Natalie Snider, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President, Climate Resilient Coasts & Watersheds, Environmental Defense Fund

Natalie ensures sound science is being used to plan, design, implement and adaptively manage coastal restoration projects and policies, with a focus on system dynamics. Natalie serves on the Executive Committee of  Restore the Mississippi River Delta. Previously, Natalie was a senior scientist for Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), where she served as technical lead and science communicator for the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, diversion coordinator, and liaison with The Water Institute of the Gulf and academic institutions. Natalie also worked as science director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, where her responsibilities included science advocacy, regulatory oversight, on-the-ground restoration, staff and volunteer management, partnership development, grant management and outreach.


Snider, N. and R. Condrey. 2017. Using Louisiana’s coastal history to innovate its coastal future. Shore & Beach 85(4): 34-38.

Smith, S.L., S.E. Cunniff, N. Snider, and J. Kritzer. 2017. Prioritizing coastal ecosystem stressors in the Northeast United States under increasing climate change. Environmental Science & Policy 78: 49-57.

World Bank. 2017. Implementing nature-based flood protection: Principles and implementation guidance. Washington, D.C.: World Bank. (Contributing author). Snider, N., R.H. Caffey, J.H. Cowan, D. Justic, A.S. Kolker, S.B. Laska, A. McCorquodale, E. Melancon Jr., J.A. Nyman, R.R. Twilley, J.M. Visser, J.R. White and J.G. Wilkins. 2017. Optimizing Sediment Diversion Operations: Working Group Recommendations for Integrating Complex Ecological and Social Landscape Interactions. Water, 9(6): 368.

Snider, N., R.Caffey, J.H. Cowan Jr., J. Dubravko, A. Kolker, S. Lasksa, A. McCorquodale, E. Melancon Jr., J.A. Nyman, R. Twilley, J. Visser, J. White, and J. Wilkins. (2016). Building Land in Coastal Louisiana: Expert Recommendations for Operating a Successful Sediment Diversion that Balances Ecosystem and Community Needs.

Kemp, G.P., J.W. Day, L. Rogers, Giosan, and N. Snider. (2016). Enhancing mud supply from the Lower Missouri River to the Mississippi River Delta USA: Dam bypassing and coastal restoration. Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science.

Kemp, G.P., J.W. Day, A. Yanez-Arancibia, and N. Snider. (2016). Do Continental Shelf River Plumes in the Northern and Southern Gulf of Mexico Promote Ecological Resilience in a Time of Climate Change? Water.

Snider, N. and D. Reed. (2013). Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan Technical Analysis. Journal of Coastal Research.

Snider, N., M. Green, C.P. Richards, A. Owens, D. Reed, J. Chamberlain, D.G. Groves, K. Rhinehart, and K. Belhadjali. (2013). Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan: Overview of a Science-Based and Publicly Informed Decision-Making Process. Journal of Coastal Research.

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. (2012). Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. (2008). Comprehensive Recommendations Supporting the Use of the Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy to Sustain Coastal Louisiana: Version I Report.


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