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Alex Breaux, M.S. Graduate Student

My Research

Alex BreauxI am working with Professors Alex Kolker and Karen Johannesson, monitoring and quantifying submarine groundwater movement from the Mississippi River through its Delta. I will be using geophysical CHIRP and resistivity data to map paleochannels through which submarine groundwater discharge flows, and use sediment core data to further understand the geology of the Barataria Bay area west of the Mississippi. The geophysical data will be used to contextualize geochemical data collected in the field, which includes an assessment of major cations and anions, as well as in situ Radon activity, which has been proven useful as a tracer of groundwater movement. I became interested in the interaction between fluvial, coastal, and hydrologic processes through courses I took, as well as time I spent working in Tulane's Sediment Dynamics Lab as an undergraduate in the Department.

My Life at Tulane

I graduated from Tulane in 2012 with a BS in Geology and am continuing my graduate studies in the Department as a master’s student. While I take classes at Tulane, my research is split between field work in and around Barataria Bay and lab work at Tulane and LUMCON (Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium) in Cocodrie, LA. Living, learning, and working in coastal Louisiana and New Orleans has given me further understanding of the importance of continuing to preserve such a unique habitat and city.

School of Science and Engineering, 201 Lindy Boggs Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5764 sse@tulane.edu