John Lopez

Director, Coastal Sustainability Program, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

A physical scientist, John has been the director of LPBF's Coastal Sustainability Program which conducts coastal restoration and research since 2005. Born in New Orleans, he holds a Masters in Geology from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in Applied Science and Engineering from the University of New Orleans. He worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Project Management for the Coastal Restoration Branch including assignments with the Coastal Wetlands, Planning Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) and the Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration Study (LCA).

In 2005, he developed and advocated the Multiple Lines of Defense strategy for coastal Louisiana which has gained broad acceptance throughout the state. As part of the investigation into the 2011 Mississippi River flood, John and his staff documented the overbank flooding in the Bohemia Spillway. John and his coastal team developed a new coastal monitoring program called "hydrocoast." As director, he coordinates LPBF activities with numerous local and national NGO's and universities. From 2009 to the present, he has served on the state's Framework Development Team to advise on the state's new Master Plan for 2012. He is currently a member of the Coastal Advisory Committee for South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East and the Caernarvon Interagency Advisory Committee.

Scientific Publications

Lopez, J.A., T.K. Henkel, A.M. Moshogianis, A.D. Baker, E.C. Boyd, E.R. Hillmann, P.F. Connor, and D.B. Baker. (2014). Examination of Deltaic Processes of Mississippi River Outlets— Caernarvon Delta and Bohemia Spillway in Southeastern Louisiana. Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies.

Boyd, E., J.F. Pereira, G. Retana, A. Baker, J. Lopez, A. McCorquodale. (2013). An Oil Spill Surveillance Program for Lake Pontchartrain. Journal of Emergency Management.

Baker, A. and J. Lopez. (2013). The Bayou St. John Marsh Creation Project in New Orleans, LA. Basics of the Basin Research Conference Proceedings.

Hillman, E., A. Baker, D. Baker, T. Henkel, E. Boyd, and J. Lopez. (2013). Planting and Monitoring of the Caernarvon Delta Complex. Basics of the Basin Research Conference Proceedings.

Lopez, J., T. Henkel, A. Moshogianis, A. Baker, E. Boyd, E. Hillmann, and D. Baker. (2013). Hydrologic Evolution of Mardi Gras Pass 2012 to 2013 within the Bohemia Spillway of the Mississippi Delta in Southeast Louisiana. Basics of the Basin Research Conference Proceedings.

Lopez, J. A. (2009). The Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy to Sustain Coastal Louisiana. Journal of Coastal Research.

Lopez, J. A. (2009). The Environmental History of Human Induced Impacts to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin in Southeastern Louisiana since European Settlement – 1718 to 2002. Journal of Coastal Research.

Lopez, J.A. and N. Snider. (2008). Comprehensive Recommendations Supporting the Use of the Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy to Sustain Coastal Louisiana.

Lopez, J. A. (2007). Re-Assessment of the Mississippi River “Delta Model” Curve. Transactions.

Lopez, J. A., C. Dufrechou, A. Rheams, J. Mastrototaro, R. Dubois, M. Segura, I. Georgiou, P. Keddy, M. Poirrier, M. Schexnayder, and J. Rives. (2006). Comprehensive Habitat Management Plan for the Pontchartrain Basin in southeastern Louisiana.

Lopez, J.A. (2004). The Lake Pontchartrain Artificial Reef Program Deployment from 2000 to 2004, final report submitted to the LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

Lopez, J.A. (2003). Chronology and Analysis of Environmental Impacts within the Pontchartrain. Dissertation UNO.

Lopez, J.A., S. Penland, P. Connor, J. Kindinger, and J. Williams. (2001). Baton Rouge-Denham Springs Fault System, Lake Pontchartrain in S. Penland, A. Beall, and J. Waters. Environmental Atlas of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.

Partyka, G., J. Gridley, and J.A. Lopez. (1998). Interpretational Applications of Spectral Decomposition. Society of Exploration Geophysicists – Leading Edge.

Lopez, J.A., G. Partyka, N. Haskell, S. Nissen. (1997). Identification of Deltaic Facies with 3-D Seismic Coherency and Spectral Decomposition Cube: A Study From South Marsh Island Area, Gulf of Mexico. Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, and proceedings for the International Geophysical Conference and Exposition.

Lopez, J.A., S. Penland, and J. Williams. (1997). Confirmation of Active Geologic Faults in Lake Pontchartrain in Southeast Louisiana. Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies.

Lopez, J.A. (1997). Salt Tectonism of the U.S. Gulf Coast Basin. American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Lopez, J.A., Haskell, S. Nissen, and M. Bahoroich. (1995). 3-D Seismic Coherency and the Imaging of Sedimentologic Features. in transactions for “Predictive High Resolution Sequence Stratigraphy” Norsk Petroleum forening/NPF.

Bahorich, M., J.A. Lopez, A. Poole, S. Nissen, and N. Haskell. (1995). Stratigraphic and Structural Interpretation with 3-D Coherence. Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Bahorich, M., S. Nissen, N. Haskell, T. Donlon, M. Bahorich, and J.A. Lopez. (1995). 3-D Seismic Coherency Techniques Applied to the Delineation of Slump Features. Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Lopez, J.A. (1991). Origin of Lake Pontchartrain and the 1987 Irish Bayou Earthquake. Gulf Coast Section – Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Foundation in Quaternary Framework and Environmental Issues.

Lopez, J.A. (1990). Temporal Resolution of Depositional Processes in the Gulf Coast Tertiary. Gulf Coast Section – Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Foundation in Sequence Stratigraphy as an Exploration Tool.

Lopez, J.A. (1990). Structural Styles of Growth Faults in the U.S. Gulf Coast Basin. London Geological Society Spec Pub.

Erlich, W., J.A. Coleman, J.A. Lopez, and M. Lober. (1986). Dolomite Detachments: Exception or Rule. American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Erlich, W., J.A. Coleman, J.A. Lopez, and M. Lober. (1986). Ouachita/Appalachian Suture: A transpressional Zone. American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Lopez, J.A. (1983). Appalachian Thrust Model. American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Lopez, J.A. and W.M. von Henneberg. (1983). Geology of Boutte Field. New Orleans Geological Society, Geology of Southeast Louisiana Oil and Gas Fields.

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