Wetlands: Race to Restore


Discover earth science, life science, and engineering design through the lens of wetland ecosystems

Connect with scientists from NOAA, The Water Institute of the Gulf, USGS, The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to learn about:

  • Wetland ecosystems and ecology, including ecosystem modeling
  • Physical and chemical properties of water
  • Storm buffering and natural water filtration
  • Economic activity supported by healthy wetlands
  • Geologic processes of erosion, deposition, and subsidence
  • Engineering challenges related to restoring wetland habitat
  • Scientific tools and techniques for monitoring change over time
  • Approaches to recognizing and preserving essential habitats



Mission 1: Earth Science — Wetland Environments

Host Researchers:
Rachel Sweeney
Fishery Biologist
National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA

Denise Reed, PhD.
Chief Scientist
The Water Institute of the Gulf

Expedition 1 begins with the mighty Mississippi River system. The Mississippi River not only drains almost half of the continental United States, but also holds the key to the formation of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. You will join geologist Denise Reed and wetland scientist Rachel Sweeney to explore the basic processes by which rivers form wetlands and why Louisiana’s wetlands are slowly sinking.


Mission 2: Life Science — Wetland Ecosystems

Host Researchers:
Mark Schexnayder
Marine Biologist
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Dr. Jacoby Carter
Research Ecologist
National Wetlands Research Center, USGS

In Expedition 2, you will work with marine biologist Mark Schexnayder and research ecologist Jacoby Carter to answer questions about Louisiana’s diverse wetland ecosystems. You will examine ways in which human activities affect Louisiana’s wetlands and the plants and animals living there, and you will find out how researchers are working to protect and preserve wetland environments.


Mission 3: Engineering Design — Wetland Restoration

Host Researchers:
Kyle Graham
Executive Director
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Kodi Guillory
Civil Engineer
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Join two representatives of Louisiana’s Coastal Planning and Restoration Authority (CPRA) — director Kyle Graham and civil engineer Kodi Guillory — to examine the challenges that wetland loss poses for all the inhabitants of Louisiana. You will look at the effects of vanishing wetlands on the Louisiana region and the United States. You will see the effects on industry, food supply, jobs, and the daily life and safety of residents of New Orleans and the entire Mississippi River delta. You will also look at how people with different interests are working together to restore wetlands through projects both large and small.

© 2022 JASON Learning