Mississippi River

Located on the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans, the ByWater Institute at Tulane University offers state-of-the-art research, education and outreach facilities accented by the history and architecture of the Robin Street Wharf.

The ByWater Institute exemplifies the interdisciplinary ethos of the university. By supporting applied research and outreach, the center will help strengthen capacity to restore and protect the coast.

As a cornerstone of the university’s Riverfront Initiative, the ByWater Institute will further accelerate the city’s transformation into a world-renowned hub for innovation. The center is being developed in phases, with the first phase including new laboratory, educational and conferencing facilities, along with staging areas for field operations. In the long term, the goal is to redevelop the entire wharf into a riverfront promenade alongside a research and education district that dovetails with the Morial Convention center as well as nearby residential, commercial and retail development.

Our Mission

The ByWater Institute will foster applied research and community engagement on coastal concerns as well as incubate innovation within the emerging environmental and energy sectors.

Administration and Faculty
Director Michael Blum
Dept. Administrator Shelley Meaux
Research Associate Professor Amy Lesen
Research Assistant Professor Joshua Lewis
Postdoctoral Fellow Kristine Moody
Postdoctoral Fellow Rosalyn Rael      
Affiliated Programs
The Riverfront Campus Initiative
A Studio In The Woods
The New Orleans CNH Program
The CBR Faculty Fellowship Program
The Center for Resilience Innovation
The Global Rivers Observatory
The Water Institute of the Gulf