About Natalie Snider

Natalie Snider, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President, Climate Resilient Coasts & Watersheds


Areas of expertise:

Ecosystems, large-scale restoration and protection planning, science communication, natural resources management and policy, science-based decision making, ecosystem services, natural infrastructure, rivers and deltas.


Natalie is the Associate Vice President for EDF’s Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds program. Growing up on the Louisiana coast and her love of water has fueled her passion to ensure climate resilient and healthy communities and ecosystems along coasts and rivers thrive with water, and are safe, equitable and prosperous places to live, work and play. She works to ensure sound science is being utilized to holistically develop solutions to multiple flood risks, with a focus on natural infrastructure’s multiple benefits to the socio-ecological system to meet the challenges of climate change.


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 UniversityM.S. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University.

Ph.D. in Marine and Estuarine Environmental Sciences from the University of Maryland.


Lambert, C.E., Holley, J.R., McComas, K.A., Snider, N.P., & Tucker, G.K. (2021). A qualitative study of place attachment, risk perception, and coastal land loss in southern Louisiana. Sustainability, 13(11), 6269. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116269

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.