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Bryan P. Piazza


Bryan P. Piazza

Director, Freshwater and Marine Science, The Nature Conservancy, Louisiana

Bryan Piazza is the director of freshwater and marine science for The Nature Conservancy’s Louisiana Chapter. Bryan’s work focuses on developing and implementing freshwater and coastal science to support conservation and restoration both in Louisiana and in collaboration with other Conservancy programs (Gulf of Mexico, Global Marine Team, Great Rivers Partnership). He has published on a number of conservation and restoration topics and is the author of a book titled The Atchafalaya River Basin – History and Ecology of an American Wetland.

Bryan also enjoys engaging graduate students in conservation issues. He serves as adjunct assistant professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University, the Biology Department at Nicholls State University, and the Department of Environmental Resources and Policy at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He works with graduate students at all three universities and teaches a course on environmental decision making at LSU.

Bryan’s work focuses on the connection between science, resource management, and environmental policy and the role of decision making in that space. In that capacity, he works with talented teams on the development science-based decision making processes, decision-support tools, and products for engaging stakeholders in conservation and restoration. Current projects include 1) the Atchafalaya River Basin Initiative – conservation and restoration of America’s largest river swamp; 2) development and expansion of an online decision support network for freshwater resources; 3) working with the Tulane Law School’s Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy to develop innovative ways to deliver technical information into statewide water policy development in Louisiana; and 4) applying environmental and social science to improve conservation, restoration, and management of oyster habitat across the northern Gulf of Mexico. He also worked on the development of Gulf of Mexico Resilience Decision Support Tool and provides consultation on stakeholder application of that tool. Bryan is also interested in the role of habitat and hydrologic restoration in nutrient cycling and using market-based approaches to incentivize conservation.

Prior to joining TNC, Bryan designed and implemented applied research in aquatic systems across the Louisiana coast, particularly focused on the effects of re-connecting the Mississippi River to the coastal wetlands that it created and restoring oyster reefs. He specializes in developing ecosystem metrics to measure restoration success in aquatic systems. He also has experience developing coastal policy, managing projects to restore coastal wetlands, and developing monitoring protocols and installing instrumentation to monitor the effects of these projects. 

Bryan has a B.S. in Wildlife Management and Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, an M.S. in Wildlife Science from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Science from Louisiana State University. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife and two gregarious sons.

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In Review

Kozak, J.P., Bennett, M.G., Piazza, B.P. & Remo, J.F. Towards dynamic flow regime management for floodplain restoration in the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana. Journal of Hydrology, in review.

Haase, C.S., Weber, D., Rice, C., Baustian, J.J., Piazza, B.P., Bergan, J.F., Ouchley, K. & Ouchley, K. Reconnection and restoration of the Mollicy Unit on the Ouachita River Floodplain, Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge, Lousiana, USA. Restoration Ecology, in review.

2015

Kozak, J.P. & Piazza, B.P. (2015). A proposed process for applying a structured decision-making framework to restoration planning in the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana, U.S.A. Restor Ecol, 23, 46–52.

Piazza, B.P., Allen, Y.C., Martin, R., Bergan, J.F., King, K. & Jacob, R. (2015). Floodplain conservation in the Mississippi River Valley: combining spatial analysis, landowner outreach, and market assessment to enhance land protection for the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana, U.S.A. Restor Ecol, 23, 65–74.

Rice, C.L., Weber, D.S., Haase, C.S. & Piazza, B.P. (2015). Water quality monitoring station design for remote sites experiencing extreme water level fluctuation. River Res. Applic., 31, 173–180.

2014

La Peyre, M., Furlong, J., Brown, L.A., Piazza, B.P. & Brown, K. (2014). Oyster reef restoration in the northern Gulf of Mexico: extent, methods and outcomes. Ocean & Coastal Management, 89, 20–28.

Piazza, B.P. (2014). The Atchafalaya River Basin: history and ecology of an American wetland. Texas A&M University Press.

2012

Piazza, B.P. & La Peyre, M.K. (2012). Measuring Changes in Consumer Resource Availability to Riverine Pulsing in Breton Sound, Louisiana, USA. PLoS ONE, 7, e37536.

2011

Piazza, B.P. & La Peyre, M.K. (2011). Nekton community response to a large-scale Mississippi River discharge: examining spatial and temporal response to river management. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 91, 379–387.

2010

Piazza, B.P. & La Peyre, M.K. (2010). Using Gambusia affinis growth and condition to assess estuarine habitat quality: a comparison of indices. Mar Ecol Prog Ser, 412, 231–245.

Piazza, B.P., La Peyre, M.K. & Keim, B.D. (2010). Relating large-scale climate variability to local species abundance: ENSO forcing and shrimp in Breton Sound, Louisiana, USA. Clim Res, 42, 195–207.

2009

Piazza, B.P. & La Peyre, M.K. (2009). The effect of Hurricane Katrina on nekton communities in the tidal freshwater marshes of Breton Sound, Louisiana, USA. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 83, 97–104.

Piazza, B.P., Piehler, M.K., Gossman, B.P., La Peyre, M.K. & La Peyre, J.F. (2009). Oyster recruitment and growth on an electrified artificial reef structure in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Bulletin of Marine Science, 84, 59–66.

2008

La Peyre, M.K., Gossman, B. & Piazza, B.P. (2008). Short- and long-term response of deteriorating brackish marshes and open-water ponds to sediment enhancement by thin-layer dredge disposal. Estuaries and Coasts, 32, 390–402.

2007

Piazza, B.P. & La Peyre, M.K. (2007). Restoration of the annual flood pulse in Breton Sound, Louisiana, USA: habitat change and nekton community response. Aquat Biol, 1, 109–119.

2005

Piazza, B.P., Banks, P.D. & La Peyre, M.K. (2005). The potential for created oyster shell reefs as a sustainable shoreline protection strategy in Louisiana. Restoration Ecology, 13, 499–506.

2004

Piazza, B.P. (2004). Notes on nesting in the Bronzy Jacamar (Galbula leucogastra) in Peru. Cotinga, 21, 68.

Piazza, B.P. & Wright, V.L. (2004). Within-season nest persistence in large wading bird rookeries. Waterbirds: The International Journal of Waterbird Biology, 27, 362–367.

 

Bryan Piazza is the director of freshwater and marine science for The Nature Conservancy’s Louisiana Chapter. Bryan’s work focuses on developing and implementing freshwater and coastal science to support conservation and restoration both in Louisiana and in collaboration with other Conservancy programs (Gulf of Mexico, Global Oceans, and North America Freshwater). He also serves as adjunct assistant professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University, the Biology Department at Nicholls State University, and in the Department of Environmental Resources and Policy at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He works with graduate students at all three Universities and teaches a course on environmental decision making at LSU.

Bryan has over 20 years of experience with conservation, and restoration of wetlands and aquatic systems, including scientific research, project implementation, and policy development. His work focuses on the ecology and management of aquatic systems and decision-science, including the innovative delivery of scientific information into decision-making and policy. In that capacity, he works with talented teams on the conservation and restoration of habitats for multiple benefits, development science-based decision making processes, decision-support tools, and products for engaging stakeholders in conservation and restoration.

Current projects include 1) the Atchafalaya River Basin Initiative – conservation and restoration of America’s largest river swamp; 2) development and expansion of an online decision support network for freshwater resources; 3) working with the Tulane Law School’s Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy to develop innovative ways to deliver technical information into statewide water policy development in Louisiana; and 4) applying environmental and social science to improve conservation, restoration, and management of oyster habitat across the northern Gulf of Mexico. He also worked on the development of Gulf of Mexico Resilience Decision Support Tool and provides consultation on stakeholder application of that tool. Bryan is also interested in the role of habitat and hydrologic restoration in nutrient cycling and using market-based approaches to incentivize conservation. He serves on the science team for TNC’s Mississippi River Basin Nutrient Management Project.

Prior to joining TNC, Bryan designed and implemented applied research in aquatic systems across the Louisiana coast, particularly focused on the effects of re-connecting the Mississippi River to the coastal wetlands that it created and restoring oyster reefs. He specializes in developing ecosystem metrics to measure restoration success in aquatic systems. He also has experience developing coastal policy, managing projects to restore coastal wetlands, and developing monitoring protocols and installing instrumentation to monitor the effects of these projects.

Bryan has a B.S. in Wildlife Management and Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, an M.S. in Wildlife Science from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Science from Louisiana State University. He has published on a number of conservation and restoration topics, been interviewed by local, regional, and national media, and is the author of a book titled The Atchafalaya River Basin – History and Ecology of an American Wetland. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife and two gregarious sons.

 

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Director of Science Communications
Phone: 208-350-2203
E-mail: m_miller[at]tnc[dot]org

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental Decision Making
  • Resource Management
  • Freshwater and Marine Science

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