Teaching, Research

Linking Nutrient and Hydrological Dynamics in the Mississippi River Basin to the Northern Gulf of Mexico


Every summer, hypoxia (defined as dissolved oxygen below 2 mg/L) threatens the economic and ecological vitality of the northern Gulf of Mexico, the nation’s largest and most productive fishery. Over the course of 12 months, the team will develop a new nutrient management plan for the Mississippi – Atchafalaya River Basin and northern Gulf of Mexico. The team will also create a graduate research design studio, LA 4008, in the Spring of 2015 that will build upon hypoxia data. Students will map and analyze the Basin and Gulf in order to provide varied yet comparable layers that can be overlaid and shaped as part of an interdisciplinary design workshop.


  • Forbes Lipschitz – Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
  • John Westra – Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Kehui Xu – Assistant Professor of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences

Target Goals
Stimulate bold, outside-of‐the‐box thinking about nutrient management along the Mississippi. Design a new framework for restoring the Mississippi River basin’s natural nutrient balance.

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