Devyani Kar, PhD

Senior Manager and Scientist, Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund

Dr. Devyani Kar is the senior manager and scientist for Environmental Defense Fund’s Mississippi River Delta restoration program. She monitors and tracks priority coastal restoration projects from Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan as they advance from feasibility and planning to engineering and design to construction. She is also chair of the projects and programs committee for the Restore the Mississippi River Delta coalition.

Devyani’s background includes coastal project management, coastal science research, hazard mitigation and urban planning. Prior to EDF, she was a Coastal Resources Scientist (CRS) manager with Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, where she managed several restoration projects including Caillou Lake Headlands Barrier Island Restoration, Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation, Long Distance Sediment Pipeline, and Queen Bess Island Restoration. Devyani is a Certified Climate Change Professional accredited by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) accredited by the Association of State Floodplain Management (ASFPM), and Project Management Professional (PMP) accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Scientific Publications


Devyani Kar, Rachel Rhode, Natalie Peyronnin Snider, and Estelle Robichaux. “Measuring Success through Outcome Indicators for Restoration Efforts in Louisiana,” Journal of Coastal Research 95(sp1), 1128-1133, (2020).

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