these facilities.

The Tulane River and Coastal Center is 5,800-square-feet of research and conference facilities located along the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans. Accessible to multiple departments and partner organizations, it is used as a staging ground for research and events in support of the institute’s mission. A Studio in the Woods is nestled in Carmichael Forest, eight acres of bottomland hardwood forest on the Mississippi River on the Lower Coast of New Orleans. The Studio provides a nurturing environment for research and education, providing living and working space for artists and scholars in residence and frequently opens its doors for public programming. The Lower Coast Field Station shares space with the Studio and provides a carefully stewarded forest that allows researchers, teachers, and students a venue for exploring and studying aspects of the natural and human history of the region in ways that are both rare and convenient.

A gift of any size can be directed to the ByWater general fund to be used at the discretion of the Director to respond to the institute’s greatest needs. To give online, please click here