Senior Director, Coastal Resilience
Natalie is the Senior Director for EDF’s Coastal Resilience program. She works to ensure sound science is being utilized to plan, design, implement and adaptively manage projects and policies, with a focus on system dynamics to meet the challenges of climate change to our coastal ecosystems and communities. Natalie also serves on the Executive Committee of Restore the Mississippi River Delta, a coalition of local and national conservation organizations working to restore Louisiana’s vanishing coast.
Previously, Natalie was a senior scientist for Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, where she served as the 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.
B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Management, with minors in Forestry and Zoology & Physiology from Louisiana State University
M.S. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University
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.
Peyronnin, 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.S. Peyronnin, 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).
Peyronnin, N.S., 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.
Peyronnin, N., R. Caffey, J.H. Cowan Jr., J. Dubravko, A. Kolker, S. Laska, 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, J.D. Rogers, L. Giosan and N.Peyronnin. 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 (In Press).
Kemp, G.P., J.W. Day, Jr., A. Yáñez-Arancibia, and N.S. Peyronnin. 2016. Do Continental Shelf River Plumes in the Northern and Southern Gulf of Mexico Promote Ecological Resilience in a Time of Climate Change? Water 8(3): 83
Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan Technical Analysis. 2013. Natalie S. Peyronnin and Denise Reed (editors). Journal of Coastal Research: Special Issue 67.
Peyronnin, N.S., 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. In: Peyronnin, N.S. and Reed, D. (eds.), Journal of Coastal Research: Special Issue 67 - Louisiana′s 2012 Coastal Master Plan Technical Analysis.
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. 2012. Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: CPRA, 188p.
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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