Devyani Kar, PhD

Senior Manager and Scientist, Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds


Areas of expertise:
Coastal management, coastal restoration and protection, hurricane and flood risk reduction, hazard mitigation, and resilience planning

Dr. Devyani Kar is the coastal projects and programs manager for EDF’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.


Prior to EDF, Devyani worked in the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration as a coastal resources scientist and manager, where she managed numerous coastal restoration projects starting from design until the end of construction.

Devyani has also worked in disaster and hazard mitigation and contributed to a number of publications, including FEMA’s Hurricane Katrina After Action Review, the National Plan Review to assess nationwide catastrophic planning efforts, Louisiana’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and other local flooding and hazard mitigation plans.

Devyani has a Ph.D. in Oceanography from LSU where she studied the integration of paleotempestology with coastal risk and assessed the vulnerability of the coastal population in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

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).


  • Ph.D., Oceanography, Louisiana State University
  • Master of Coastal Environmental Management, Nicholas School of Environment and Earth Studies, Duke University
  • Bachelor of Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India


Kar, D., Rhode, R., Snider, N.P., and Robichaux, E., 2020. Measuring success through outcome indicators for restoration efforts in Louisiana. Global Coastal Issues of 2020. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 95, pp. 1128–1133. Coconut Creek (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208.

Kar, D., McCloskey, T., Liu, K-b., Kennedy, L., 2009. Reconstructing Paleohurricane disturbance regimes in the Dominican Republic (poster), January 9-11. International Biogeography Society, (biennial meeting) Merida, Mexico.

Kar, D., 2007. Public Access and Importance of Offers to Dedicate in California’s Coastline, Journal of Coastal Research 23 (II): 472 - 486.

Kar, D., Harvey, F., 2006. Spatial Analysis of 911 Calls for Special Needs Population during Katrina (presentation), April 4 - 6. Louisiana Remote Sensing and GIS Workshop.

Kar, D., 2005. An Evacuation and Shelter Model in Preparation for the Impact of a Hurricane Strike in New Orleans, Louisiana (referred to in - Reichhardt, T., Check, E., Marris, E., 2005. After the Floods, Nature Magazine 437: 174 - 176).